Microsoft announced the availability this week of its Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0, management software for Windows NT- and Windows-based systems. SMS 2.0 includes planning tools, including Year 2000 compliance checking, deployment tools, and diagnostic tools that are designed to help administrators keep NT networks running smoothly.

"Organizations of all sizes need the ability to lower the cost of managing the change and configuration of their personal computers," said Jim Allchin, senior VP of the personal and business systems group at Microsoft. "Systems Management Server 2.0 helps organizations create a well-managed Windows-based environment by providing them with a comprehensive set of management tools to significantly lower their management costs through centralized planning, deployment and diagnostics."

For more information about SMS 2.0 and Windows management, please visit the SMS Web site