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Comparison of SMS 2003 vs SCCM 2007 vs SCCM 2012

So a good friend recently asked me for a version comparison of the ConfigMgr 2012 and the previous versions, so here’s my take on it. I know there are gaps but I can’t think of every single thing here. Ultimately these are the same product just from a different generation :). The huge change came between ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012…I know some of you call it SCCM. So this is just a quick glance on the differences between these versions. This compilation was based out from Raymond Chou’s blog post with much additions.

 

Features SMS 2003 ConfigMgr 2007 ConfigMgr 2012
Hardware & Software Inventory Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
     Define Inventory Collection Check mark symbol Using SMS_def.mof file Check mark symbol Using SMS_def.mof file Check mark symbol GUI
Software Distribution Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Computer-based Targeting Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Self-service Portal     Check mark symbol
   User Only Collection     Check mark symbol
   Device Only Collection     Check mark symbol
   User-Device Affinity     Check mark symbol
   State-based Application Management     Check mark symbol
   App-V Package Distribution   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Windows Store Package Distribution     Check mark symbol
   Windows Phone Application Distribution     Check mark symbol
   Windows Mobile Cabinet Package Distribution   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   iOS .ipa Package Distribution     Check mark symbol
   iOS Application from AppStore     Check mark symbol
   Android .apk Package Distribution     Check mark symbol
   Android Application from Google Play     Check mark symbol
   Auto-install Dependant Application Check mark symbol*P Cannot check existence of dependant app before installing Check mark symbol*P Cannot check existence of dependant app before installing Check mark symbol
   Application Requirement Rules     Check mark symbol
   Shared Cache     Check mark symbol
   User-Triggered Un-installation     Check mark symbol
Hierarchy      
   Boundary Groups     Check mark symbol
Software Updates Management ITMU WSUS WSUS
   3rd Party Application   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Automatic Deployment Rules     Check mark symbol
   Automatic clean-up of Superseded and Expired Updates     Check mark symbol
Software Metering Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
Policy Targeting Site Site Collection
Remote Control Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Ctrl-Alt-Del
Reporting Check mark symbol Web Check mark symbol Web + SQL Reporting Services Check mark symbol SQL Reporting Services
Agent-based Management Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
Active Directory Integration Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Automatic Site Boundary Discovery     Check mark symbol
   Cross-forest Management     Check mark symbol
   User Discovery   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Computer Discovery Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   AD Group Discovery   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
Operating System Deployment   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Offline Image Servicing     Check mark symbol
   Task Sequence   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Automatic Driver Injection   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Integration with MDT   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
Automatic Detection of Configurations and Settings   Check mark symbol known as Desired Configuration Management Check mark symbol known as Settings Management
   Automatic Remediation     Check mark symbol
Internet-based Client Management Check mark symbol Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
Maintenance Window   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
Intel vPro Integration   Check mark symbol SP1 Check mark symbol
Role-based Access Control     Check mark symbol
Define User Scope     Check mark symbol
Power Management   Check mark symbol R3 Check mark symbol
   Ability for Users to Opt-out     Check mark symbol
Device Management   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Windows Mobile   Check mark symbol Check mark symbol
   Windows Phone     Check mark symbol
   Apple iOS     Check mark symbol
   Google Android     Check mark symbol

 

Note: *P = Partial

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