Wally Mead
Overview of System Center
2012 R2 Configuration Manager
Agenda
• Discussion of exciting features that would
provide benefits to upgrading to Configuration
Manager 2012 R2
• Demon...
Updates to Configuration Manager 2012 R2
Features
• Features that will benefit everyone
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Role-based administra...
Role-Based Administration in Reports
• In Configuration Manager 2012 RTM/SP1, RBA
only extended to the actual reports that...
Distribution Point Updates
• Ability to redistribute failed distributions or cancel
an in progress distribution from the c...
Resultant set of Client Settings
• Clients can receive multiple client settings, such
as Default Client Settings and one o...
Software Update Specific Maintenance
Windows
• Often, you have maintenance windows on
collections to control software dist...
Automatic Deployment Rule Updates
• Some admins didn‟t trust the automatic
deployment rule in Configuration Manager 2012
R...
Operating System Deployment Updates
• Support for deploying Windows 8.1 and Windows
Server 2012 R2
• Support for importing...
Operating System Deployment Updates

(2)

• We now support integration of a few native MDT
actions in our task sequences
•...
Updates to Configuration Manager R2
Features
• Features that will benefit select environments
• Ability to reassign client...
Client Reassignment
• Can now easily reassign clients from one
Configuration Manager 2012 R2 primary site to
another Confi...
Multiple Network Access Accounts per Site
• With the limitation of one NAA per primary site in
Configuration Manager 2012 ...
MAC Client Installation Wizard
• Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 required two
command lines to install and enroll a MAC cli...
Summary
• Configuration Manager 2012 R2 adds many new
benefits that make upgrade a desired operation
Role-based administra...
For More Information
System Center 2012 Configuration
Manager
http://technet.microsoft.com/enus/evalcenter/hh667640.aspx?w...
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Wally Mead - Overview of system center 2012 r2 configuration manager

  1. 1. Wally Mead Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  2. 2. Agenda • Discussion of exciting features that would provide benefits to upgrading to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 • Demonstrations where appropriate
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. For More Information System Center 2012 Configuration Manager http://technet.microsoft.com/enus/evalcenter/hh667640.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_105_1_33 Windows Intune http://www.microsoft.com/enus/windows/windowsintune/try-and-buy Windows Server 2012 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/servercloud/windows-server More Resources: http://www.microsoft.com/workstyle http://www.microsoft.com/server-cloud/user-devicemanagement
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