The System Essentials team is very pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate 1 software on the Microsoft Connect website.We encourage you to promptly download and start testing this exciting release of SCE! What’s new in Essentials RC1?


  • Support for upgrading from WSUS 2.0 and 3.0
  • Emailed Daily Health Report
  • Automatic scheduled discovery of computers from Active Directory
  • Enhanced network monitoring of SNMP-enabled network devices including a network topology diagram view
  • Remote Control support for remote control of managed client and server computers
  • Ability to import Update catalogs from third-party software publishers
  • SQL Services based reporting on monitoring, hardware and software inventory
  • Setup experience improvements for SQL Server selection and file locations
  • More management packs including support for Exchange 2003, Dynamics CRM 3.0, and Active Directory

Enhanced Platform support

  • non-English US locales
  • installing Essentials on x64 servers
  • managing Windows Vista
  • managing x64 systems
  • Support for managing systems in multiple domains in a single forest

System Center Essentials RC1 at Connect