Support Questions about Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 for Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection

Support Questions about Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 for Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection

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This blog post addresses the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 support questions you’ve been asking about for Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection.

Question: Which versions of Configuration Manager will support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Answer: We are adding support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 in both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and Configuration Manager 2007 with SP2 (includes Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Configuration Manager 2007 R3). This support and any required updates will be available in the same timeframe as System Center 2012 SP1 in early 2013.


More information:


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1:

We will add the following operating systems to our client support matrix with the release of Service Pack 1:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Note: Systems with these operating systems will also be able to host a distribution point.

All site server roles - including site servers, sms providers, and management points - can be deployed to servers with the following operating system editions:

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

 
Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2

As with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1, we are adding the following operating systems to our client support matrix in Configuration Manager 2007 with SP2 (includes Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Configuration Manager 2007 R3):

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Note: Though these will be fully supported as clients, there is no plan to add support for deploying these as operating systems by using the Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment feature. Also, no site servers or site systems will be supported on any SKU of Windows Server 2012.

 

Question: Which versions of Endpoint Protection will support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Answer: We are adding support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 in both System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1 and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 with Update Rollup 1. This support and any required updates will be available in the same timeframe as System Center 2012 SP1 in early 2013. 


More information:


System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1:

We will add the following operating systems to our client support matrix with the release of Service Pack 1:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

 
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 with Update Rollup 1

As with System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1, we are adding the following operating systems to our client support matrix in FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Note: For FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1 no site servers or site roles will be supported on any SKU of Windows Server 2012.

 

--The Configuration Manager Team

 
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  • This is Great News ! Thank you ;) Reblogged eskonr.com

  • So SP1 won't come out until 2013? Wow, that's a long time to leave all Windows 8 and Server 2013 computers unmanaged. That's really going to hurt our drive to upgrade. I'm tempted to implement the Beta of SP1 in that case; I know it's not officially supported in production environments, but is there any indication of whether it will be possible to upgrade from Beta SP1 to SP1? Any information on that would be great.

  • SCCM 2012 SP1 final release date ?

  • There is no way we will look at deploying Windows 8 until System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 is released.

    unfortunately this is yet another nail in the coffin for Enterprise deployment and adoption of Windows 8...  would have thought the different teams in Microsoft could do better and work together on this?

  • What about any support for those customers using System Center Essentials 2010? Is it possible to upgrade to SCCM 2012? What is the path and what are the licensing changes to upgrade to 2012?

  • FEP 2010 Update Rollup 1 is available since 28th june 2011 ???

    www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

    i think that there is a misunderstanding in this article....

  • Amnesiaboy, the phrase "Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 with Update Rollup 1' is probably better read as "Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 with Update Rollup 1 applied".  What we mean is that we will release a post-UR1 update which will add support for the above mentioned operating systems.  The equivalent of what we will do for Configuration Manager 2007 SP2.   This support will not be available for FEP 2010 without UR1 applied.  Does this clarify things?

  • looking for info on searching for a file within a folder. In other words I need all files within a folder that contain 1001 in the name (SP261001, GPS1001, SBM1W11001, etc....) Our office is using Win 8 Enterprise.

  • I just came across this posted and am quite dismayed to learn that SP1 for System Center 2012 (and Configuration Manager specifically) won't be available until early 2013. I'm hoping to aggressively deploy Server 2012, and this really throws a monkey wrench into my plans. I think this is a major oversight!

  • Really looking for information on compatibility between System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 and Windows 8/2012. Less than 2 years ago we implemented SCE 2010 and it fits our needs very well (much better than the kludge that is the entire System Center suite with different consoles, etc.). However, lack of hotfixes, service releases and no announced support for Win 8/2012 makes me think that was the wrong move to make.

  • What about SCE2010?

  • Is there a voice recognition program in windows 8 pro??

  • Really? Looks like Microsoft trying to do too much all at once.

    This is a big fail from Microsoft but I guess that is to be expected.

  • I cannot believe that this isn't going to be released at the same time as Windows 8 & 2012 Server.  Come on Microsoft!  Seriously, we have to wait until 2013 to get this functionality?  

  • we're still waiting for SP1 Microsoft... maybe now that you've fired Sinofsky, we might see more sync across the business units at Microsoft? You have too many examples of out of sync releases and dependancies to expect customer to work with!  eg Server2012 vs SCCM2012 vs SQL2012 compatability fail...

    Nov 12, Steve Balmer:  "To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."