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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is the oldest System Center product, dating
back to 1994 with the release of Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.0. System Center
2012 Configuration Manager is the fifth full version in the evolution of the product and
provides organizations with the controls needed to better manage desktop and data center
environments. It provides extensive administration capabilities across operating systems,
applications, and mobile devices, at the same time enforcing corporate compliance
specifications. This is important for Office 365 because there are required desktop configurations
as well as the deployment and management of the Office Professional Plus productivity
suite subscription. At the server and data-center level, Configuration Manager can manage
the on-premises and off-premises server components that are important to Office 365, such
as domain controllers, AD FS, and on-premises Exchange servers. Configuration Manager
is optimized for Windows and is extensible, making it the best choice to gain enhanced
insight into, and control over, your Office 365-connected systems.
From a single console, Configuration Manager allows management of a wide range of
mobile devices, including non-Windows based assets such as Android devices, iOS devices,
and Linux and Mac OS computers. Configuration Manager provides a robust solution for
the deployment of operating systems (OS) in a number of scenarios including, but not
limited to, the following:
New PC This is the ability to boot a new PC and deploy the full corporate OS image
onto a new device with minimal user and administrator interaction. This means aside
from booting the device from a USB, DVD, thumb drive, or Preboot Execution
Environment (PXE), no other input is required to get the system ready.
Refresh PC This scenario covers Configuration Manager's ability to backup all user
data and preferences. Preferences, sometimes referred to as system states, are
settings such as wallpapers and other customizations. Configuration Manager enables
you to install the new OS image, join the system to the appropriate Active Directory
domain and organizational unit, install applications that are not in the OS image but
are specific to the user or department, and finally restore user data and state, all in a
matter of minutes.
Replace PC This is a combination of the Refresh PC and New PC scenarios because
Configuration Manager will move the user data and state from an old PC to a new
one.
Depot PC This is Configuration Manager's ability to pre-stage systems en masse
so they can be deployed quickly, with minimal administrator or user intervention
required during setup.
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