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MMS 2011: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 Beta 2, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) New Version Released

At Microsoft Management Summit 2011, Microsoft made available new IT solutions to streamline PC and device management, empower productivity and enable the modern enterprise: Windows Intune, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 and the next version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

SCCM 2012 Beta 2 helps IT empower people to use the devices and apps they need to be productive, while maintaining corporate compliance and control. When it ships later this year, is going to enable management for iPads, iPhones, Symbian devices, Android devices and Windows Phone 7 devices, consistent access to corporate services from wherever they’re, on any device they’re using.

Using ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2, organizations can:

  • Empower people to be productive from anywhere on whatever device they choose. This includes the wide range of devices that connect to Exchange ActiveSync, including Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS, and Android-based devices. Through the new app model, the best app experience can be delivered to the user based on their identity, their device, and their connection.
  • Streamline operations with a unified infrastructure that integrates client management and protection across mobile, physical, and virtual environments. Improved capabilities such as Forefront Endpoint Protection integration, role based administration, and virtualization scenario support will simplify both infrastructure and processes for IT.
  • Drive organizational efficiency for IT with improved visibility and enforcement options for maintaining system compliance. This means fewer mouse clicks to accomplish tasks and higher degrees of automation in activities such as patch management and settings enforcement.

Brad Anderson also, discussed key components of the next version of MDOP, including the beta release of Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) and Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) updates.

MBAM builds on BitLocker in Windows 7 Enterprise and helps simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment, improves compliance and reporting, and reduces support costs through streamlining the key recovery process.

The updated version of DaRT will include the ability to initiate a remote-control session to assist users without the need for a deskside visit and the ability to boot from the network or a USB stick to use the recovery tools.

A beta of the next version of DaRT is expected in early April, and customers can sign up here.

MBAM beta can be sign up here.

Download: SCCM 2012 Beta 2


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