Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Clients for Additional Operating Systems

As SCCM 2012 R2 Preview was released a couple of days before the additional clients are also released with Preview Label. The clients bring a lot of support for non-Windows operating systems and can be download from here.

Improvements:

Mac Client:
The following Mac versions are supported in this release:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

The following scenarios are supported through the Mac client in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview:

  • Discovery – Discovers Mac OS X system in Active Directory and through network discovery
  • Hardware Inventory – Provides hardware inventory and auditing of computers running Mac OS X, including a list of installed software similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Settings Management – Ensures computers running Mac OS X comply with company policies using scripts and preference list management.
  • Application Deployment – Distributes required software via app model.
  • Software Updates Management – Distributes patches utilizing Software Distribution and Settings management features.

UNIX/Linux Client:
The following UNIX and Linux versions are supported in this release.

  • AIX Version 7.1, 6.1, 5.3
  • Solaris Version 11 (SPARC and x86) , 10 (SPARC and x86), 9 (SPARC)
  • HP-UX Version 11iv2 (PA-RISC and IA64) , 11iv3 (PA-RISC and IA64)
  • RHEL Version 6 (x64 and x86) , 5 (x64 and x86), 4 (x64 and x86)
  • SLES Version 11 (x64 and x86), 10 (x64 and x86), 9 (x86)
  • CentOS Version 6 (x64 and x86), 5 (x64 and x86)
  • Debian Version 6 (x64 and x86), 5 (x64 and x86)
  • Ubuntu Version 12.4 LTS (x64 and x86), 10.4 LTS (x64 and x86)
  • Oracle Linux 6 (x64 and x86), 5 (x64 and x86)

The following scenarios are supported by the UNIX and Linux clients:

  • Hardware Inventory – Hardware inventory can be viewed through Resource Explorer and can be used to create collections of UNIX and Linux computers.
  • Software Inventory – Through hardware inventory the list of natively installed software can be gathered from the UNIX and Linux computers – similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Software Distribution – Deploy new software, update existing software and apply OS patches to collections of UNIX/Linux computers (using a package and program). Run arbitrary maintenance scripts on a collection of UNIX/Linux servers.
  • Secure and Authenticated Communications
  • Consolidated Reports

Updated: Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager – Clients for Additional Operating Systems

The SCCM 2012 SP1 clients for the following operating systems are updated:

  • Mac OS X – 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
  • AIX – 7.1, 5.3
  • HP-UX – 11v2, 11v3
  • Linux – RHEL Version 6, 5, 4; SLES Version 11, 10, 9;CentOS Version 6, 5;Debian Version 6, 5;Ubuntu Version 12.4 LTS, 10.4 LTS;Oracle Linux 6, 5
  • Solaris – 11, 10, 9

The following changes are introduced:

  • Client Build Version 1.0.0.4648
  • Added support for the following operating systems – AIX, HP-UX, Solaris 11, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux and Ubuntu.
  • Uses Open Management Infrastructure CIM server (OMI Version 1.0.6.5)
  • Implemented a Universal Agent model that supports different Linux distributions.
  • Fixed miscellaneous bugs

You can download them all from here.

New version: System Center Monitoring Pack for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems

After the release of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 SP1 which includes updates for SCOM 2012 we now have updated version of System Center Monitoring Pack for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems. Guides and installation files can be found here.

IMPORTANT: HP-UX PA-RISC computers monitored by Operations Manager will experience heartbeat and monitoring failures after an upcoming Windows update

Microsoft is preparing to strengthen Windows security by allowing only RSA keys that are more or equal of 1024 bits. As SCOM uses 512 bit key for monitoring HP-UX PA-RISC this will break communication between such servers. Read more about the problem and how to implement workarounds here.