Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 what’s new

Since the release in April, Microsoft has been working hard to finish the service pack 1 for System Center 2012. This is needed because the regular System Center  2012 release does not support Server 2012. Therefore Microsoft has to move fast to release SP1 so customers can start building Server 2012 + SC 2012 infrastructure.

With the release of Service Pack 1 for System along with it comes loads of new functionality especially for ConfigMgr 2012.
* Support for Windows 8 (This includes Windows To Go) and deploy AppX Applications (and links to the Windows Store) And OS deployment with UEFI mode.
* Support for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012
* Support for Mac computers, and on Linux / UNIX Servers( ill go more into detail on that later)
* PowerShell cmdlets
    -> get-command -module ConfigurationManager
* More flexible hierarchy management which allows you to join a stand-alone primary site into a new CAS site.
* Support for multiple SUP for redundancy
* App-V 5 support
* Windows Embedded Support for Endpoint Protection.

When regarding the Mac & Linux/Unix support.
For Mac you have the following capabilities
* Hardware Inventory
* Compliance Settings
* Application Management (Deployment)

  • Apple Disk Image (.DMG)
  • Meta Package File (.MPKG)
  • Mac OS X Installer Package (.PKG)
  • Mac OS X Application (.APP)

* Software Updates

And remember that the client only works on OS X 10.6 & 10.7

For Linux/UNIX you have the following capabilities
* Hardware Inventory
* Compliance Settings
* Application Management (Deployment)

And it is now supported for the latest RHEL, Solaris, SUSE Distroes.

Something I didn’t find in the new documentation is news about Endpoint protection settings for Mac & Linux/Unix in SP1, since Microsoft stated that this would be available in the SP1 release, still it remains to see.

You can read more about the SP1 at Technet –> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj591552.aspx

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