This blog post addresses the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 support questions you’ve been asking about for Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection.
Answer: We are adding support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 in both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (includes Service Pack 1 and R2) 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 R2.
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager:
We will add site server and site system support for the following operating systems:
We will add client support for the following operating systems:
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1:
We will add the following operating systems to our client support matrix with the release of Cumulative Update 3 for Service Pack 1:
Note: Computers with these operating systems will also be able to host a distribution point.
All site system roles - with the exception of site servers and SMS Providers - can be deployed to servers with the following operating system editions:
Note: Limited operating system deployment support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will be provided with the release of Cumulative Update 3 for Service Pack 1. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 is not supported with Service Pack 1; however, all of the standard capture and deployment methods (PXE, boot media, standalone-media, etc.) will be supported with the use of an imported Windows PE 5.0 boot image. Image maintenance actions, such as applying software updates to an OS image or boot image management that require the new Windows ADK will not be supported. Those actions will need to be performed offline on a computer that has the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 installed. Additional documentation will be provided on the manual steps required to perform these actions. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.0 is not supported on Windows Server 2012 R2. This prevents the support of site servers and SMS Providers on Windows Server 2012 R2.
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):
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 version of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Answer: We are adding support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 in both System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (includes Service Pack 1 and R2) and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 with Update Rollup 1 applied. This support and any required updates will be available in the same timeframe as System Center 2012 R2 general availability.
System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection:
We will add support for the following operating systems:
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1:
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 applied:
Note: For FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1 no site systems will be supported on any version of Windows Server 2012 R2.
--The Configuration Manager Team
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Thanks for this information, I hated to go back to Windows Defender ;) on my Windows 8.1 desktop.
Any idea when CU3 will come out? I have IT staff installing 8.1 RTM that will not have SCEP due to this.
I am also wondering when CU3 will be available. I have folks running 8.1 / 2012 R2 RTM that do not have SCEP installed. Thanks!
CU3 is out: support.microsoft.com/.../en-us
Any idea on when we'll have the FEP/SCEP client support Matrix updated?
I'd like to install some 2012 R2 servers, but i need a supported AV solution.
Will Windows 8.1 / Server 2012R2 client support require a hotfix for ConfigManager 2007 SP2, or will the previous hotfix for Windows 8 support suffice? It's a bit confusing.
Any news on this ?
We were expecting this to be released together with Windows 8.1 GA last friday
I had to install KB2865173 in order to get the FEP 2010 client installed on Windows Server 2012 R2. Update Rollup 1 and KB2758685 were not sufficient on Server 2012 R2 Core. I guess it is the same for Windows 8.1.
@Pete Mitchell. There is a separate hotfix for Config Manager 2007 that will add support for Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2. It will be available shortly.
Is there any ETA on this update? Customers are deploying R2 already :-)
@Yvette when does Microsoft have an ETA as to when this hotfix will be released to support 8.1 and 2012R2 in SCCM 2007 R2? Are we talking days, weeks, or months? We were in the process of looking into rolling out 2012 for all new system builds, but would rather use 2012 R2 instead.
@Brad and Jesper. ETA days. Final publishing is only thing remaining.
Why no update to the EndPoint Protection templates in R2 for Operations Manager 2012, SQL Server 2012 and the like? Is EP going the way of Asset Intelligence? #SimpleThings
Yvette you will do us a favor and post a link on this site once the hotfix is released?
@Brad and Jesper. The update for Config Mgr 2007 is public now. support.microsoft.com/.../2861663.