MMS 2011 – Wednesday Keynote

During today’s keynote the announcement we all were waiting for was made – System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 available for download now!

Beta 2 is also feature-complete which means that all features which will ship in the finished product are now in there. I can’t wait to start playing with it. I encourage everyone to download it and start testing it so you can start thinking about the possibilities and challenges your organization or customers will have when moving to Configuration Manager 2012. It truly is a major technology change compared to Configuration Manager 2007.

The second announcement is that System Center Configuration Manager 2012 can now manage settings on IPAD, Iphone and Android devices! One Console will rule them all.

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is now a part of the Core CAL. So for all of us that have purchased the Core CAL are licensed to use FEP 2010 as well which integrates in Configuration Manager 2007 today. A new version of FEP 2012 which will integrate with Configuration Manager 2012 will be released within 90 days of the release of SCCM 2012.

Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring, will give us a toolset for Bitlocker. It will ship as part of MDOP and is available in Beta today.

Windows Intune is now released, client management in the Cloud.

The Keynote was full of great demos of really cool new features in Configuration Manager 2012. The roadmap for all System Center products was announced as well. It is a great experience attending, thank you Microsoft for a great event!

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