System Center Configuration Manager

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System Center Configuration Manager
Developer(s) Microsoft Corporation
Stable release System Center 2012 Configuration Manager / March 2012
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Platform

Server: x64

Client: x86, x64
Available in Multilingual
Type Systems management
License MS-EULA
Website Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager (officially called ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2007 or simply ConfigMgr), formerly Systems Management Server (SMS), is a systems management software product by Microsoft for managing large groups of computers running Windows, Windows Embedded, Mac OS X, Linux or UNIX, as well as various mobile operating systems such as Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS and Android.[1] Configuration Manager provides remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware and software inventory.

There have been three major iterations of SMS. The 1.x versions of the product defined the scope of control of the management server (the site) in terms of the NT domain being managed. Since the 2.x versions, that site paradigm has switched to a group of subnets that will be managed together. Since SMS 2003, the site could also be defined as one or more Active Directory sites. The most frequently used feature is inventory management which provides both hardware and software inventory across a business enterprise.

The major difference between the 2.x product and SMS 2003 is the introduction of the Advanced Client. The Advanced Client communicates with a more scalable management infrastructure, namely the Management Point. A Management Point (MP) can manage up to 25000 Advanced Clients.

The Advanced Client was introduced to provide a solution to the problem where a managed laptop might connect to a corporate network from multiple locations and thus should not always download content from the same place within the enterprise (though it should always receive policy from its own site). When an Advanced Client is within another location (SMS Site), it may use a local distribution point to download or run a program which can conserve bandwidth across a WAN.

Microsoft released the current generation of the product, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, in March 2012.[2]

Version history[edit]

Product Revision Released Service Pack Feature Pack Version/Build Notes
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.0 1994/11/7
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.1 1995/07/25
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.2 1996/07/29
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 1999
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 2003
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 R2 2006
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2007 Beta 1 4.00.5135.0000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2007 RTM 4.00.5931.0000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2008 (May) SP1 4.00.6221.1000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2010 SP1 KB977203 4.00.6221.1193 This update (KB 977203) may be run against SP1 or SP2 clients.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2008 R2 no change The R2 feature add-on requires at least SP1, and can be installed after SP2.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2009 SP2 4.00.6487.2000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2010 SP2 KB977203 4.00.6487.2111 This update (KB 977203) may be run against SP1 or SP2 clients.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2010 R3 4.00.6487.2157 The R3 update requires SP2 Client.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2012/12/03 KB2750782 4.00.6487.2207 This SP2 update (KB 2750782) adds support for Windows 8-based client computers. Supersedes R3 update.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012
(Formerly "v.Next")
2010/05/26 Beta 1
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2011/03/23 Beta 2 5.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2011/10/28 Release Candidate 1 5.00.7678.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2012/01/17 Release Candidate 2 5.00.7703.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2012/03/31 RTM 5.00.7711.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2012/08/20 Cumulative Update 1 5.00.7711.0200
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 Cumulative Update 2 5.00.7711.0301
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2012/09/11 SP1 Beta 5.00.7782.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2012/12/20 SP1 5.00.7804.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2013/03/23 SP1 Cumulative Update 1 KB2817245 5.00.7804.1202 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2013/06/21 SP1 Cumulative Update 2 KB2854009 5.00.7804.1300 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU1.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2013/09/20 SP1 Cumulative Update 3 KB2882125 5.00.7804.1400 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU2.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2014/01/28 SP1 Cumulative Update 4 KB2922875 5.00.7804.1500 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU3.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2014/07/21 SP1 Cumulative Update 5 KB2978017 5.00.7804.1600 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU4.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2013/10/18 R2 5.00.7958.1000 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed. (However, a client upgrade from RTM directly to R2 is supported)
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2013/11/02 R2 KB2905002 5.00.7958.1101 Post R2 Hotfix: KB 2905002 (Client Version) Must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2014/03/28 R2 Cumulative Update 1 KB2938441 5.00.7958.1203 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2014/06/29 R2 Cumulative Update 2 KB2970177 5.00.7958.1303 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 2014/09/22 R2 Cumulative Update 3 KB2994331 5.00.7958.1401 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.

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