Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager – Clients for Additional Operating Systems

The Clients for Additional Operating Systems allow you to manage Apple Mac, UNIX and Linux computers using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1

Download and more details: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36212

Overview

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 supports the management of Apple Mac clients. The client for Mac computers allows you to discover, collect inventory, manage settings, and deploy applications and patches using your Configuration Manager environment.

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 also supports the management of UNIX and Linux servers. The clients for UNIX and Linux extends the scope of your Configuration Manager environment to collect inventory, deploy software, and run reports about UNIX and Linux servers in your enterprise. The client operates as a workgroup client that is managed by Configuration Manager.

Mac Client:
The following Mac versions are supported in this release:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

The following scenarios are supported through the Mac client in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1: 

  • Discovery – Discovers Mac OS X system in Active Directory and through network discovery
  • Hardware Inventory – Provides hardware inventory and auditing of computers running Mac OS X, including a list of installed software similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Settings Management – Ensures computers running Mac OS X comply with company policies using scripts and preference list management.
  • Application Deployment – Distributes required software via app model.
  • Software Updates Management – Distributes patches utilizing Software Distribution and Settings management features.

UNIX/Linux Client:
The following UNIX and Linux versions are supported in this release. 

  • RHEL Version 6 (x86 & x64)
  • RHEL Version 5 (x86 & x64)
  • RHEL Version 4 (x86 & x64)
  • Solaris Version 10 (x86 & SPARC)
  • Solaris Version 9 (SPARC)
  • SLES Version 11 (x86 & x64)
  • SLES Version 10 SP1 (x86 & x64)
  • SLES Version 9 (x86)

The following scenarios are supported by the UNIX and Linux clients: 

  • Hardware Inventory – Hardware inventory can be viewed through Resource Explorer and can be used to create collections of UNIX and Linux computers.
  • Software Inventory – Through hardware inventory the list of natively installed software can be gathered from the UNIX and Linux computers – similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Software Distribution – Deploy new software, update existing software and apply OS patches to collections of UNIX/Linux computers (using a package and program). Run arbitrary maintenance scripts on a collection of UNIX/Linux servers.
  • Secure and Authenticated Communications
  • Consolidated Reports

Release History:
Mac Client:
1/3/2013: Client Build Version 5.00.7804.1000 

  • System Center 2012 SP1 RTM version
  • Applicable to Mac OS X 10.6 & Mac OS X 10.7

4/1/2013: Client Build Version 5.00.7804.1202 

  • System Center 2012 SP1 CU1 version
  • Applicable to Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 & 10.8

UNIX/Linux Client:
1/3/2013: Client Build Version* 1.0.0.4008

  • System Center 2012 SP1 RTM version
  • Applicable to all supported versions of RHEL, SLES and Solaris

2/4/2013: Client Build Version* 1.0.0.4014 

  • Includes fix for File Inventory policy processing
  • Applicable to all supported versions of RHEL, SLES and Solaris

Note: The UNIX/Linux Client Build Version can be determined from the filename of the client package tar file. For example in the case of the filename ccm-RHEL6x86.1.0.0.4014.tar, the Client Build Version is 1.0.0.4014.

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Unix

Supported configurations and hardware requirements for Mac: See the Client Requirements for Mac computers section in the Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager topic. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx

Supported configurations and hardware requirements for UNIX/Linux: See the Client Requirements for Linux and UNIX Servers section in the Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager topic. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx 

Supported versions of Configuration Manager: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1

Instructions

Mac Client:

  1. Download the Mac client msi file to a Windows system
  2. Run the msi and it will create a dmg file under the default location “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Mac Client” on the Windows system
  3. Copy the dmg file to a network share or a folder on a Mac computer
  4. Access and open the dmg file on a Mac computer and install the client using instructions in the online documentation.http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj591553.aspx

Unix/Linux Clients:

  1. Download the appropriate file for the UNIX/Linux operating system you wish to manage to a Windows computer
  2. The downloaded file is a self-extracting exe and will extract tar files for the different versions of your operating system.
  3. Copy the install script and the .tar file for your computer’s operating system version to a folder on your UNIX/Linux computer.
  4. Install the client using instructions in the online documentation. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj573939.aspx

About João Carlos Dias

Senior Consultant at InfraHouse P/S
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