Microsoft announces launch date for SMS successor

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 will be released in November, with Microsoft offering the chance for pre-release evaluation

Microsoft is to start shipping System Center Configuration Manager 2007, its new system-management software, from November.

Previously known as Systems Management Server, the enhanced product is designed to allow firms to more effectively manage upgrades and application changes in dynamic IT infrastructures, according to Microsoft.

The software giant said the new product can be used to manage servers, clients and handheld devices across physical, virtual, distributed and mobile systems from a single console and with greater security.

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 allows companies to manage full application deployments and update lifecycles with streamlined, policy-based automation.

The platform is optimised for common enterprise platforms, including Windows Vista and the forthcoming Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft is offering businesses the chance to evaluate the product ahead of the launch.