Integrating Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2

February 6, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , , , ,

Business and IT are in constant motion – application and device deployments, operating system upgrades and patch management are continual tasks for even the smallest IT shop. Not only are there tasks to accomplish, but the world of IT is changing rapidly. Windows XP is rapidly approaching its end-of-life. Users are more mobile and take advantage of a variety of devices and applications. How can IT support this dynamic business environment?

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 provides a comprehensive solution for addressing the needs of today’s IT organization. In a “single pane of glass,” applications and updates are distributed, operating systems are deployed, devices are managed and inventory is tracked.

Providing applications to business users when and how they need them is a critical part of IT’s role. With Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2, applications can be packaged in multiple ways, whether it’s traditional Windows Installer packages, App-V packages, or modern apps for Windows 8.1. Not only can applications be deployed in a variety of ways, but System Center Configuration Manager also provides the tools for putting applications directly in the hands of users. The Application Catalog provides a portal for users to obtain the software they need, when they need it. While enabling users’ access to applications, System Center Configuration Manager also provides IT the control needed to maintain the environment. Approvals can be set for applications so that compliance with licensing agreements is maintained. Critical security and other updates can be packaged and deployed as well. System Center Configuration Manager provides the ability to automate the process of downloading, packaging and deploying software updates using automatic deployment rules.

Windows XP is still a fixture in many environments. With the end-of-life for XP nearing, IT needs the tools to upgrade or migrate away from the old operating system. System Center Configuration Manager streamlines and simplifies the operating system deployment process using task sequences. In addition, it integrates with other tools from Microsoft such as the Windows Automated Deployment Kit (ADK) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). IT can perform lite touch or zero touch deployments of modern operating systems as it seeks to fully move away from Windows XP.

Managing the proliferation of devices being used in the business environment is a critical part of IT’s role. System Center Configuration Manager can manage mobile devices using integration with Microsoft Exchange or using cloud tools such as Windows Intune. In addition, cross-platform agents are available for Linux, UNIX and Mac. There also antivirus engines provided for across platforms. Using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, System Center Configuration Manager can also provide detailed insight into devices and the environment through numerous out-of-the-box reports.

Whether it is application deployment, operating system upgrades or managing the variety of devices on today’s networks, System Center Configuration Manager provides IT the tools needed to manage an ever changing and evolving business environment.

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