Configuration Manager takes a user-centric approach to application delivery that allows administrators to create one application that can be delivered to all of a user’s devices. It evaluates device and network capabilities and optimizes delivery, whether through a local installation, streaming through App-V, or via a presentation server such as the Remote Desktop Services RemoteApp capability or Citrix XenApp
Integration with Microsoft Intune provides a single administrative console for managing policies and comprehensive asset and compliance reporting across PCs as well as mobile devices, including Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.
Configuration Manager reduces the complexity and cost of implementing virtual environments by providing a single, unified tool to manage all your client desktops, thin clients, mobile devices, and virtual desktops.
Configuration Manager serves as the infrastructure for System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection. It delivers a single solution for malware protection, identification, and remediation of vulnerabilities, while giving visibility into non-compliant systems.
You can create a baseline for “desired configuration state” and ensure that all devices comply through auto remediation or alerts. Configuration Manager also integrates with System Center Service Manager to automatically create incidents on baseline drift.
Configuration Manager simplifies the complex task of delivering and managing updates to IT systems across the enterprise. IT administrators can deliver updates of Microsoft products, third-party applications, hardware drivers, and system BIOS to a variety of devices, including desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices.
Get more out of your energy-saving hardware with a comprehensive set of centralized client power management tools. Configuration Manager works with the capabilities built into your Windows operating system to help you optimize power settings at a granular level.
Configuration Manager distributes operating systems to physical desktops, servers, laptops, and mobile devices across enterprise networks and eliminates the inefficiencies and errors associated with manually installing applications.
Administrators can have continuous visibility into hardware and software assets and usage. Asset Intelligence translates inventory data into information, providing rich reports that help administrators with software purchasing decisions, upgrade plans, and license reporting.
Configuration Manager can inventory hardware and software in your organization to help give you a view into what resources you have. With the R2 release, you can enable custom hardware inventory more easily and extend the inventory schema.
Consider a scenario, where you have received a set of new hardware for which you do not know the MAC Addresses. You have to install OS in these computers. In such cases, you need to change the boot sequence in all the computers (manually) into ManageEngine environment using ManageEngine bootable media or ManageEngine PXE (PrebooteXecution Environment) Server and then deploy the image that has been created. The deployment configurations can be either set in the deployment templates or can be configured manually while deploying the image.
Event-Driven Deployment is ideally suited in cases where you need to deploy OS to multiple systems simultaneously and yet control the bandwidth during deployment. Administrators can configure to start the deployment when the predefined computers are ready for deployment after which the OS image is multicast to all the target computers. Optionally, administrators can also set a time-out period after which the deployment will begin irrespective of whether the predefined number is reached or not.
Scheduled Deployment is ideal for situations where you need to deploy OS to multiple systems with known list of MAC Addresses. For example, if you have received a consignment of 100 new computers along with its MAC Addresses for which a nightly deployment is needed, you can schedule the deployment by specifying the list of MAC Addresses. OS Deployer will power on the computers using the Wake On LAN functionality and deploy the image at the scheduled time.
The administrator creates a set of deployment templates that meet the organization’s needs and assigns to each template a name that can be easily understood by a user. The administrator creates bootable media or a PXE package containing the set of templates and switches on the custom deployment mode. Users that need to re-deploy their computers boot the computers from bootable media or PXE and select the template by name from the boot menu. The deployment starts immediately and proceeds independently on each computer.
Standalone Deployment is a deployment on a computers that is not in the network or, in other words, that cannot be reached from the ManageEngine OS Deploy Server. Standalone deployment is performed locally using the bootable ManageEngine Standalone Utility.