I was trying to search for some new capabilities of SCCM, I contacted Microsoft and got the following information from them.
Some capabilities you need to know:
SCCM Out Of the Box (Native)
Network Devices ( Routers, Switches, any TCP/IP device)
Discovery using Network Discovery: Please review the limitation by reading this article
More information about Network Discovery in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
with SP1, as per this Article Solaris 9 and 10 are supported but till now there is no a final list of supported Linux & Unix OS.
Positioning SCCM in the Market:
I would like to mention Microsoft is the Leader in Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools.
What Gartner Wrote about SCCM:
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigManager) is the dominant product in the market; it holds more than half of the market’s installed base. Microsoft continues to make ConfigManager financially attractive by including the client management licenses (MLs) in the Microsoft Core CAL and Enterprise CAL Suites, bundling ConfigManager with related products such as ForeFront Endpoint Protection and Service Manager. Microsoft will release ConfigManager 2012 in the first half of 2012. ConfigManager has never been a best-of-breed product, but the 2012 release narrows the gap between it and competitive products.
First, the complexity of the ConfigManager infrastructure is reduced in the 2012 version through the introduction of role-based access controls and other capabilities that reduce the amount of traffic required to travel the network. The new version also requires less scripting to execute common tasks. Finally, ConfigManager moved to a more context-aware model. The tool now delivers applications to users, and will present different applications and use different delivery models based on user context (e.g., if they are using their primary laptop or using a terminal server session). This model requires significant changes to IT processes around software licensing and software delivery, so uptake among early adopters of this feature has been low. Microsoft also released Intune, a separate SaaS-based client management product, but Gartner has seen little uptake of the product at this point. Intune will be appropriate for small to midsize organizations that have basic requirements, but organizations that require full life cycle management and customization should continue to use ConfigManager.
1. ConfigManager ‘s integration with App-V is tight. The App-V client can pull App-V applications from ConfigManager distribution points on an on-demand basis.
2. Microsoft has developed tight integration with products in important companion areas — for example, System Center Service Manager and Forefront Endpoint Protection.
3. Because of Microsoft’s large installed base, there is much more knowledge of ConfigManager in the industry than of competitive products; it’s easier to find consultants, contractors, IT personnel and active user communities for ConfigManager than for other products.
1. While ConfigManager 2012 will provide lightweight mobile device management through Exchange ActiveSync, many organizations will opt for third-party MDM products, or will select alternative client management vendors that offer more comprehensive capabilities.
2. ConfigManager does not support Mac OSX or Linux desktop. (Review what is new in SP1?)
3. While the product has been simplified, ConfigManager is still complex; it requires deep expertise to implement and use successfully.
What is New in SP1 for System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager 2012:
There are a lot of changes will be included in Microsoft System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager:
One of the most significant changes is support for Windows 8. Configuration Manager SP1 supports Windows 8 in the following ways:
1. You can install the Configuration Manager client on Windows 8 computers and deploy Windows 8 to new computers or to upgrade previous client operating versions. Configuration Manager also supports Windows To Go.
2. Configuration Manager supports Windows 8 features, such as metered Internet connections and Always On Always Connected.
3. You can configure user data and profiles configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles.
4. You can configure new deployment types for Windows 8 applications, which support standalone applications (.appx files) and links to the Windows Store.
Other significant changes include the following:
1. Support for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012.
2. Clients are now supported on Mac computers, and on Linux and UNIX servers.
3. Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available to automate Configuration Manager Operations by using Windows PowerShell scripts.
4. Support for cloud services, including a new distribution point for Windows Azure.
5. More flexible hierarchy management with support to expand a stand-alone primary site into a hierarchy that includes a new central administration site, and the migration of a Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy to another Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy.
6. Support for multiple software update points for a site to provide automatic redundancy for clients in the same way as you can configure multiple management points.
7. Client notification to initiate some client operations from the Configuration Manager console, which include downloading computer policy and initiating a malware scan to be performed as soon as possible, instead of during the normal client policy polling interval.
8. Support for virtual environments that allow multiple virtual applications to share file system and registry information instead of running in an isolated space.
9. Email alert subscriptions are now supported for all features, not just Endpoint Protection.