System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) has become the latest Microsoft product to receive a revamp. Microsoft has diverted from releasing new major products on a regular basis, to updating existing offerings as “as a service”.
The differences to System Center Configuration Manager
The previous version, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is now being replaced with the much simpler System Center Configuration Manager. Incremental updates will replace the past system of deploying major and cumulative updates and service packs, with each update being named according to the date of release, in the format “xYYMM”. The first of these is the current model, v1510, which is the October 2015 update. Another update will be expected within the following 12 months, following the release of the new SCCM at the end of 2015.
What does SCCM as a service offer?
The changes to SCCM will mean that it’s able to keep up with the wide range of Windows 10 streams, such as Long Term Servicing Branch, Current Branch for Business, and Current Branch, as they become more frequently used corporately. The new release process will allow SCCM to be used with Android and iOS developments as well as Windows 10, and it can therefore become a primary interface for your clients to manage a variety of tablets, phones and PCs.
Limitations to bear in mind
Despite the compatibility with Windows 10, past versions of SCCM including 2012 and 2012 R2 won’t continue to support the new Windows 10 features in future. However, other plans have been outlined for these products to enable them to support Windows 10 LTSB 2015 after February 2017. They will receive a number of cumulative updates and service packs in advance of this to make it possible, and any of your clients that are currently using SCCM 2012 or 2012 R2 will need to upgrade to the new SCCM as a service to maintain full functionality.
SCCM with Marathon
Marathon’s team of trained engineers can carry out SCCM upgrades and implementation as an extension of your business, on a white-label basis. Find out more about Marathon’s recently completed SCCM projects, or give us a call today on 020 8329 1000.