You are planning to install a Configuration Manager 2012 environment within your organization? That is great news. If you are like most organizations, you already have an earlier version of Configuration Manager in your enterprise. Given that, I wanted to take the time to explain some important changes in the hierarchy design. (For those that don’t have an earlier version, we have great documentation to help you plan your hierarchy from scratch at Getting Started with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager).
Configuration Manager 2012 infrastructure requirements are dramatically different than previous versions. There is much less infrastructure involved in a Configuration Manager 2012 implementation, which is great! But it does require changing how you approach hierarchy design. The good news is that you don’t need to throw out your old designs and your requirements won’t vary greatly. It is how you satisfy those requirements that will change.
The biggest changes to hierarchy design are covered in What’s New in Configuration Manager, but I’ve called out the most important ones below:
No more primary site server reporting to primary site servers. See my blog on primary sites in ConfigMgr 2012. This is one of the biggest concepts to understand.
The standard systems architecture approach you previously used for determining management of clients in the enterprise is still valuable. You just need fewer pieces of infrastructure in ConfigMgr 2012 to support the same requirements. The primary resources you need for your system architecture can be found in:
With these resources and more found online in our blogs, documentation, and how-to videos, you will quickly be able to learn what assets you have to architect a robust Configuration Manager 2012 infrastructure.
D.C. Tardy Senior Program Manager System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
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