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Reasons to move from SCCM 2007 to 2012

Stonelion started a useful list in the forums, outlining several key bullet points for those considering migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012.  Feel free to jump in and add your own as I’m sure there are many additional pieces of CM2012 that may be even more applicable depending on the environment.

Original post: Reasons to move from SCCM 2007 to 2012

Here’s the list so far:

There was a useful email exchange recently about a list of reasons for moving from SCCM 2007 to 2012.
I thought it would be worth putting the list up here:

  • User device affinity is introduced, a method of associating a user with one or more devices. Software distribution in Configuration Manager 2012 is primarily user-based; applications are targeted to the user rather than the device
  • Assignment of Client Agent settings, Inventory collection, and Remote Control settings by collection offers increased flexibility in configuration
  • The Configuration Manager client agent now includes a Client Health check to identify and remediate agent issues
  • The Desired Configuration Management client feature has been enhanced as Compliance Settings, allowing for both identification of non-compliant systems and automatic remediation if desired
  • The new Role-based Administration feature flattens the complex hierarchies once required to isolate access to Configuration Manager features
  • The new state-based Application Model replaces the conventional Configuration Manager Package and Programs, incorporating dependencies and requirements for more granular software distribution
  • Software update groups and automatic deployment rules greatly streamline the management of deploying software updates to clients
  • Ability to “inject” new Windows Updates into existing WIM files used for Operating System Deployment by leveraging Component-Based Servicing
  • Remote Control, removed from Configuration Manager 2007, is re-introduced in Configuration Manager 2012 with complete multi-monitor and Aero interface support
  • The need for Secondary Sites and Proxy Management Points has largely been removed, as Distribution Points can now have rate limits
  • New Alerts feature allows enhanced monitoring of operations and conditions within Configuration Manager
  • New Content Library feature features Single Instance Store technology, removing redundant files found in multiple applications, packages, software updates, etc
  • Native mode has been eliminated, greatly simplifying the requirements for Internet-based client management
  • The Application Catalog server role has been introduced, granting end users the ability to request software.
  • Endpoint Protection integrated into the CM Console
  • Deploying Windows 8 / Server 2012 come SP1.

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