Systems Management Server (SMS) provides you with the tools you
need to centrally manage software and hardware for your
organization. SMS version 2.0 improves on previous
versions of the product by providing greater ease-of-use, new core
features, and enhancements to existing features.
SMS is now a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. The
MMC is a framework where management tasks can be performed within a
single, integrated interface.
Hardware and software inventory collection (enhanced).
Software distribution (enhanced).
Software metering (new).
Product compliance (new).
Remote Tools — formerly Remote Control (enhanced).
Detailed status reporting (new).
Network monitoring (enhanced with many new features).
Network infrastructure support which includes resource
discovery and tracing of network routes (new).
Novell NetWare NDS support (new).
Features That Make SMS 2.0 Easy to Use:
Wizards for common tasks.
Simplified user interface.
Improved performance and scalability.
Enhanced query builder.
Extended security configurations.
Comprehensive reporting system.
Improved client user interface.
Help on any SMS object, accessed through F1 or right-clicking