System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta and Windows Intune Update

With Windows 8, Windows RT devices, and Windows Phone 8 coming soon, we are excited to give you a preview of the new client management capabilities and vision we’ll be delivering in the coming months: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 Interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console Management of…

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System Center 2012 Extends Client Management and Security to Mac and Linux

This week at TechEd North America, general manager Garth Fort discussed two key release milestones that will enable organizations using System Center Configuration Manager to extend client management and security to heterogeneous platforms.  Both are available for download today. Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint…

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Catch the TechEd North America 2012 Keynotes In-Person or Online

For 20 years industry professionals have found TechEd to be the best opportunity to stay aligned with Microsoft’s current technologies and new products.  TechEd Orlando is sold out, but whether you are headed down to Orlando or tuning in from home, TechEd North America 2012 has something for you! Keynote – Satya Nadella, President, Server…

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Business Hours vs. Maintenance Windows with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

I wanted to answer a question that’s come up a lot with customers over the last several months: How do business hours and maintenance windows differ or relate to each other in Configuration Manager 2012? To clarify this, I’ve provided some definitions and timelines, which will refer to two users: Melissa, an end user, and…

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Hierarchy Design in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Primary Sites “What has changed in Configuration Manager?” This is one of the first questions people ask me when talking about the next release. That is a VERY big question to answer and I don’t intend to answer it all right here. After all, there is product documentation. And I know that everyone reads the…

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Managing Software Updates in Configuration Manager 2012

Recently we had a software update administrator, who we’ll call Kevin, come to us with questions about how his organization should manage software updates in the upcoming Configuration Manager 2012 release. Kevin explained that since the release of SMS 2003, he has been refining how he manages software updates, with a lot of trial-and-error to…

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Top 10 Admin Console Improvements in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

As we work on the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager release, I would like to share some of the improvements you can expect in the Administrator Console experience. While the emphasis is all about the new look and feel (yes, it’s not the Microsoft Management Console anymore) and the new ribbon integration, the features that…

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Keeping System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Clients Active and Healthy

One of the ideals we hold in high regard for ConfigMgr 2012 is the reliability of the system and, specifically, achieving very high success percentages for management operations and deployments. Successful management can be a challenge, with laptops coming and going from the network and environmental issues causing problems for user desktops. There are a…

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Application Deployment Models in a Private Cloud

Hi Everyone, We have previously looked at how we enable application self-service, a standardized approach to deploying applications, and how we monitor applications across private and public clouds.  And today we are going to explore the various application deployment models that are available when you have a private cloud. Understanding the underlying infrastructure templates In…

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Managing Settings and Compliance

It’s become pretty evident to most of us in the enterprise management space that the theme of late has been “consolidation.”  Over the years, we have given IT Pros a LOT of different tools to attack specific problems. In our zeal to solve your needs, this has unfortunately created a proliferation of software and administrative…

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