Jeff Wettlaufer exlplained the new features in the recently released System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Beta (ConfigMgr07 SP2), and how that will help with Windows 7 deployment and management. “SP2 adds support for new operating systems – Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 and Windows Vista SP2 – along with exciting enhancements around Intel AMT integration. If you have the Intel vPro hardware, there are many things we can do. Out of Box Wired/Wireless Management: Wireless Profile Management, End Point Access Control: 802.1x support, Access Monitor: Audit Log, Remote Power Management: Power State Configuration. You were at Microsoft Management Summit in May and already saw this, but we demoed waking Windows XP PCs up wirelessly and kicking off the deployment to Windows 7 using USMT and hard-link migration. Those machines were mid range Dell latitude laptops, and we migrated to Windows 7 with 4GB user data and apps in 18 minutes.” If you have ConfigMgr and want try to SP2 Beta, visit connect.microsoft.com, join the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Connection and download SP2.
Full Interview: Windwos Blog