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Features in Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Hierachy Expansion, Support for Windows 8, Linux/Unix, Mac, Mobile Devices and More!

In today's TechNet Radio show, Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around ConfigMgr Guru, joins me to discuss the recently announced features found in Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

What's New in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1

Click here to tune in as we discuss an overview of the TOP EIGHT new features that Wally is most excited about in SP1 including:

  1. System Center Hierarchy Expansion - Convert standalone Primary Sites to CAS Hierarchies
  2. Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 OS - Deploy and manage Windows 8 clients and deploy ConfigMgr site system roles on Windows Server 2012
  3. Deploying Windows 8-style applications - Deploy enterprise Windows 8-style apps as well as integration with the Windows Store
  4. Integration with App-V 4.6 SP2 and App-V 5.0 - Supports App-V on Windows 8 clients as well as application connection groups in App-V 5.0
  5. Support for Macintosh clients - Supports Mac OSX 10.6 and 10.7 clients for discovery, inventory, application deployment, settings management
  6. Support for Linux and Unix Clients - via separately downloaded client agent
  7. Improved EndPoint Protection - enhanced cross-platform support for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix clients
  8. Mobility management enhancements - Integrating with Windows Intune for broad mobile device support

In future TechNet Radio episodes, Wally will return to discuss these features individually in detail.

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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

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