Microsoft announced the release of Configuration Manager 2012 SP2 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1. This service pack includes tons of new features. We covered the complete installation, now we decided to compile a list of our favorite Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 new features and we’ll be describing how to enable them and explain why they made the cut.
Preferred Management Points
Official description from Technet : Preferred management points enable a client to identify and prefer to communicate with a management point that is associated with its current network location or boundary. When configured, a client attempts to use a preferred management point from its assigned site before using a management point from its assigned site that is not configured as preferred.
Basically it means that you can assign your clients to a preferred management points like you did in the past for content (Distribution Points) using boundary groups. Cumulative Update 3 had a similar concept of Management Point affinity but it was not configurable using boundary groups.
Prior to CU3, if you wanted to assign clients to a specific management point, a primary sites or secondary sites were needed as Management Points are not site aware. Stand-alone MP in your hierarchy was just giving your clients new management point to be assign but they were not forced to use them.
This feature could means simplified hierarchy for many organisation.