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.

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

The SCCM clients for operating systems different than Windows are updated to reflect the recently released CU1. You can grab the bits from here.