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Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Overview:

Enable your people, and unify device management, while supporting the information security and compliance needs of IT.

Enable users to work anywhere on the device of their choice

With System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, you can manage your PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving your users access to preferred applications from the devices they choose.

System Center Configuration Manager with Windows Intune - better together

You can extend your device management to the cloud by integrating System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune to manage corporate-connected Windows PCs, Macs and Unix/Linux Servers on premises along with cloud-based mobile devices running Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android, for a complete comprehensive management solution through a single administrative console, infrastructure, and reporting system.

With the Consumerization of IT trend gaining momentum and mindshare, organizations are faced with the challenge of finding the right balance between allowing their users to choose which devices they use, while making sure those devices have access to the right set of applications while meeting corporate data protection and compliance requirements.

Microsoft’s unified device management solution builds on market-leading client management by combining System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager with Windows Intune to provide organizations a comprehensive, cross-platform, and user-centric way to deploy applications and manage users’ devices whether they are corporate-connected or cloud-based.

With Configuration Manager and Windows Intune, organizations can enable their users to choose their devices, unify their management infrastructure, and simplify IT administration. IT can deliver and manage consistent application experiences for people based on their corporate identity, network connectivity, and device type, helping maintain productivity as people use various devices throughout their day. Through a single infrastructure and administrative console, they can manage PCs, mobile devices, endpoint protection, and virtual machines across platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.

Simplified server and client deployment, streamlined updates, and consolidated reporting enable your IT staff to easily manage your mobile, physical, and virtual client environments, reducing costs and increasing efficiency through comprehensive application and device management. Unified security, including System Center Endpoint Protection, protects your corporate information and helps you better manage risk by deploying software updates and antimalware definitions to PCs, as well as enabling selective wipe of mobile devices.

Users

  • Demand their own choice of device
  • Expect anywhere connectivity and productivity

IT

  • Needs to maintain compliance and data protection
  • Must avoid the complexity and cost associated with many discrete management infrastructures

Facts

  • The worldwide smart connected device space will continue to surge, with overall shipments surpassing 2 billion units by the end of 2015 with a market value of $735.1 billion.1
  • 61% of global enterprises provide IT support for company-owned smartphones and tablets, up from only 27% in 2011. This contrasts with 17% supporting employee-owned smartphones and tablets.2
  • For company-owned smartphones, only 55% of decision-makers say that their company has security policies and sufficient tools, 35% say that they lack tools, and 6% lack a security policy and tools.2
  • Only 30% of firms have policies and sufficient tools for employee-owned smartphones; 15% lack a policy entirely.2

1. IDC Press Release, Tablet Shipments Forecast to Top Total PC Shipments in the Fourth Quarter of 2013 and Annually by 2015, According to IDC, Sept 11, 2013.
2. ‘Mobile Workers Use Personal Apps to Solve Customer Problems—Is IT Ready, Willing, And Able To Assist? A September 2012 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Unisys’

Features & Benefits:

Enable Users
Users can self-provision applications through a company portal. Users can view, install, and run corporate applications across devices, including corporate LOB applications, web applications, and links to IT-recommended applications available from public application stores.
Consistent self-service access to applications Users can install applications from a Company Portal which is consistent across devices and platforms.
Automatic access configuration Provides automatic VPN, Wi-Fi profiles, and authentication settings and manages and distributes certificates, giving end users access to company resources.
Unify IT management infrastructure
Configuration Manager and Windows Intune enables you to streamline operations by consolidating all client management and security in a single infrastructure
Unified device management Enables you to manage Windows PCs, Macs, and Unix/Linux servers, as well as mobile devices running Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS, and Android – all through a single infrastructure and administrative console.
Comprehensive Settings management Improves functionality by setting and enforcing configurations, triggering console alerts, providing richer reporting, and utilizing pre-built industry standard baseline templates. IT also gains visibility into at-risk devices through jailbreak and root detection for iOS and Android.
Integrated antimalware protection and management Integrates desktop security and compliance management to protect against malware through System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection, remediate vulnerabilities, and deploy updates.
Reduced infrastructure requirements Lowers the number of physical servers and primary and secondary sites and provides scalability enhancements. Uses in-console monitoring to track software distribution and report on infrastructure utilization to help reduce cost and complexity.
Simplify IT administration
Configuration Manager and Windows Intune makes it easier and faster for you to keep systems well managed and compliant.
User-centric app delivery Enables IT to provide applications to people while defining the best delivery mechanism for each application to a device based on the platform being used. Provides the ability to differentiate application installs between corporate and personal devices.
Software update management Identifies which devices are not up-to-date; delivers and installs the required updates and reports.
Role-based administration Enables IT to access tools and information based on their scope of activity and span of control.
Multiple OS deployment method support Provides support for PXE-initiated, multi-cast network-based installations, stand-alone media, and pre-staged media deployment.
Client activity and health Offers an in-console view of client health, threshold-based console alerts, HW/SW inventory and status, and remediation.

Benefits

Empower user productivity

Empower people with the services they need to be productive from anywhere, on whatever device they choose.

Unify the IT management infrastructure

Streamline operations with a unified infrastructure that integrates client management and protection across mobile, physical, and virtual environments.

Simplify administration

Administer client systems and offer improved visibility and enforcement options for maintaining system compliance.

Capabilities:

Application delivery

Configuration Manager takes a user-centric approach to application delivery that allows administrators to create one application that can be delivered to all of a user’s devices. It evaluates device and network capabilities and optimizes delivery, whether through a local installation, streaming through App-V, or via a presentation server such as the Remote Desktop Services RemoteApp capability or Citrix XenApp.

Device management

Integration with Windows Intune provides a single administrative console for managing policies and comprehensive asset and compliance reporting across PCs as well as mobile devices, including Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android.

Virtual desktop management

Configuration Manager reduces the complexity and cost of implementing virtual environments by providing a single, unified tool to manage all your client desktops, thin clients, mobile devices, and virtual desktops.

Endpoint Protection

Configuration Manager serves as the infrastructure for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection. It delivers a single solution for malware protection, identification, and remediation of vulnerabilities, while giving visibility into non-compliant systems.

Compliance and settings management

You can create a baseline for “desired configuration state” and ensure that all user devices comply through auto remediation or alerts. Configuration Manager also integrates with Microsoft System Center Service Manager to automatically create incidents on baseline drift.

Software update management

Configuration Manager simplifies the complex task of delivering and managing updates to IT systems across the enterprise. IT administrators can deliver updates of Microsoft products, third-party applications, hardware drivers, and system BIOS to a variety of devices, including desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices.

Power management

Get more out of your energy-saving hardware with a comprehensive set of centralized client power management tools. Configuration Manager works with the capabilities built into your Windows operating system to help you optimize power settings at a granular level.

Operating system deployment

Configuration Manager distributes operating systems to physical desktops, servers, laptops, and mobile devices across enterprise networks and eliminates the inefficiencies and errors associated with manually installing applications.

Client health and monitoring

Configuration Manager displays client health evaluation results and client activities directly in the console, providing alerting and remediation capabilities if health statistics fall below established thresholds.

Asset intelligence

Administrators can have continuous visibility into hardware and software assets and usage. Asset Intelligence translates inventory data into information, providing rich reports that help administrators with software purchasing decisions, upgrade plans, and license reporting.

Inventory

Configuration Manager can inventory hardware and software in your organization to help give you a view into what resources you have. The new release helps you enable custom hardware inventory more easily and lets you extend the inventory schema.

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