[Today's post is from the Configuration Manager Writing Team]

The Configuration Manager 2007 documentation library and the Configuration Manager 2012 documentation library have been updated on the web and the latest content has Updated: July1, 2011 at the top of the topic.

This month’s updates incorporate customer feedback for Configuration Manager 2007, and some new information (and updates) for Configuration Manager 2012.

We will continue to add more information for Configuration Manager 2012 as we get that information from the product group and in response to customer feedback. At the moment, some topics are published without any content to let you know that it’s planned. We also monitor page hits and search results to help us plan when to publish the information. To help you find the right information, use the Configuration Manager 2012 search portal.

Note that we are writing for the released product, rather than for any pre-release version, such as Beta 2. As such, there might be some discrepancies with the pre-release version that you are testing and the documentation.

We value customer feedback and try to incorporate it when possible. Although we can’t promise to make the docs perfect for everybody, we are committed to continual improvement. So, keep that feedback coming, and feel free to contact us about anything related to the documentation by using our usual address of SMSDocs@Microsoft.com.

What's New in the Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library for July 2011

The following information lists the topics that contain significant changes since the June 2011 update.

Configuration Manager 2007 General Supported Configurations

- Updated to clarify that the Windows Server 2008 R2 domain functional level and forest functional level is supported with Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and Configuration Manager 2007 SP2.

How to Prevent the Configuration Manager Client Software from Being Installed on Specific Computers

- Updated to add the registry path for 64-bit operating systems.

How to Prevent Configuration Manager From Installing Files on a Specific Drive

- Updated to clarify that the branch distribution point does not honor the no_sms_on_drive.sms file. This clarification is also added to About Standard and Branch Distribution Points.

Certificate Requirements for Out of Band Management

- Updated to remove the key length of 1536 for the AMT provisioning certificate. This key length is not supported by Configuration Manager.

Prerequisites for Out of Band Management

- Updated to clarify that DHCP is required for both in-band provisioning and out of band provisioning. Failing to configure DHCP correctly is one of the most typical reasons why in-band provisioning fails.

 

What's New in the Configuration Manager 2012 Documentation Library for July 2011

The following information lists the topics that contain significant changes since the June 2011 update.

What’s New in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated with the clarification that the Manage Site Accounts (MSAC) command-line tool that was provided with Configuration Manager 2007 is not provided with and is not supported by Configuration Manager 2012. Information is also added for Client Status (which was Client Status Reporting in Configuration Manager 2007, and also known as “Client Health”).

Introduction to Client Deployment in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for information about client status and deploying the Configuration Manager client on mobile devices.

Determine How to Manage Mobile Devices in Configuration Manager 2012

- New topic that lists the differences between the three types of mobile device management in Configuration Manager 2012 and when to use each method.

Determine the Site System Roles for Client Deployment in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for all the site system roles that you might require to install clients on computers or mobile devices.

Determine Whether to Block Clients in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for computers, mobile devices, and AMT-based computers.

How to Configure Request Ports for Clients in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for Configuration Manager 2012. There are no signification changes from Configuration Manager 2007.

How to Prevent the Client Software from Installing on Specific Computers in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for Configuration Manager 2012. There are no signification changes from Configuration Manager 2007.

Planning for Discovery in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for information about Network Discovery.

Configure Sites and the Hierarchy for Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for information about configuring Network Discovery.

PKI Certificate Requirements for Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated the client certificate specific information details for operating system deployment to remove the restriction that the Subject must contain a unique value. In Configuration Manager 2012, this certificate now supports the Subject Alternative Name (SAN). In addition, updated the certificate details for the AMT provisioning certificate for the supported key lengths.

Reporting in Configuration Manager 2012

- This section is updated for the following topics:

Example Scenarios for Using Out of Band Management in Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated for Configuration Manager 2012. There are no signification changes from Configuration Manager 2007.

Frequently Asked Questions for Configuration Manager 2012

- Updated to include the following new Client Deployment and Operations question:

  • How do I find out what client health checks Configuration Manager makes and can I add my own?

 

-- The Configuration Manager Writing Team

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