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IDG Contributor Network: What Configuration Manager’s 25th birthday celebration tells us about a destiny of IT

Configuration Manager is a unsung favourite of corporate IT no more.

Indeed, as if to make adult for mislaid time, Microsoft has been imprinting a 25th anniversary of one of a least-celebrated, nonetheless most-ubiquitous, products with poignant pushing – including, trust it or not, a 30-minute documentary film charting a full story of CM. (And it’s indeed unequivocally good –  you can watch it here.) Microsoft has also been mouth-watering users to share their CM recollections, too, good and bad.

It’s tough to conflict a invitation to reminisce, generally when my possess story with Systems Management Server (SMS, as it was once known) stretches all a proceed behind to a beta of chronicle 1.0, that we was assisting to exercise during a sequence of UK banks in a 90’s.

The plan was really successful, yet it’s satisfactory to contend that SMS indispensable a lot of TLC in those early days, and we got to know some Microsoft support folks flattering good during a project. Working late one night on a server upgrade, a co-worker glanced during his monitor, clapped a palm to his skull, and literally ran out a office. we went over to demeanour during a SMS console – and saw a small, charcterised wrecking-ball gif methodically outstanding by a SMS hierarchy, any of a listed offices, one by one. My co-worker had done a vicious mistake.

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