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.

Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012

While waiting for Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 SP1 it seems System Center 2012 without SP1 received its UR5. In this update only two of the components receive fixes:

Virtual Machine Manager (KB2824618)
Issue 1

A host that is put into maintenance mode does not load-balance virtual machines in a cluster during evacuation. This causes host reserve saturation.

Operations Manager (KB2831729)
Issue 1

The Solaris agent could run out of file descriptors when many multi-version file systems (MVFS) are mounted.

Issue 2

Logical and physical disks are not discoverable on AIX-based computers when a disk device file is contained in a subdirectory.

Issue 3

Rules and monitors that were created by using the UNIX/Linux Shell Command templates do not contain overridable ShellCommand and Timeout parameters.

Issue 4

Process monitors that were created by using the UNIX/Linux Process Monitoring template cannot save in an existing management pack that has conflicting references to library management packs.

Issue 5

The Linux agent cannot install on a CentOS or Oracle Linux host by using the FIPS version of OpenSSL 0.9.8.

Full description of the update and download links you kind find in KB article.

Read carefully the installation instructions as the update for SCOM has some special instructions. I would also wait System Center Monitoring Pack for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems to be updated because it is part of the update. The current download is still from 01.08.2013.

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.

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.