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System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Update Out Today!

This should not come as a surprise for many as we’ve been waiting for this for some time now. The highlights of SP2 are:-

New Operating System Support

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista Sp2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2

New Features in Out of Band Management
In addition to providing feature parity with SP1 and AMT firmware versions 3.2.1, 4.0 and 5.0, the following new features are supported:

  • Wireless management with up to 8 wireless profiles
  • End point access control: 802.1x support
  • Audit logging
  • Support for different power states
  • Power control options at the collection level
  • Data storage
  • Scheduling configuration for in-band provisioning

Asset Intelligence Certificate Requirement Removal
Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 introduced Asset Intelligence v1.5. This version allowed customers to configure an online synchronization to ensure that their catalog was up to date with the latest Microsoft inventory for both hardware and applications. This initial release required a certificate. With Service Pack 2, the requirement to have the certificate has been removed, so any customer can configure their Asset Intelligence capabilities to connect online and update their catalog. Software Assurance is not required for this functionality.

64-bit Architecture Development
Service Pack 2 will also continue to deliver new support for x64 architectures, including the following:

  • X64 support for Operations Manager 2007 Client Agent
  • Update to Management Packs for 64-bit operating systems – SP2 will ship 64-bit performance counters (the management pack is a separate release)
  • Remote control support added for x64 XP and x64 Server 2003

Improved Client Policy Evaluation

  • Faster policy processing
  • More efficient software distribution configured to run at user logon

Branch Cache Support
Support for scenarios where Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Client are present and Branch Cache is enabled

 

Oh, BTW…it’s a 1.3GB download :). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3318741a-c038-4ab1-852a-e9c13f8a8140&displaylang=en 

 

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