I am very pleased to inform you that
(Corporate Vice President, Management & Security Division) has just announced the public availability of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 at the day 2 keynote for the
Microsoft Management Summit 2011
. This is a huge milestone for the Configuration Manager team. We started our journey toward Configuration Manager 2012 three years ago with a
paper around what "User-Centric Management" really meant, and how we needed to completely rethink the age old problem of, "users X need application Y" as a start.
Now, we're announcing the feature complete System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 that customers can
and evaluate in their labs today and for our TAP customers, start their production deployments. Read the official announcement
. Below is a list of top-level features that were completed since the release of Beta 1 in May 2010:
Application model - uninstall, supersedence, enhanced detection methods
Compliance settings - create settings from browse experience, user targeting of configuration baselines, in-console monitoring, conflict reporting
Software updates - in-console monitoring completed, superseded software update support, automatic deployment of software updates on a schedule
Power management - exclude virtual machines, allow end-user to "opt out"
Exchange Server connector for mobile devices
Collections - new include/exclude rules, organizational folders, incremental evaluation
Console - the ribbon is here!
Role-based administration - collections as a means to limit an administrative user
From a technology perspective, this will be the most significant release of Configuration Manager in its 16 year history. We've rewritten our core software distribution around a set of user-centric design principles, redesigned our hierarchy model to meet today's and tomorrow's needs, and redesigned both our administrative and end-user experiences. The most exciting things about building Configuration Manager 2012 have been the customer learnings. Since our Beta 1 release last May, we've been on the road helping our TAP customers deploy and evaluate Beta 1, we've taken lots of feedback about both quality and functionality, and we have incorporated a lot of those learnings into the Beta 2 release.
I would like to thank all our Beta 1 participants and invite all our customers to download and evaluate Beta 2.