System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)
Deploying and managing Windows is easier than ever before with new improvements including the support of the latest Windows 10 features, Windows in-place upgrade, more frequent and easier updates, unified end-user portal, and on-premises mobile device management (MDM).
Through integration with Microsoft Intune, you can extend your System Center Configuration Manager to manage PCs, Macs, and Unix/Linux servers along with cloud-based mobile devices running Windows, iOS, and Android, all from a single management console.
Along with OSD, ConfigMgr offers so much more: hardware and software inventory, patch management using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and detailed reporting capabilities allowing you to follow every step of an OSD. ConfigMgr also scales great to any size organization regardless of the number of offices or geographical disbursement. On the down side, ConfigMgr can be difficult to install and set up correctly – the Active Directory schema must be extended, SQL Server is required, and there are multiple site server roles to be configured. If you're new to ConfigMgr, find a class taught by a reputable source and learn the ins and outs of installation and configuration to avoid making costly mistakes that can waste valuable time. Performing OSD deployments requires Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010, and MDT 2010 requires Windows AIK for Windows 7, so integration is a must. You can also choose to integrate Windows Deployment Services (WDS) for its multicasting functionality. WDS offers the ability to send an OS image to multiple computers at the same time instead of unicast traffic which puts a much larger burden on your server.
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