Microsoft is currently building the update to System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr07) 2007 titled Service Pack 2. The ConfgMgr Technology Adoption Program (TAP) team is pleased to announce that we are now soliciting participation in the System Center Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 Product Validation program.
ConfigMgr07 SP2 will include new OS support along with improving on the Intel AMT integration.
New Operating System Support
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008 SP2
- Windows Vista SP2
*Branch Cache a new Windows and Windows Server 2008 R2 feature for peer to peer content distribution will be supported
(Intel) Active Management Technology Integration – Version 2
Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 will improve on the Intel AMT (iAMT) integration provided in Service Pack 1. SP2 will add full feature support for computers that have the Intel vPro chip set and iAMT firmware versions 4 & 5. In addition to providing feature parity with SP1 and iAMT firmware versions 3.2.1, 4.0 and 5.0, support for the below new features are being added:
OOB Wireless Management: Wireless Profile Management (mobile ONLY)
- Provide configuration of up to eight (8) wireless profiles per site that are available to AMT clients assigned to that site
- Set the wireless information during AMT provisioning and configure all required profile settings (SSID, key management, encryption, etc.)
- Send wireless profile operations to the Intel translator on AMT systems with revisions earlier than 3.2.1
End Point Access Control: 802.1x support
- Provision 802.1x settings on AMT wireless clients during AMT provisioning
- Send 802.1x settings operations to the Intel translator on AMT systems with revisions earlier than 3.2.1
Persistent Data Storage: Non Volatile Memory or Third Party Data Store (3PDS)
- Write string data into 3PDS on AMT through OOB management console
Access Monitor: Audit Log
- Enable or Disable Audit Log (no critical event settings)
- View Audit Log through OOB Console
Remote Power Management: Power State Configuration
- Enable configuration of the power policy settings and include in provisioning settings when provisioning an AMT system
This program is designed to provide collaboration with your company and Microsoft. The purpose is to validate through lab testing and the deployment of pre-release builds. Your company will have the opportunity to provide design and performance feedback for the product. You can do this through the reporting of bugs and submission of Design Change Requests (DCRs), as well as provide general feedback for product group consideration. This program will provide customers with support from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager product group, as well as 24×7 support for production deployment issues. The program starts soon and finishes by the end of the calendar year 2009.
All participants must:
- Prior to program participation, have a signed TAP Agreement and System Center Configuration Manager SP2 Program Description on file with Microsoft. If you do not have a Master TAP Agreement with Microsoft currently, please work with your Technical Account Manager, Account TS, or other Microsoft representative to get one completed.
- Commit to providing resources for the duration of the program
- Commit to timely response of survey and feedback requests from Microsoft
- Agree to participate in some form of public relations activities as identified in the TAP agreement and the System Center Configuration Manager SP2 Program description
- Have a Microsoft Premier Support contract which includes a Microsoft Technical Account Manager resource
- Provide a project plan for deployment
- Deploy each milestone build of pre-release System Center Configuration Manager Sp2 into your production environment within 14 days of availability
- Meet the following deployment goals:
- Beta – 500 or more clients installed and actively managed by the product
- RC – 2,000 or more clients installed and actively managed by the product.
All participants receive:
- The opportunity to shape this update to Configuration Manager 2007 through direct feedback to Microsoft
- Regularly scheduled conference calls with a member of the System Center Configuration Manager Team. Discussions will include deployment planning, feedback, feature review presentations from members of the System Center Configuration Manager Product Group, and other customer driven topics
- Production certified pre-release builds as well as exclusive access to interim lab-only builds of the product
- Web-based bug reporting and priority bug resolution
- Support and deployment guidance from the System Center Configuration Manager Product Group, as well as 24×7 support from Microsoft Beta Customer Support Services for production deployment issues
- A dedicated Program Manager contact in the System Center Configuration Manager Product Group
- A head start in the next deployment cycle, taking advantage of new and enhanced features available in System Center Configuration Manager SP2
- Potential onsite visits by members of the Product Group in order to help with production deployment and feedback.
A short nomination survey is located here:
The number of available slots in the program is limited. The selection is based on a broad set of criteria and not solely on a customer’s commitment to fulfill program requirements.
Prioritization will be given to organizations that meet one or more of the following profiles:
- Are currently in the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 TAP, *and* have Configuration Manager 2007 deployed
- Have participated in the Configuration Manager 2007 TAP and are significantly deployed with Configuration Manager in production
- Have participated in previous SMS or Configuration Manager 2007 TAP and are significantly deployed with Configuration Manager in production
- Have Intel AMT hardware deployed in production *and* have Configuration Manager 2007 deployed.
- Are using Configuration Manager Operating System Deployment (OSD) and have a business need to deploy Windows 7 using OSD.
Program Timetable (all dates are estimates and subject to change)
Initial Nomination period
Submission of System Center Configuration Manager SP2 Nomination Surveys by or on behalf of interested customers.
Customers selected for the program are notified and given information regarding initial participation.
April / May 2009
Online information sessions and conference calls to get familiar with feature set and initiate planning
Deployment in production environment. Product validation and feedback submitted.
More extensive deployment in production environment. Product validation and feedback submitted.
Win7 plus 90 days
Release to Manufacturing
Upgrade to released build and enterprise-wide deployment.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have regarding this communication or the nomination process.
The System Center Configuration Manager Technology Adoption Program team