Today at TechED 2013 in New Orleans the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Service Pack 1 Overview WCA-B328 also contained some very need news about the upcoming ConfigMgr 2012 R2 release. Below are the info that I managed to take from a very awesome presentation.

Windows 8.1

  • support for a lightweight ConfigMgr agent (BYOD) scenarios
  • Corp owned devices still have the “full” ConfigMgr agent

Mobile device management with Intune

Some of the key take aways from the session was:

  • Selective wipe
  • New branding options for the portal
  • Company Apps for IOS and Android
  • Software push support for IOS
  • Workplace support

Company ressource access control

enables you to control stuff like:

  • Corporate VPN profiles for various vendors like Cisco, Jupiter, F5 and more
  • Manage WIFI profiles
  • Manage certs
  • Application can trigger a VPN connection

Some of the infrastructure changes

  • You can re-assign clients between ConfigMgr sites in the same hierarchy
  • Restore SQL to different server
  • DP utility monitoring report

Other cool stuff that was mentioned

  • Native 64 bit PowerShell module
  • Limited WinPE 3.1 support
  • RBA for reporting