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Microsoft details SCCM SP1, new Intune version, September patches

Jeremy Stanley, Associate Site Editor and Toni Boger, Assistant Site Editor

Two important fixes in lightest Patch Tuesday of the year

Microsoft gave administrators a break in September with just two, non-critical bulletins in the company's monthly security update.

The two fixes, which are for older, unused products such as System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server SP1, could result in an elevation of privilege for an attacker.

Time normally spent applying patches should instead be used to prepare and test for the

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certificate change that was introduced in June, said Angela Gunn, senior marketing communications manager for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing

September is an uncharacteristically slow month; this year March and April were tied for the previous low of bulletins at six.

Microsoft details System Center Configuration Manger 2012 SP1 beta

The beta version of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, which Microsoft made available for download this week, will move both endpoint management systems to work through the Configuration Manager's administration console.

The team discussed the planned interoperability in a blog post. 

Customers should expect System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and the new version of Intune to be available early next year.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will be deployed and managed in the beta.  It will also support the deployment and management of Windows to Go USB drives and the automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support.

A new feature available in SP1 Beta includes 3G and 4G network detection to stop software delivery when data charges might apply.

New version of Intune will manage Windows Phone 8, Windows RT devices

The new version of Windows Intune management will work through the cloud in conjunction with SP1 Beta.

In the new version, mobile devices can be added to the cloud and be managed in the Configuration Manager.  Intune will also manage the Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT devices.

Licensing changes will come with the new Intune version. Changes include having five managed devices covered per user license and users may choose if the devices will be managed by Intune, Configuration Manager or both. 

Admins looking to purchase Intune may also do so at a reduced price if they already have licenses for System Center 2012.


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