Microsoft released the Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta. “Power management is at the core of the ConfigMgr 2007 R3 release, and addresses the need that many organizations have to monitor & reduce both power consumption and CO2 emissions. R3 Power Management leverages power management features built into Windows to apply relevant & consistent settings to computers in organization. R3 will also deliver enhancements to Scale & Performance. In scale area, R3 shifts number of supported clients to 300,000 per site. With respect to performance, R3 will provide improvements to AD Discovery with new feature called Delta Active Directory Discovery. When combined with additional feature called Dynamic Collection addition, Administrators will able to significantly reduce time it takes to reflect AD changes, and Collection updates. Finally, R3 delivers a new capability to OS Deployment, called Prestaged Media. This allow organizations to package their OS boot and install WIM image components into 1 common image, that can be provided to their hardware vendor, or supplier. This feature builds on top of existing Task Sequence technology, and integrates fully with OS deployment capabilities,” said Microsoft.
Download: ConfigMgr 2007 R3 Beta