Microsoft have announced that two new server management capabilities will be available through Microsoft® System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD). This adds additional functionality to Microsoft’s strategic offering to target IT pros that manage physical and virtual information technology (IT) environments across data centers, desktops, and devices.
The Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) Includes Server Management Licenses (MLs) for,
- System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
- System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2
- System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
- System Center Service Manager 2010
The System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and System Center Data Protection Manager Management Server licenses are included with the purchase of the Management Licenses (MLs) for these products
Server Licenses for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, and System Center Service Manager 2010 must be purchased separately.
The Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) provides rights to manage up to four (4) Virtual Operating System Environments (VOSEs) plus the Physical Operating System Environment (POSE) provided the POSE is limited to supporting the virtualization capability per license.
The Server Management Suite Datacenter provides rights to manage an unlimited number of operating system environments (OSEs) on a single physical server.
Service Manager will now be a new component of both SMSE & SMSD when Service Manager is released. This will improve datacenter service availability and performance by integrating incident and problem management with operational tools. When Service Manager becomes available on general availability, customers licensed for the SMSE or SMSD will receive the Service Manager Server ML as part of their active Software Assurance (SA) coverage.
Opalis software was purchased by Microsoft at the back-end of 2009. Microsoft customers who have acquired SMSE or SMSD with active Software Assurance (SA) on or after December 10th, 2009 will receive an Opalis license grant. The corresponding licenses are as follows,
Microsoft have also announced that both the System Center SMSE and SMSD will have a price increase on August 1st 2010
[UPDATE] The SMSE price will increase by 30%, and the SMSD price will increase by 75%
Recommend acquiring or renewing SA now to lock in pricing before the increase