Microsoft Configuration Manager

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Microsoft Configuration Manager
Other namesformerly Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and[1] Systems Management Server (SMS)[2]
Stable release
2309 / 31 October 2023; 6 months ago (2023-10-31)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows Server
TypeSystems management Edit this on Wikidata

Microsoft Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is a systems management software product developed by Microsoft for managing large groups of computers providing remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, and hardware and software inventory. Configuration Manager supports the Microsoft Windows and Windows Embedded operating systems.[3] Previous versions also supported macOS (OS X), Linux or UNIX, as well as Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS and Android mobile operating systems.[4]

As per the latest release cadence, starting in the year 2023, customers will receive two releases of Configuration Manager per year, one in March (xx03), and another in September (xx09) rather than the previous release cadence of xx03, xx07, and xx11.[5]


Configuration Manager has evolved since Microsoft originally released it as "Systems Management Server" in 1994. Significant releases include:

  • Systems Management Server 1.0, released in 1994 along with Windows NT Server 3.5. This initial release targeted the management of MS-DOS, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, Macintosh, and OS/2 desktops on Windows NT Server, NetWare, LAN Manager, and Pathworks networks.
  • Systems Management Server 1.1, released in 1995 to help customers migrate to Windows 95.
  • Systems Management Server 1.2, released in 1996 with new remote-control, SNMP, inventory, and network-monitoring capabilities.[6]
  • Systems Management Server 2.0, released in 1999 to help with Y2K remediation efforts.[7]
  • Systems Management Server 2003, released in 2003 with improved stability, reliability, and software-distribution capabilities.[8]

Microsoft Systems Center product suite

  • Configuration Manager 2007, released in 2007 with support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.[9]
  • Configuration Manager 2012, released in 2012 with significant changes to application deployment capabilities.[10]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1511, released in November 2015 to support Windows 10 and new Windows servicing options.[11]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1602, released March 11, 2016. New features include conditional access for PCs, Office 365 Update Management, greater management of mobile devices and of Windows 10.[12]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1606, released July 22, 2016. New features include support for managing new Windows 10 features like Windows Information Protection and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, improved integration with the Windows Store for Business supporting online and offline-licensed apps, and more.[13]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1610, released in November 2016[14]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1702, released March 2017[15]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1706, released July 2017[16]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1710, released November 2017[17]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1802, released March 2018[18]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1806, released July 2018[19]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1810, released December 2018[20]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1902, released March 2019[21]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1906, released July 2019[22]

Microsoft Endpoint Manager product suite

  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 1910, released December 2019[23]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2002, released April 2020[24]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2006, released August 2020[25]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2010, released November 2020[26]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2103, released May 2021[27]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2107, released August 2021
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2111, released December 2021[28]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2203, released April 2022[29][30]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2207, released August 2022[31][32]
  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2211, released December 2022[33][34]

Microsoft Configuration Manager product suite

  • Configuration Manager Current Branch 2303, released April 2023[35]

SMS went through three major iterations:

  • 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.
  • With the 2.x versions, that site paradigm switched to a group of subnets to be managed together.
  • With SMS 2003 the site could also be defined as one or more Active Directory sites.

The most frequently used feature is a software deployment, which provides installation and updating of Windows Apps, legacy applications, and Operating Systems across a business enterprise.

SMS 2003 saw 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.) Microsoft introduced the Advanced Client 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.


  • Policy Infrastructure
  • Service Window Manager
  • State System
  • Center Configuration Manager Scheduler (CCM Scheduler)
  • Center Configuration Manager Configuration Item Software Developers Kit (CCM CI SDK)
  • Desired Configuration Management Agent (DCM Agent)
  • Desired Configuration Management Reporting (DCM Reporting)
  • MTC
  • CI Agent
  • CI Store
  • CI Downloader
  • CI Task Manager
  • CI State Store
  • Content Infrastructure
  • Software Distribution
  • Reporting
  • Software Updates
  • Operating System Deployment

System requirements[edit]

The basic system requirements for Configuration Manager are variable and dependent on the scale of configuration.[36][further explanation needed]

Product branding and naming[edit]

Microsoft Configuration Management has gone through two brand changes. Both resulted in reducing confusion with other initialism as well as including the software in a Microsoft systems management portfolio. In 2007, System Management Service (SMS) became System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). This helped avoid confusion with the Short Message Service (SMS) initialism and added the product, along with other system management tools, under a unified System Center brand. In 2019 Configuration Manager moved to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager suite[37] to better align it with Microsoft Intune and related endpoint management products. This change also helped reduce confusion of the oft-used initialism SCCM that is common in other industries such as The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). In 2023 the term "endpoint" was removed to rename the product to Microsoft Configuration Manager.[38]

