ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 - Almost here

Looks like the cat is truly out of the bag!

ConfigMgr 2012 Service Pack 1 is hot on the heals of the ConfigMgr 2012 RTM release. Incredible turn around times. This SP1 is unique, its not there purely to fix things up, its there to fix a few things but to shove a whole lot of love into the product post-RTM without an R release.

Kent Agurland, part of, had a session with Wally Mead and Mark Florida yesterday (11/06/2012) in which they announced all the goodies coming in SP1 ...

I'm so going to rip off Kent's post LOL! As I'm not at TechED 2012 :-( I know he will forgive me in the name of sharing and due to proper attrition ;-)

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1

Just finished my first session @TechEd 2012 in Orlando with Wally Mead and Mark Florida. During the session they revealed some of the upcoming features in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1.

There will be support for new platforms like:

    • Windows 8
    • Windows 8 tablet – Intel SoC tablets support
  • Mac OS X
    • Linux and Unix

Application changes

    • Support Metro style applications and Deep link applications
    • Network cost support, which is intelligence support for detecting and controlling/blocking traffic from connections like 3G and 4G networks

Hierarchy changes

    • You can add a new CAS to an existing stand-alone primary site
    • Changes in SQL replication
  • E-mail support for all in console alerts

Software Updates

    • Fallback support to Windows Update site for content
    • Endpoint Protection definition updates applied 3 times pr. site
  • Real-time administrative actions from the console

Changes in Settings Management

    • User Profile and Data Management
    • Client Side Caching
  • Roaming User Profiles
    • Folder Redirection

Changes in OSD

    • TPM and PIN support
    • Used Space BitLocker support

Prestage media support for additional content types

    • Support for WIM, Applications, Drivers, Package/Programs

PowerShell support

    • New PowerShell Provider
    • The scope is to support what-ever feature exposed in the Admin Console

No ETA on the release of SP1 itself, most likely we'll see a CTP soon enough. Can't wait to tinker with the features that really jump out and interest me, the real-time admin actions from the console (any of you guessed the implications of this?), Windows 8, Linux support and PoSH.