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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
INSIDE OUT Why does deploying an OS matter to Office 365?
Deploying an OS is an important activity because it relates to Office 365 if you are
planning to deploy the Office Professional Plus subscription. This is because the Office
Professional Plus subscription in Office 365 is the 2013 version of the Office suite, which
requires at least the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7. We have encountered a
number of Office 365 projects that combine the refresh of corporate computers as part
of the Office 365 deployment.
Configuration Manager provides optimized application delivery based on user identity,
device type, and network capabilities. It allows users to securely self-provision
applications using an easy-to-use web catalog or the more sophisticated Application Approval
Workflow (AAW). This is another way that the Office Professional Plus subscription can
be provisioned. Instead of pre-installing all computers with Office Professional Plus, your
organization can choose to let users acquire Office through this portal. This is a significant
workload because the Office Professional Plus subscription now allows users to install and
activate Office on up to five devices. Without having a way for users to self-deploy Office,
the effort to deploy Office can exponentially increase. Figure 5-3 shows the capabilities of
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
Figure 5-3 System Center 2012 Configuration Manager's core capabilities.
Configuration Manager also provides organizations with the ability to centrally
manage anti-virus, anti-malware, vulnerability prevention, and remediation through its patch