Are You Ready for System Center 2012
Configuration Manager?
Wally Mead, The Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager Expert
7 December 2011
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– Are You Ready for System Center 2012
Configuration Manager?
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Wally Mead Bio
• Been with Microsoft since 1992
• Worked with Systems Management Server (now
Configuration Manager) since 1994
• Work with TAP customers to help test prerelease versions of Configuration Manager 2012
• Help support the community, and ‘manage’ the
Configuration Manager MVPs
Configuration Manager 2012
Empower Users
Empower people to be
productive from
anywhere on whatever
device they choose
Device freedom
Optimized, personalized
application experience
Application self-service
Reduce costs by
unifying IT
Mobile, physical, and
virtual management
Security and
Service management
Simplify Administration
Improve IT effectiveness
and efficiency
Comprehensive client
Improved administrator
Reduced infrastructure
Reducing Primary Sites
Unique ConfigMgr 2007 Primary Site for:
ConfigMgr 2012 solutions (no unique
primary sites):
Decentralized administration
Role Based Administration
Logical data segmentation
Role Based Administration
Client settings
Client settings for the hierarchy and unique
Language packs
Content routing for deep hierarchies
Secondary Sites or Distribution Points
Infrastructure Changes: Content
• ONE Distribution Point
– PXE Service Point – Increased scalability beyond the ConfigMgr
2007 limit of 75 PXE service points per site
– Multicast option
– Throttling and scheduling of content to that location
– Pre-stage of content and specify specific drives for storage
• Improved Distribution Point Groups
– Manage content distribution to individual Distribution Points or
– Content automatically added or removed from Distribution Points
based on Group membership
– Associate Distribution Point Groups with a collections to automate
content staging for software targeted to the collection
• No Branch DPs - DPs can be installed on clients and servers
Minimum System Requirements:
Minimum Requirement
Site Server and Site Roles
Windows Server 2008 (64-bit )
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
SQL Server 2008 SP2 & Cumulative Update 6 (64-bit) & KB2603910
SQL Server 2008 R2 with SP 1 & Cumulative Update 3 (64-bit) &
KB2603910 (when available)
Distribution Point
Windows Server 2003 (including 32-bit) with limited functionality
Windows Vista SP2 and later (including 32-bit)
Windows XP SP2 & SP3 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 2003 Server SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Vista SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 7 RTM & SP 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 2008 SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 2008 R2 RTM & SP 1 (64-bit)
Admin Console
Vista SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 7 RTM & SP 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 2008 SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Windows 2008 R2 RTM & SP 1 (64-bit)
Prepare for Configuration
Manager 2012
• Flatten hierarchy where possible
• Plan for Windows Server 2008, SQL 2008,
and 64-bit
• Start implementing BranchCache™ with
Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
• Move from web reporting to SQL Reporting
• Avoid mixing user and devices in collection
• Use UNC (\\server\myapp\myapp.msi) in package
source path instead of local path (d:\myapp)
• Will do a quick tour of the new
Configuration Manager 2012 console
• Will show a few new features of interest
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