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Microsoft Launches SP2 for SMS 2.0

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Service Pack 2 for Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0, which includes new support for Windows 2000.

SP2 for SMS provides several performance enhancements, including better scalability for large environments, increased accuracy of software distribution, and easier upgrades. It also extends client and server support to include Windows 2000. SMS can be used in the planning and rollout of Windows 2000 systems, and once deployed, provides services necessary to manage all Windows-based systems as a part of a heterogeneous enterprise, whether or not Active Directory is deployed.

In addition to the release of SP2, Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) announced the release of a study by NerveWire Inc., "Investing in Desktop Management Productivity," that indicates customers save an average of $1,872 per device per year when using SMS 2.0. - Isaac Slepner

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