Upcoming features in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 & Windows Intune

Saw one of the video from TechEd US 2013 and found the following Updates and New Features for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 were mentioned: 

What’s new in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

  • Cumulative Updates will be released quarterly
  • SQL Collation remains the same during installation
  • Reassign Site feature possible for multiple sites scenarios
  • Multiple network access accounts per site are supported for untrusted forests
  • More detailed message in Console/Report
  • New report – Distribution Point usage (clients accessed, requests process, bytes send)
  • With Pull Distribution Points you can save bandwidth during synchronizing
  • Upgrade to R2 is possible only from ConfigMgr SP1 with Windows ADK 8.1
  • Windows 2012 R2 and 8.1 support, VHD management, MDT integration
  • Native integration of some MDT actions by default, without MDT integration needed: MDT validate action, MDT gather action, Set PowerShell execution policy actions
  • Two new software updates templates for patch Tuesday and definition updates
  • Enrolment UI for MAC computers, no command line needed anymore

Deploying and Managing Windows 8.1 with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

  • Resultant client settings in console when having multiple policies  (RSOP)
  • Minimum of Windows Server 2008 R2 OS is needed
  • No support for Windows XP in Windows ADK 8.0 & 8.1 anymore
  • Support for Windows PE 3.1 boot images above of Windows ADK 8.1
  • Surface Pro driver pack, OSD guide for MDT and CM available

Unified Device Management: ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Integrated with Windows Intune  

  • Windows Intune, less than 7000 devices and 4000 users supported
  • Choice between Company-owned or Personal-owned to decide management; Personal devices, inventory of deployed apps only; Corporate devices, inventory of all apps possible (exception for Apple)
  • Unified Modern Device Management is the new name for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 integrated with Intune
  • Windows Intune can be used standalone as usual or integrated in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 to support more devices & users
  • There will be a native company portal app for Windows, iOS and Android in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with Intune integration
  • Registering and Enrolling devices with Workplace Join and Windows Intune through the cloud
  • VPN profile management, Wi-Fi support and Certificate management
  • New site role, certificate registration point
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