System Center Configuration Manager

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System Center Configuration Manager
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
Not to be confused with System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

System Center Configuration Manager (officially called ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2007 or simply ConfigMgr), formerly[when?] Systems Management Server (SMS), is a systems-management software product developed 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.

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.
  • 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,[citation needed] 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.

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.

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 11/07/1994
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.1 07/28/1995 Intended to be a service pack release for 1.0 but due to the number of new features it added to SMS it was considered a release instead.
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.1 10/11/1995 SP1
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.2 07/29/1996 Version 1.2 was widely considered a disaster. The inventory process and login script caused extremely long logons for end users. Administrators still joke about it today, although back then it wasn't funny at all.
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.2 11/01/1996 SP1
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.2 05/10/1997 SP2
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.2 12/10/1997 SP3
Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.2 09/07/1998 SP4 40.74MB
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 04/01/1999 Code named Opal. CIM-Based Hardware Inventory, Discovery-Based Software Inventory, Y2K Compliance Checking, Software Metering, Dynamic Distribution List support, SMS 2.0 Value Pack, SMS Administration Feature Pack, Software Update Services Feature Pack, Separate Hardware and Software Inventory agents, SDK
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 07/06/1999 SP1
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 06/20/2000 SP2 Support for the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system and many performance improvements.
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 02/11/2001 SP3
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 05/10/2002 SP4
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 06/29/2003 SP5 Site-to-Site Communication changes, Windows Logon Installation Changes, Windows Server 2003 Support Improvements, Slow Link Detection, Changes in Applying Control Lists to Objects
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 10/22/2003 Code named Emerald. Features included application deployment, asset management, security patch management, mobility management, Windows Management Services integration
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 09/10/2004 SP1
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 02/10/2006 SP2
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 R2 08/25/2006
Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 04/27/2007 SP3
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 2007 Beta 1 4.00.5135.0000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 08/24/2007 RTM 4.00.5931.0000 New features added include Desired Configuration Management, Network Access Protection, Wake-on-LAN.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 05/30/2008 1 SP1 4.00.6221.1000 Provides significant enhancements to the Asset Intelligence feature introduced in Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and included in Configuration Manager 2007. Support for Windows Server 2008 as clients and site systems.
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 09/02/2008 R2 no change The R2 feature add-on requires at least SP1, and can be installed after SP2.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 10/22/2009 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 10/14/2010 R3 4.00.6487.2157 The R3 update requires SP2 Client.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 12/03/2012 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")
05/26/2010 Beta 1
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 03/23/2011 Beta 2 5.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 10/28/2011 Release Candidate 1 5.00.7678.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 01/17/2012 Release Candidate 2 5.00.7703.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 05/30/2012 RTM 5.00.7711.0000 Significant changes to Sites and Hierarchies, client deployment and operations, software deployment and content management, monitoring and reporting, site installation and the configmgr console
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 08/20/2012 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 09/11/2012 SP1 Beta 5.00.7782.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 12/15/2012 SP1 5.00.7804.1000 Windows 8 Support added, Windows Server 2012 support added, Support for Mac, Linux and Unix clients, Support for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT added, Support for cloud DP's in Azure
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 03/23/2013 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 06/21/2013 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 09/20/2013 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 01/28/2014 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 07/21/2014 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 11/01/2013 R2 5.00.7958.1000 Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. 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 11/02/2013 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 03/28/2014 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 06/29/2014 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 09/22/2014 R2 Cumulative Update 3 KB2994331 5.00.7958.1401 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 02/03/2015 R2 Cumulative Update 4 KB3026739 5.00.7958.1501 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 05/06/2015 R2 Cumulative Update 5 KB3054451 5.00.7958.1604 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 05/14/2015 R2 SP1 KBxxxxxxx 5.00.8239.1000 To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed. SP1 provides support for Windows 10 and improves data transfer reliability for slow and latent networks with new checkpoint restart functionality for distribution points and pull DPs. Increases secondary site from 5,000 clients to 10,000 clients and standalone primary to 150,000 clients.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 05/14/2015 SP2 KBxxxxxxx 5.00.8239.1000 SP2 provides support for Windows 10 and improves data transfer reliability for slow and latent networks with new checkpoint restart functionality for distribution points and pull DPs. Increases secondary site from 5,000 clients to 10,000 clients and standalone primary to 150,000 clients.

Requirements[edit]

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager client may require Microsoft Policy Platform (to allow a client to evaluate compliance settings).[3]

Components[edit]

  • Client Configuration Manager (CCM)[4]
  • Configuration compliance agent (CCA)[5]
  • Desired Configuration Management (DCM)[6]
  • Location services (LS)[7]
  • Monitoring Pack[8]
  • Software Center[9]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx#BKMK_SupConfigClientOS
  2. ^ Microsoft System Center 2012 | Configuration Manager
  3. ^ "Prerequisites for Windows Client Deployment in Configuration Manager". Technet. Microsoft. Retrieved 2015-03-15. Microsoft Policy Platform 1.2.3514.0[: ] Required to allow clients to evaluate compliance settings. 
  4. ^ Holt, Byron; Oh, Marcus; Sandys, Jason; Alink, Jannes (2012). System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed. Unleashed Series. Sams Publishing. p. 253. ISBN 9780672334375. Retrieved 2015-02-11. Client Configuration manager (CCM) [...] 
  5. ^ Meyler, Kerrie; Holt, Byron; Oh, Marcus; Sandys, Jason; Ramsey, Greg (2012). System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Unleashed. Sams Publishing. p. 1200. ISBN 9780132731614. Retrieved 2015-04-21. The main log file for the ConfigMgr NAP client [...] contains a merged statement of health information from the location services (LS) and configuration compliance agent (CCA) ConfigMgr components. 
  6. ^ Holt, Byron; Oh, Marcus; Sandys, Jason; Alink, Jannes (2012). System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed. Unleashed Series. Sams Publishing. p. 491. ISBN 9780672334375. Retrieved 2015-02-17. Perhaps the most under-used Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 feature was desired configuration management (DCM). DCM was a newly introduced feature enabling you to monitor, report and take action on systems that do not meet specific, predefined settings. 
  7. ^ Meyler, Kerrie; Holt, Byron; Oh, Marcus; Sandys, Jason; Ramsey, Greg (2012). System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Unleashed. Sams Publishing. p. 1200. ISBN 9780132731614. Retrieved 2015-04-21. The main log file for the ConfigMgr NAP client [...] contains a merged statement of health information from the location services (LS) and configuration compliance agent (CCA) ConfigMgr components. 
  8. ^ "System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 - Configuration Manager". www.microsoft.com. Microsoft. Retrieved 2015-06-17. This monitoring pack helps administrators manage and administer Configuration Manager servers, computers, databases, services, disks, applications, or any other kind of object that requires monitoring.. 
  9. ^ Rachui, Steve; Agerlund, Kent; Martinez, Santos; Daalmans, Peter (2012). Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. ITPro collection. John Wiley & Sons. p. 356. ISBN 9781118238400. Retrieved 2015-02-11. New in Configuration Manager 2012 is the Software Center, which is part of the Configuration Manager 2012 client. With the Software Center users can install or request software [...]