Microsoft System Center 2012 is designed to enable businesses to more easily manage IT infrastructure, both servers and endpoint devices.
The Beta of SP1 for this software is currently available to the public, and with it will come a number of implications. One of which, impacts managing BOYD environments in conjunction with Windows Intune.
Some new features include:
- Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
- Network visualization across multiple hosts.
- The Interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console.
- As well as several other improvements we won’t be focusing on in this blog. (more info here)
The interoperability of Windows Intune with System Center is by itself a huge breakthrough. Currently Microsoft offers two separate solutions for endpoint management: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager for on-premises, and Windows Intune via the cloud for organizations with more dynamic scaling needs.
With the proliferation of BOYD mobile device culture creating unique management and security complexities, organizations of all sizes need tighter integration with endpoint device management tools. Service Pack 1 and the next Intune patch will be delivering this by tying together the administrative interfaces of these two consoles and (by derivative) their respective feature options.
Windows Phone 8 and Window RT devices are also on the line up to be managed by Windows Intune, which means these features will also be available in System Center. At the same time, Windows Intune will be going over a much needed licensing overhaul, changing its model from per/device to per/user licensing. This brings it in line with other successful Microsoft cloud initiatives such as Office 365.