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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta Released

I do not normally spend too much time talking about service packs in my blogs, let alone service packs that are in beta but SP1 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is different.


Paul Gregory | 10 September 2012

I do not normally spend too much time talking about service packs in my blogs, let alone service packs that are in beta but SP1 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is different.

The reason for this is because this Service Pack is so much more than some fixes. It actually addresses major functionality scenarios customers have been asking for and dramatically increases the client support within Configuration Manager 2012.  The headline features include:

  • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
  • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
  • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
  • Install a Central Administration Site after the Primary Site has been deployed
  • Windows 8 To Go deployment support
  • Policy management for client side caching, roaming profiles and folder redirection
  • 3G/4G Network detection and management to control costs when deploying applications

Please Note: This product is for test only and not certified or support for production use.

The service pack can be downloaded from here and more details are available here.


QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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