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System Center 2012 SP1 – Configuration Manager New Features

System Center Configuration Manager continues to evolve and add significant value with every release. Here are the major enhancements for System Center 2012 SP1.

Paul Gregory | 29 January 2013

System Center Configuration Manager continues to evolve and add significant value with every release. Here are the major enhancements for System Center 2012 SP1.

Windows Operating System Support

System Center SP1 introduces support for Windows Server 2012 to run the roles of Configuration Manager and for both Server 2012 and Windows 8 to be managed.  But CM also introduces support for deploying Windows To Go systems, manage user data including roaming profiles and folder redirection, Application deployment either by using the .appx file type or by supplying links to the Windows Store.  And last but not least support for handling metered Internet, and always on connections.

New Computer Operating System Support

Support for MAC OS X, Linux and Unix clients, for all the primary CM functions (except OS deployment)

New Mobile Support

Support for Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS, Android through integration with Windows Intune, for all the primary mobile CM functions

Cloud based distribution points in Windows Azure, for Internet Connected clients.

Hierarchy Changes

Standalone sites can now be added into a Hierarchy and the ability to migrate one CM SP1 Hierarchy to another

Multiple Software Update Points (WSUS) to support higher availability

Virtual Applications

Support to allow multiple virtual applications to share the same file system and registry rather than running isolated

Automation and Administration improvements

Initiation of some client actions from within the console

Email subscription for all Alerts not just Endpoint Protection

Last but not least full PowerShell support

Upgrading to SP1

CM does not have any dependencies on the other System Center products so can be upgraded in any order.  But if using Orchestrator make sure the integration packs have been upgraded.  Full upgrade documentation is available here .

Also remember QA has a full portfolio of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 training courses

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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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