Posted by: kurtsh | September 11, 2012

BETA: System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta releases

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System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) SP1 Beta just posted.  And check out the enhancements listed below!

The System Center Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce the release of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta!  This build is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a171bcea-2dbb-4fc5-8dd1-4ec22f2eb4ef.

Configuration Manager SP1 enhancements include:

  • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
  • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
  • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers

One of the great new benefits of this platform is Windows 8 apps, and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 allows you to deploy and update these apps alongside your existing native and virtual applications. ConfigMgr SP1 will support the deployment and management of Windows to Go USB drives, as well as enable you to more easily manage policies for new Windows 8 client-side caching, roaming user profiles, and folder redirection features.  For mobile workers, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta will include the new ability to detect 3G and 4G network connections to prevent delivering software at a time when data charges may apply. To read more about the Beta release, please view the following blog post:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/09/10/system-center-2012-configuration-manager-sp1-beta-and-windows-intune-update.aspx

Please note, ConfigMgr SP1 is a standalone build intended only for your lab environment.  Please do a fresh install, as upgrade from ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2007 is not supported.

ConfigMgr SP1 Beta Release Notes
For the ConfigMgr SP1 Beta release notes, please reference the TechNet link here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj591611.aspx.

Submitting Feedback
We look forward to your feedback on ConfigMgr SP1 Beta!  Please submit your feedback using the ConfigMgr SP1 OpenBeta feedback form on Connect:https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/Feedback.  Although we review each item submitted, we are unlikely to be able to respond to all feedback individually.

Discussions on ConfigMgr SP1 Beta
For general questions or discussion items, please leverage the ConfigMgr OpenBeta community discussion group here:
http://innovation.connect.microsoft.com/discussions?ProjectName=configmgrsp1openbeta.

Package Conversion Manager (PCM) v2.0
Microsoft System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 Package Conversion Manager v2.0 (PCM) is a feature pack download that lets you convert ConfigMgr 2007 packages into System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 applications. PCM has been updated and v2.0 Beta is being released in the download center here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=21191778-5308-4efc-82fe-c8396ed68169. Please note the RTM release of PCM is not compatible with ConfigMgr SP1 Beta – you must use PCM v2.0 if you are converting ConfigMgr 2007 packages to ConfigMgr SP1. For PCM v2.0 feedback, please leverage the feedback form here: https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/Feedback.

Thank you,

System Center Configuration Manager Team


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