Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Microsoft System Center and Windows versions coming!

This is a great year again because of new Microsoft System Center and Windows versions coming soon. Let's have a look at some big announcements so far! It's really a hugh list this time.

ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP2 is first in line, which contains Cumulative Update (CU) 1-4 and even more hopefully. It will be released probably around Microsoft Ignite which is held in Chicago in May. There will be an update also to support Windows 10 deployment, upgrade and management with existing ConfigMgr features.
Source: WindowsITPro.com

Windows 10 is expected in September this year. A new Preview version is expected probably around Microsoft Build which is held in San Francisco in April/May. Windows 10 may be the best OS since Windows 7 finally! Windows 10: One product family, One platform, One store. Love it! Update: Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages already.
Source: Blogging Windows

Windows 10 ADK, which is needed to deploy Windows OS to new computers, will be released around Windows 10. A Preview version can be downloaded already: Download Center
Note: Before you even try, this version is NOT compatible with MDT 2013 (6.2.5019.0) or ConfigMgr 2012 R2.
Source: Deployment Research

Windows Server 'vnext' (2016) is expected in H1 next year. Because of strong focus on Cloud (Azure), expect more integration on that part. The Windows Server Technical Preview can be downloaded here: Windows Server Evaluations
At this technical preview milestone, many of the features and scenarios of Windows 10 and Windows Server are still in development and are not intended for broad production roll out.

The System Center Technical Preview delivers unified management across on-premises, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments, thereby enabling the Microsoft Cloud OS. You need to be running Windows Server Technical Preview and Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Expect a final release somewhere in 2015.
Download: TechNet Evaluation Center
Source: The System Center Team Blog

The next version of ConfigMgr will deliver full support for client deployment, upgrade, and management of Windows 10 and associated updates. The next version of ConfigMgr, will ship in a timeframe that aligns with Windows. Microsoft has decided not to ship a ConfigMgr preview at this time, and will do so in H1 CY15.
Source: System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog
Source: Server & Cloud Blog

Office 365: Since last week built-in mobile device management (MDM) is available for Office 365 commercial plans. With MDM for Office 365, you can manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, without the need for Microsoft Intune.
Source: Feature Comparison with MDM for Office 365

Microsoft Intune: In addition, as Windows 10 delivers advanced mobile device management (MDM) to support evolving enterprise requirements, Intune will provide the leading mobile-first, cloud-first management capabilities for Windows 10.
Source: System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog

Office 2016 for Windows and Mac has been in private preview for several months, though anyone could request access if they were so inclined. Microsoft has expanded the program in March to it's commercial Office 365 customers, interested in testing the upcoming release. The reason today’s Skype technical preview is tied to Office 2016 is simple: Skype for Business will be part of the suite! Office 2016 will be launching in the second half of this year.
Download: Microsoft Connect
Source: Office Blogs & VentureBeat

Can't wait to install the bits later this year! Life is good :-)

More blogposts on this topic:
My personal experience with Windows 10 Technical Preview
Feature Comparison with MDM for Office 365

1 comment:

  1. Excellent tips. Really useful stuff .Never had an idea about this, will look for more of such informative posts from your side.. Good job...Keep it up. I will be waiting for more information on next microsoft office release.