We were pleased to announced on Monday, June 11th at TechEd North America, Garth Fort announced two key release milestones that will extend Microsoft's client management and security technologies to heterogeneous platforms. 

 

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection SP1 Community Technology Preview:  Early release features support for client management of Windows 8, Mac OS, Linux and Unix operating systems.

  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Client for Mac and Linux:  New anti-malware protection functionality for unmanaged desktops and servers running Mac or Linux operating systems.

 These releases will provide organizations with a single infrastructure to manage Windows, Macs, and Linux/Unix servers. 

Below are the details on the capabilities:

 

Windows 8

Customers who download the Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection 2012 SP1 CTP can test out new management support for Windows 8.  One of the great new features of the Windows 8 platform is Metro-style apps, and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 allows you to deploy and update these applications alongside your existing native and virtual applications.  It will also allow you to manage policies for new Windows 8 client-side caching, roaming user profile, and folder redirection features.  For mobile workers, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CTP includes the new ability to detect 3G and 4G network connections to prevent delivering software at a time when data charges may apply. 

 

Mac OS X

To help pull Mac OS X desktops under IT control, Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CTP enables network discovery, along with hardware and software inventory capabilities.  It also allows to you manage policy settings and distribute software and patches. 

 

To secure these clients, Endpoint Protection 2012 Client for Mac provides antimalware detection and remediation of viruses.  It also offers real-time analysis of new content arriving on the Mac client, and the ability to scheduled disk scanning. 

  

Linux

For Linux (and Unix) Servers, Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CTP provides hardware inventory, software inventory, and the ability to deploy and update software.  It also provides secure and authenticated communications to the Linux (and Unix) servers, along with consolidated reporting capabilities. 

 

For security, Endpoint Protection 2012 Client for Linux provides the same antimalware and content scanning as its Mac counterpart, along with a System Center Operations Management pack that can remotely monitor and control a group of Linux servers.  For example, the management pack could alert administrators to outbreaks or allow them to remotely stop and start protection services on the managed set of machines.

 

We encourage our customers and partners to download these new releases when they become available.  Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CTP will be available for evaluation on the Download Center.  System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Client for Mac and Linux will be available to all Endpoint Protection customers on the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).