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Microsoft is currently building the update to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr07) titled Service Pack 2. The ConfgMgr Technology Adoption Program (TAP) team is pleased to announce that we are now soliciting participation in the System Center Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 Product validation program.
What's New? ConfigMgr07 SP2 will include new OS support along with improving on the Intel AMT integration.
New Operating System Support
(Intel) Active Management Technology Integration - Version 2
Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 will improve on the Intel AMT (iAMT) integration provided in Service Pack 1. SP2 will add full feature support for computers that have the Intel vPro chip set and iAMT firmware versions 4 & 5. In addition to providing feature parity with SP1 and iAMT firmware versions 3.2.1, 4.0 and 5.0, support for the below new features are being added:
OOB Wireless Management: Wireless Profile Management (mobile ONLY)
End Point Access Control: 802.1x support
Provision 802.1x settings on AMT wireless clients during AMT provisioning
Send 802.1x settings operations to the Intel translator on AMT systems with revisions earlier than 3.2.1
Persistent Data Storage: Non Volatile Memory or Third Party Data Store (3PDS)
Access Monitor: Audit Log
Enable or Disable Audit Log (no critical event settings)
View Audit Log through OOB Console
Remote Power Management: Power State Configuration
This program is designed to provide collaboration with your company and Microsoft. The purpose is to validate through lab testing and the deployment of pre-release builds. Your company will have the opportunity to provide design and performance feedback for the product. You can do this through the reporting of bugs and submission of Design Change Requests (DCRs), as well as provide general feedback for product group consideration. This program will provide customers with support from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager product group, as well as 24x7 support for production deployment issues. The program starts soon and finishes by the end of the calendar year 2009.
A short nomination survey is located here:
Full link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=EFslbxTQdA6OCgbp_2fg8iNQ_3d_3d
The number of available slots in the program is limited. The selection is based on a broad set of criteria and not solely on a customer's commitment to fulfill program requirements.
Prioritization will be given to organizations that meet one or more of the following profiles:
Initial Nomination period
Submission of System Center Configuration Manager SP2 Nomination Surveys by or on behalf of interested customers.
Customers selected for the program are notified and given information regarding initial participation.
April / May 2009
Online information sessions and conference calls to get familiar with feature set and initiate planning
Deployment in production environment. Product validation and feedback submitted.
More extensive deployment in production environment. Product validation and feedback submitted.
Win7 plus 90 days
Release to Manufacturing
Upgrade to released build and enterprise-wide deployment.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions you may have regarding this communication or the nomination process.
The System Center Configuration Manager Technology Adoption Program team
Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2009/02/28/configmgr-announcing-the-system-center-configuration-manager-2007-sp2-technology-adoption-program.aspx