Significant changes: From SMS to SCCM
Systems Management Server (SMS) never showed up. Why, you ask? It's
because SCCM arrived. Microsoft SCCM has a few of the same key features as SMS, but with
different hardware and software requirements. Add Windows Server Update Services 3.0,
virtualization packs, Forefront security, reporting services and client health, and you've got the
recipe for Microsoft's all-in-one systems management assistant, SCCM.
Microsoft SCCM 2012 evolves to manage physical, virtual desktops
Today, the term "desktop" doesn't just refer to the big hunk of machine that's sitting under
your desk. Desktops are physical,
virtual and mobile, and Microsoft saw fit to broaden Systems Center Configuration Manager
(SCCM) 2012 to manage them all -- physical and virtual desktops, plus
More reasons to hold off on moving to Office 2010
Whether you use Microsoft SCCM or a third-party product to deploy Office 2010, it may take
longer than you think to get things up and running. You may need custom scripts and/or special
tests and pilots, all of which can
hamper your Office 2010 rollout.
MDOP has it all
What is Microsoft Intune?
Microsoft's Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) includes Windows
Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console, plus tons of updates. Med-V has a
2.0 version that is 64-bit compatible and integrates with SCCM and Systems Center Virtual Machine
Manager. Now IT staffers can manage Med-V guests in the same way they manage virtual machine hosts.
Intune is a lot like Microsoft SCCM, but the two aren't the same. Intune is a simplified version
of SCCM that's sold as an online service and is for cloud-based management and inventory. Intune
doesn't have OS deployment or software distribution like SCCM does, but it does
offer IT Windows Update management, remote assistance, asset management, customizable security
policies and more. SCCM
can be used together, but Intune
is great for SMBs
that don't have SCCM and don't want to invest in the infrastructure that goes
Managing remote desktops in the cloud
Because Windows Intune helps with managing assets that are widely distributed, it's great for
smaller companies with remote workers and lots
of endpoints. Intune puts many of the same Microsoft SCCM features in the cloud, which makes
desktop management easier for admins. In addition, Intune lets users install line-of-business
applications and tell IT which devices to manage.
Managing assets with System Center Configuration Manager
Intelligence feature of SCCM 2007 helps admins view hardware and manage Microsoft SoftGrid
virtualization. Asset Intelligence can also manage software and enable IT to track changes over
time. SCCM and Asset Intelligence give IT the ability to customize the catalog and offer enhanced
reporting and asset tracking.
System Center 2012 SP1 wait becoming a 'big problem'
Center Service Pack 1 will address some of the features that were missing from Microsoft SCCM
2012, such as the ability to manage Windows Server 2012. But admins will have to wait for the
release until at least early next year, which could end up being an issue -- there's no way for IT
to manage backup Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 in the meantime.