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Update to SCCM 2012 Provides Improved Services

The University is moving from SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012 this fall. SCCM is the Active Directory service that allows us to provide operating system and software upgrades to workstations. SCCM 2012 provides a more reliable client for the workstation, fully supports Windows 8 workstations, and allows us to customize patching and reboot windows.

The University Office of Information Technology (OIT) will be reducing support for SCCM 2007 on Sept 1, 2013, and eliminating the service entirely by the end of the year. After successfully testing the process on ITSS workstations, we completed a phased migration of the remaining workstations on campus during August.

How were workstations migrated to SCCM 2012?

The migration was completed entirely by our SCCM administrators through the server, requiring no intervention on the part of the users or IT technical support staff. After a workstation is migrated, it automatically receives the SCCM 2012 policy on the next restart.

What will be different?

Users will notice two differences once migrated to SCCM 2012:
  • The "Run Advertised Programs" feature has been replaced by a new, more user-friendly application called "Software Center". It is located under Programs - Microsoft System Center 2012. For details consult AD: Installing Software.
  • The reboot window for patches and upgrades has been extended from 4 hours to 10 hours.