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.
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.
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
Even a little late SCCM 2012 SP1 also received its CU2. A lot of bugs are fixed and some more support for Linux systems are added. You can download the update and read the full list of changes here.
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 188.8.131.5248
- 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 184.108.40.206)
- Implemented a Universal Agent model that supports different Linux distributions.
- Fixed miscellaneous bugs
You can download them all from here.
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