The Documentation library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager has been updated on the web and the latest content has Updated: October 1, 2011 at the top of the topic.

There are no significant updates for the Configuration Manager 2007 documentation library this month.

We’ve been very busy this month, updating the library for the new System Center 2012 branding, publishing information about System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, and the Package Conversion Manager feature pack, and updating all the docs so that you have the latest information when you download the Release Candidate.

We will continue to add more information for Configuration Manager 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 – but the number of empty topics are now very few! We’ve been working on the topics that we see are being requested by customers. 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 prerelease version, such as Beta 2 or the Release Candidate. As such, there might be some discrepancies with the prerelease 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 Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager for October 2011

 

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

Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager

– Updated for support statements that were previously published on the Microsoft Connect site.

What’s New in Configuration Manager

– The Client Deployment and Operations section is updated for Remote Control and Endpoint Protection.

Introduction to Site Administration in Configuration Manager

– New topic for overview information about how to plan, deploy, configure, and maintain a Configuration Manager hierarchy.

Planning for Discovery in Configuration Manager

– Updated for new information about Active Directory forest discovery.

Planning for Site Systems in Configuration Manager

– Updated for site system role placement and planning considerations.

Planning for Security in Configuration Manager

– Updated for the section Planning a Transition Strategy for PKI Certificates and Internet-Based Client Management.

Planning for Site Operations in Configuration Manager

– Updated for backup and recovery information.

Prepare the Windows Environment for Configuration Manager

– Updated for information about extending the Active Directory schema for Configuration Manager and setting security permissions so that sites can publish to Active Directory Domain Service, and how to configure IIS for site system roles.

Install Sites and Create a Hierarchy for Configuration Manager

– Updated for Setup information.

Configuring Discovery in Configuration Manager

– Updated for how to configure Active Directory Forest Discovery.

Configuring Settings for Client Management in Configuration Manager

– Updated for how to configure maintenance windows, the implications of multiple maintenance windows, and how these work with Software Center.

Backup and Recovery in Configuration Manager

– Updated for information about how to backup and recover a site.

Reporting in Configuration Manager

– This section has been updated throughout for reporting information.

Security and Privacy for Site Administration in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security best practices related to site administration and privacy information for Discovery.

Technical Reference for Log Files in Configuration Manager

– Updated for the log files that are created by Configuration Manager. We will continue to update this topic when the information becomes available.

Security and Privacy for Migration to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

– New topic that lists security best practices and issues, and privacy information for when you migrate from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

Prerequisites for Client Deployment in Configuration Manager

– Updated for Prerequisites for Mobile Device Clients.

Security and Privacy for Clients in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security and privacy information for clients and mobile devices that are managed by the Exchange Server connector, and privacy information.

About Client Settings in Configuration Manager

– Updated to reflect the latest client settings options.

Introduction to Application Management in Configuration Manager

– Updated for additional information, which includes simulated deployments and supersedence.

How to Simulate an Application Deployment in Configuration Manager

– New topic that provides information about how to use the new simulated deployment option.

How to Use Application Supersedence in Configuration Manager

– New topic that provides information about how to use the new supersedence option.

How to Create Applications in Configuration Manager

- Updated for procedural information.

How to Create Deployment Types in Configuration Manager

- Updated for procedural information.

How to Deploy Applications in Configuration Manager

- Updated for procedural information.

Security and Privacy for Application Management in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security and privacy information for application management and the Application Catalog.

How to Enable CRL Checking for Software Updates

– New topic that provides information about how to enable certificate revocation checking in the Configuration Manager console for when you download software updates.

Security and Privacy for Software Updates in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security and privacy information for software updates.

Security and Privacy for Deploying Operating Systems in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security and privacy information for operating system deployment.

How to Create Collections in Configuration Manager

– Updated procedural information.

How to Use Maintenance Windows in Configuration Manager

– Updated procedural information.

Security and Privacy for Collections in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security and privacy information for collections.

Security and Privacy for Queries in Configuration Manager

– Updated for security and privacy information for queries.

How to Configure Software Inventory in Configuration Manager

– Updated for how to configure software inventory.

How to Use Resource Explorer to View Software Inventory in Configuration Manager

– Updated for how to use Resource Explorer.

Power Management in Configuration Manager

– This section is updated throughout.

Best Practices for Out of Band Management in Configuration Manager

– New topic that lists some operational best practices for when you manage Intel AMT-based computers out of band.

Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager

– New section that introduces Endpoint Protection how to plan, configure, and use it.

What’s New in the Documentation for Configuration Manager

– Updated for the new Security and Privacy guide and a link to the new glossary.

Frequently Asked Questions for Configuration Manager

– Updated for new questions that include:

  • How can I avoid redistributing content that I migrate to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
  • Can I combine more than one Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy in a single System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy?
  • Will advertisements rerun after they are migrated?
  • What improvements have you made for Internet-based client management?
  • Do I have to begin using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager applications immediately after migrating from Configuration Manager 2007?
  • What is the quick guide to installing the Application Catalog?
  • Can I use update lists in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
  • Does System Center 2012 Configuration Manager have automatic approval rules like Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)?
  • What is a limiting collection and why would I use it?
  • Can I include or exclude the members of another collection from my collection?

Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager (Prerelease)

– New section that provides information about this new feature pack that allows you to convert packages from Configuration Manager 2007 into application for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

 

-- The Configuration Manager Writing Team

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