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Windows® Essential Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion by J. C. Mackin, Charlie Russel

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System Center Essentials

System Center Essentials provides the essential functionality that you need to keep your Windows EBS network functioning well. System Center Essentials includes a combination of patch management, application deployment, real-time monitoring, and historical reporting. The patch-management and application-deployment functionality has already been covered in Chapter 9, but here we’re focusing on the monitoring and reporting functionality that not only allows you to see the current status of your network but to understand how the network has functioned over time. This gives you the ability to see trends and anticipate problems before they become emergencies—in other words, to be proactive instead of reactive.

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