System Center and the management of the Windows environment is heavily featured this week. Expect a full refresh of the System Center family in 2010. SC Operations Manager R2 should release in Q2 2009 including SLA monitoring and the ability to manage non-Windows machines.
SP1 of SC Data Protection Manager 2008 arrives this month and now supports Hyper-V together with enhanced support for SQL Server, Exchange and MOSS.
Service Manager gets a beta refresh this week with the ability to define Roles based on user data imported from Active Directory and the integration with Configuration Manager and Operations Manager. PowerShell scripts can be used to perform remediation activities. Change and Incident Management are its real strengths. It should RTM in H1 2010.