SMS 4 first look

After talking about SMS 2003 for such a long time, it’s going to be a bit strange talking about SMS 4, but I’ve noticed that the SMS homepage allows you to have a look at the SMS 4 beta and download it.  So in addition to downloading SMS 2003 R2, you can also register and download the SMS 4 beta.  You do need to have the following software installed before downloading SMS 4 though – so be aware of this list:

ire the following software:

SMS site systems also require the following software:
Site systems require Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 or later if they will perform any of the following site systems roles:
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)-enabled distribution point (requires BITS server and Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning [WebDAV] extensions)
Management point (requires BITS server and WebDAV extensions)
State migration point (requires BITS server and WebDAV extensions)
Reporting point (requires Active Server pages)
Server locator point
All SMS distribution point systems using BITS bandwidth throttling require BITS 2.0 or later.
System health validator points require that the Network Policy Server service is enabled.
The SMS site database server requires Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2000 SP3a or later.
All site systems require Internet Explorer 5.0 or later.
All site servers must be a member of a Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 Active Directory domain.
SMS primary site servers, secondary site servers, and any computers running the SMS Administrator console require Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0, which is available at Microsoft Management Console 3.0 Pre-Release (RC1 Refresh).
All computers running the SMS Administrator console require the .NET Framework 2.0