Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates Beta

The Systems Management Server and Windows Update Services teams have combined their technologies to provide SMS customers with a new SMS security update scan tool for enterprise patch management: the Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates.
The SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates enables customers to standardize on the latest Microsoft software update technology. Windows Update Services and the WSUSScan catalog contain patching support for all of the upcoming Microsoft Update/Windows Update products including Windows, Office, SQL Server, and Exchange. The inventory tool enables the following:
   – Detection and deployment of the latest security updates, update rollups and service packs from Microsoft
   – Improved patch management through a more comprehensive and more widely-supported detection technology
   – Broader detection support for more Microsoft products
   – Consistent product support across multiple detection technologies including parity with Automatic Updates

Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates is currently in development and is scheduled for release in the second half of 2005. The beta program for Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates is open for nominations. If you would like to participate, please visit the Microsoft BetaPlace site and follow the nomination instructions below.

Please note that:

Not all nominations for the Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates beta program can be accepted due to a limited number of spaces in the program.
 
We would ask that you only nominate your company for evaluation of Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates if you are willing to provide feedback to Microsoft. We consider customer feedback from Beta programs critical to our ability to successfully deliver a product that meets customer needs. If your interest is just in learning more about Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates, please keep checking this Web site over coming months for new product information.
 

To obtain access to the beta:

1. Go to the Microsoft Betaplace site  and sign in with your Microsoft .Net Passport ID. If you don’t have a Passport account, you will need to first complete a Passport registration.
 
2. Enter the Guest ID “SMSInvite” (this ID is case-sensitive).
 
3. Click on the Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates link.
 
4. Click on the Nomination link on the left side of the page.
 
5. Fill out and submit the nomination form.