System Center Configuration Manager

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System Center Configuration Manager
Developer(s)Microsoft Corporation
Stable releaseSystem Center 2012 Configuration Manager / March 2012
Development statusActive
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
PlatformIA-32, x64
Available inMultilingual
TypeSystems management
LicenseMS-EULA
WebsiteMicrosoft System Center Configuration Manager
 
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System Center Configuration Manager
Developer(s)Microsoft Corporation
Stable releaseSystem Center 2012 Configuration Manager / March 2012
Development statusActive
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
PlatformIA-32, x64
Available inMultilingual
TypeSystems management
LicenseMS-EULA
WebsiteMicrosoft System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager (officially referred to as 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.

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

Version history[edit]

ProductRevisionReleasedService PackFeature PackVersion/BuildNotes
Systems Management Server (SMS)1.01994/11/7
Systems Management Server (SMS)1.11995/07/25
Systems Management Server (SMS)1.21996/07/29
Systems Management Server (SMS)2.01999
Systems Management Server (SMS)20032003
Systems Management Server (SMS)2003 R22006
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072007Beta 14.00.5135.0000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072007RTM4.00.5931.0000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072008 (May)SP14.00.6221.1000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072010SP1KB9772034.00.6221.1193This update (KB 977203) may be run against SP1 or SP2 clients.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072008R2no changeThe R2 feature add-on requires at least SP1, and can be installed after SP2.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072009SP24.00.6487.2000
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072010SP2KB9772034.00.6487.2111This update (KB 977203) may be run against SP1 or SP2 clients.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072010R34.00.6487.2157The R3 update requires SP2 Client.
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20072012/12/03KB27507824.00.6487.2207This 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")
2010/05/26Beta 1
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122011/03/23Beta 25.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122011/10/28Release Candidate 15.00.7678.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122012/01/17Release Candidate 25.00.7703.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122012/03/31RTM5.00.7711.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122012/08/20Cumulative Update 15.00.7711.0200
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)2012Cumulative Update 25.00.7711.0301
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122012/09/11SP1 Beta5.00.7782.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122012/12/20SP15.00.7804.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122013/03/23SP1 Cumulative Update 1KB28172455.00.7804.1202To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122013/06/21SP1 Cumulative Update 2KB28540095.00.7804.1300To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU1.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122013/09/20SP1 Cumulative Update 3KB28821255.00.7804.1400To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU2.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122014/01/28SP1 Cumulative Update 4KB29228755.00.7804.1500To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installed, replaces CU3.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122013/10/18R25.00.7958.1000To 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)20122013/11/02R2KB29050025.00.7958.1101Post R2 Hotfix: KB 2905002 (Client Version) Must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)20122014/03/28R2 Cumulative Update 1KB29384415.00.7958.1203To apply this update, you must have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 installed.

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