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Wally Mead - Overview of system center 2012 r2 configuration manager



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  • 1. Wally Mead Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  • 2. Agenda • Discussion of exciting features that would provide benefits to upgrading to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 • Demonstrations where appropriate
  • 3. Updates to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Features • Features that will benefit everyone • • • • • • Role-based administration in reports Distribution point updates Resultant set of client settings Software update specific maintenance windows Updates to automatic deployment rules OSD enhancements
  • 4. Role-Based Administration in Reports • In Configuration Manager 2012 RTM/SP1, RBA only extended to the actual reports that an admin could see • When running an available report however, the results displayed often showed objects not available to view in the console • This causes some people to have separate sites • In Configuration Manager 2012 R2, the results of the reports, whether viewed in the console or Report Manager, filter based on RBA security • The console and reports should now match 
  • 5. Distribution Point Updates • Ability to redistribute failed distributions or cancel an in progress distribution from the console • Better performance when sending to multiple DPs, especially over various WAN connections • More DP threads • Better scalability and status for pull distribution points • Distribution point usage report!
  • 6. Resultant set of Client Settings • Clients can receive multiple client settings, such as Default Client Settings and one or more custom settings • In these cases, it can be hard to identify the exact set of policies that are implemented on the client • The ConfigMgr 2012 Toolkit PolicySpy tool could enumerate those through WMI • In Configuration Manager 2012 R2, you can view these from the Configuration Manager Console • Easy ability to find what is implemented on the client!
  • 7. Software Update Specific Maintenance Windows • Often, you have maintenance windows on collections to control software distribution • Computers can be members of multiple collections, so may have multiple maintenance windows • This can lead to not really knowing when software updates are to be applied • In Configuration Manager 2012 R2, you can now configure maintenance windows that are specific to software updates
  • 8. Automatic Deployment Rule Updates • Some admins didn‟t trust the automatic deployment rule in Configuration Manager 2012 RTM/SP1 • Weren‟t sure what updates would be added to the software update group • So they disabled the ADR deployment, or didn‟t use them • Now with Configuration Manager 2012 R2, you can view the updates the filter criteria selects during the ADR creation • Can also change package configuration of the ADR
  • 9. Operating System Deployment Updates • Support for deploying Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 • Support for importing down-level boot images • Moving from the WAIK to the ADK caused some issues for some customers due to WinPE incompatibility
  • 10. Operating System Deployment Updates (2) • We now support integration of a few native MDT actions in our task sequences • Check Readiness, Set Dynamic Variables, Run PowerShell Script • You can also create virtual hard drives from the Configuration Manager console • Create, modify, upload to Virtual Machine Manager • Requires Hyper-V installed on the same computer as the Configuration Manager console
  • 11. Updates to Configuration Manager R2 Features • Features that will benefit select environments • Ability to reassign clients between sites • Multiple Network Access Accounts per site • MAC client installation wizard
  • 12. Client Reassignment • Can now easily reassign clients from one Configuration Manager 2012 R2 primary site to another Configuration Manager 2012 R2 primary site in the same hierarchy • Does not work between versions • Is not appropriate for failed site server scenarios • Can multi-select clients if desired
  • 13. Multiple Network Access Accounts per Site • With the limitation of one NAA per primary site in Configuration Manager 2012 RTM/SP1, some environments required additional primary sites to support remote untrusted forests • With Configuration Manager 2012 R2, a site now supports up to 10 NAAs • Clients will remember the „best shot‟ account for future connections • SP1 clients can still only use one account
  • 14. MAC Client Installation Wizard • Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 required two command lines to install and enroll a MAC client • Not everyone was comfortable with running sudo commands • With Configuration Manager 2012 R2, the MAC client download now includes a wizard to install the client • Initial running allows you to install the Configuration Manager client • Client reboots • Wizard runs again to enroll the client 
  • 15. Summary • Configuration Manager 2012 R2 adds many new benefits that make upgrade a desired operation Role-based administration for reporting is a key Multiple network access accounts helps a lot of customers Distribution point changes are great for some Everyone wants the “Distribution point usage” report Maintenance windows specific to software updates are very important • Great enhancements to operating system deployment • Others • • • • •
  • 16. For More Information System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Windows Intune Windows Server 2012 More Resources:
  • 17. Please evaluate the session before you leave 