[Today's post is provided by Michael Cureton ]
The System Center Configuration Manager team would like to announce the release of the public beta for Configuration Manager Service Pack 2. This beta is now available for download for all customers.
Service Pack 2 for Configuration Manager 2007 delivers new platform support for Windows 7 client, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. In addition, Service Pack 2 delivers continued innovation with Intel vPro technology, support for Branch Cache enabled environments, and continued development for 64 bit architectures.
You can access more information and download the beta by registering for the Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Open Beta Program on Connect at https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=3005&InvitationID=%20CM72-HDRW-G3V6&... . It can also be found in the Connection Directory sorting by "Connection Name" and is listed under System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
New Operating System Support
New Features in Out of Band Management
Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 improves on the Intel AMT integration provided in Service Pack 1. SP2 adds full feature support for computers that have the Intel vPro chip set and AMT firmware versions 4 & 5. 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:
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:
Improved Client Policy Evaluation
Branch Cache Support
We invite you to register for the Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Open Beta Program on Connect at https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=3005&InvitationID=%20CM72-HDRW-G3V6&... .
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