In order to get feedback from tester before the final release of its Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010, the System Center Essentials team has recently released its first Release Candidate of Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 for free download. Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 is being designed to IT professionals in mid-sized organizations for effectively and proactively manage their IT environment form a single console.

The Release Candidate of System Center Essentials 2010 includes the following new functionality:

  • Support for Hyper-V Clusters and Live Migration.
  • Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) Tips.
  • Virtualization Jobs Status.
  • Improved Updates and Software Overview Pages.

Those who interested to download System Center Essentials 2010 RC, just head to for access the official download. The download package is in 4 self-extracting files with the size of 5GB. Once completed download, extracted the installation image into the same folder and double click on the SetupSCE.exe to install it. The System Center Essentials 2010 RC works well on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.