Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (“ConfigMgr” or “SCCM”) has been well received by organizations of all types and sizes around the world. Its predecessor, 2007 went EOL in June, and many of the organizations that 1E works with have moved to 2012, are moving to it, or have imminent plans to do so. If you are preparing to upgrade or are in the midst of such a project, this is the ideal time to expedite your project, minimize your costs, and maximize the benefits from SCCM. If you’ve already made the move, you can build on the lessons you’ve learned to make your SCCM implementation even better.
Based on 1E’s many years of experience as Microsoft’s premier SCCM partner, our white paper, How to Get the Most From Your Microsoft ConfigMgr 2012 Migration, provides you with a wide variety of ideas and options to maximize the return your organization is getting from your SCCM investment. You can consider implementing these ideas yourself, and where appropriate talk with 1E about how we can help.
This white paper suggests options such as:
- Use industry best practices when using the key SCCM 2012 features
- Keep your SCCM hierarchy as simple as possible (especially since SP1’s availability) – you can add a Central Administration Site (CAS) or other primaries later if business developments require them
- Flatten your server infrastructure and cut on-going running costs
- Consider the Intune integration option so that you can manage consumer-oriented devices in addition to Windows computers (as well as Macintosh and Linux)
- PowerShell support brings a new level of customization and control
In 2012 1E consultants took a deep dive into SCCM and published their tips for success. Those original observations proved to be very helpful and popular so we were pleased to update them in 2013 for Service Pack 1 (SP1). Later in this document you will find updates to the changes that were made in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and the changed environment ConfigMgr now serves.
If you happen to be in the SCCM 2012 upgrade planning phase, take a look at these other resources available from 1E at our solution page, https://www.1e.com/sccm-2012-migration/.