Desired Configuration Management (dubbed Compliance and Settings Management in the latest incarnation) is maybe the most often ignored feature of ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012 extends the desired configuration management feature to remediate systems out of compliance. Between this and the improvements around ease-of-use, I think we’re going to see a major expansion of use in private cloud and data center scenarios for monitoring and enforcing compliance in both the cloud fabric and virtualized services.
But the Solution Accelerator team has remained diligent in releasing new Configuration Packs for the current platform. This earlier today via email….
“Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs are now available for download. These DCM packs will help simplify server configuration and complexity, while providing guidance and centralized compliance reporting. These System Center Configuration Manager 2007 packs each provide a set of baselines for the Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Configuration Pack derived from Microsoft Best Practices. Each Configuration Pack provides an ideal way to configure server roles, according to expert software engineers. Following these best practices DCM packs will result in server configurations with better performance, more reliability, and decreased security risks. “
Download the following DCM packs now:
- Exchange Server 2010 SP1
- SharePoint Server 2007 SP3
- SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
- DHCP Role for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- IIS Role for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- Remote Desktop Services Role for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Upcoming DCM / Settings and Configuration Management Webcast
MS has a webcast coming on the topic in January 2012. Register at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032501403&Culture=en-US