Throughout the life of the product, many acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations have been used to refer to the software including

  • SMS
  • SCCM
  • CM
  • MECM
  • MCM[39]
  • ConfigMgr
  • Config Man

However, Microsoft has stated and documented that the official name is one of the following[40][41][42][43]

  • Microsoft Configuration Manager
  • Configuration Manager
  • ConfigMgr

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager FAQ - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  2. ^ "Migrating from Systems Management Server". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager | Microsoft Docs". 16 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager | Microsoft Docs". 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ Jawad, Usama (2023-04-04). "Microsoft is changing Configuration Manager release cadence to "better align" with Windows". Neowin. Retrieved 2023-06-05.
  6. ^ Microsoft Announces Availability of Systems Management Server 1.2
  7. ^ "Microsoft Announces Availability of Systems Management Server 2.0". 8 February 1999.
  8. ^ "Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 is Released to Manufacturing". 22 October 2003.
  9. ^ "Evaluate System Center Configuration Manager 2007". 6 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Microsoft System Center 2012 released to volume-license customers". ZDNet.
  11. ^ "Now Generally Available: System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection (Version 1511) | System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog". Archived from the original on 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  12. ^ "Now Available: Update 1602 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2016-07-19. Some of the features that you can expect to see are: [...] Kiosk mode allows you to lock a managed mobile device to only allow certain apps and features. [...]
  13. ^ "Now Available: Update 1606 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  14. ^ "Now Available: Update 1610 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  15. ^ "Now Available: Update 1702 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  16. ^ "Now Available: Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  17. ^ "Now Available: Update 1710 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  18. ^ "Now Available: Update 1802 for System Center Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  19. ^ "Update 1806 for Configuration Manager current branch is now available". Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  20. ^ "What's new in version 1810 of Configuration Manager current branch". Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  21. ^ "What's new in version 1902 of Configuration Manager current branch". Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  22. ^ "What's new in version 1906 of Configuration Manager current branch". Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  23. ^ "What's new in version 1910 of Configuration Manager current branch". Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  24. ^ "What's new in version 2002 of Configuration Manager current branch". Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  25. ^ "What's new in version 2006 of Configuration Manager current branch". Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  26. ^ "What's new in version 2010 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  27. ^ "What's new in version 2103 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  28. ^ "What's new in version 2111 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2021-12-29.
  29. ^ Banreet (4 October 2022). "What's new in version 2203 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  30. ^ "Update 2203 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager current branch is now available". TECHCOMMUNITY.MICROSOFT.COM. 2022-04-08. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  31. ^ Banreet (22 February 2023). "What's new in version 2207 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  32. ^ "Update 2207 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager current branch is now available". TECHCOMMUNITY.MICROSOFT.COM. 2022-08-12. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  33. ^ Banreet (10 March 2023). "What's new in version 2211 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  34. ^ "Update 2211 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager current branch is now available". TECHCOMMUNITY.MICROSOFT.COM. 2022-12-06. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  35. ^ PalikaSingh (11 April 2023). "What's new in version 2303 - Configuration Manager". Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  36. ^ Kaur, Banreet; et al. (mestew; aczechowski; v-hearya; v-surgos; dougeby) (2022-10-04). "Configuration Manager site size and performance guidelines". Microsoft Learn. Microsoft. Retrieved 2023-06-05.
  37. ^ "What happened to System Center Configuration Manager?". 17 September 2021.
  38. ^ "Update 2303 for Microsoft Configuration Manager current branch is now available". TECHCOMMUNITY.MICROSOFT.COM. 2023-04-11. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  39. ^ janicericketts. "Der Weg in die Cloud: Bestimmen des aktuellen Stands der Cloudtransformation bei der Umstellung der Identitäts- und Zugriffsverwaltung (Identity and Access Management, IAM) von Active Directory auf Azure AD - Microsoft Entra". (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  40. ^ "Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager FAQ - How do we refer to the product now?". 16 March 2022.
  41. ^ "Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager FAQ - Issue 1099". GitHub. 16 March 2022.
  42. ^ "Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager FAQ - Issue 2172". GitHub. 16 March 2022.
  43. ^ "SCCM is not the Official Acronym for Configuration Manager 2007". Microsoft IT ConfigMgr 2007 Blog. Microsoft. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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