Monday, 17 June 2013

Microsoft's "Blue" or R2 Wave

In 9 days we're due to get the Beta versions of Microsoft's next wave of releases (Formerly known as Blue) for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

I'm going to leave Windows (Client and Server) to one side for now as there's enough coverage of those features, but what's publically known in terms of new features and changes for System Center?

So far for System Center 2012, it's been mainly SCVMM features announced, along with some ConfigMgr and Intune details.

Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
  • Management of physical network switches via OMI
  • OOB Service Templates to provision other System Center 2012 R2 components
  • OOB Service Template for Network Virtualisation Gateway with Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Use ODX deployment capability from Libraries sharing the same SAN
  • First node in a tier can run different scripts - helps deploying guest clusters
  • Better Windows Server 2012 IPAM integration
  • Shared VHDX support for guest clustering
  • Dynamic VHDX resizing
  • Linux Dynamic memory support
Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)
  • Deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Provision certificates, Wi-Fi and VPN profiles
  • Deploy links to web applications
  • RBAC Reporting control
  • Create and modify offline VHD Images
  • Publish VHD to SCVMM for use with templates
Intune
  • Auto VPN configuration
  • VPN and Wi-Fi profile configuration
  • Single pane of glass for both Mobile and Devices via Intune into ConfigMgr
  • More MDM policy configuration options
  • Selective wipe rather than just full device wipe
  • The new Server 2012 R2 Work Folders feature configuration
I suppose we're just going to have to wait until next week to get our grubby mits on more information and the ability to have a play.

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