What’s Next for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

May 8, 2015   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , ,

At the Ignite Conference, Microsoft provided exciting new details about the future of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). With the upcoming release of Windows 10 this summer, enterprises need to be able to support the deployment and management of the new operating system on a diverse ecosystem of devices. SCCM continues to be the standard for on-premises management of those devices.

What Is Next for Configuration Manager in 2015?

In order to support the deployment and management of Windows 10 with existing SCCM installations, Microsoft plans to release a service pack for Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

This service pack includes:

  • Full support with existing features for Windows 10 deployment and management
  • App-V publishing performance improvements
  • Increased scalability – Hierarchies can now support 600,000 clients while primary/standalone sites can support 150,000 clients
  • Improved Content Distribution – Improvements around content distribution for both slow and high latency networks as well as pull distribution points
  • Support SQL 2014 as the database backend
  • Support for conditional access policy, mobile application management and Apple Device
  • Enrollment Program when integrating SCCM with Microsoft Intune

In addition to the service pack for existing SCCM installations, the technical preview of the next version of SCCM is available now.

SCCM Technical Preview Features and Improvements:

  • In addition to the typical refresh and replace scenarios for operating system deployment, Windows 10 adds in-place upgrades. The next version of SCCM adds support for an in-place Windows 10 upgrade with OS deployment task sequences
  • SCCM installation on Azure Virtual Machines
  • SCCM integration with Microsoft Intune allows for the mobile device management of Windows 10 devices without the requirement to store data in the cloud. This is a key feature for managing devices that do not have internet access, such as the “Internet of Things” devices.

Finally, to support the deployment of Windows 10, an update for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is planned that will include support for Windows 10.

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