New UR’s for SC 2012 R2 & SP1, Updated Exchange 13 MP & more

Wow another exciting day for Microsoft and specifically System Center! Microsoft is moving at a fast pace and doing some cool things. There were several announcements today. These included:

Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2

http://aka.ms/yktkfk

App Controller is not included in this. I am not surprised by this. Configuration Manager and Orchestrator do not have any fixes or new features either. The rest include:

Service Manager
Data Protection Manager
Operations Manager
Service Provider Foundation
Virtual Machine Manager
Service Reporting
Windows Azure Pack
Windows Azure Pack Web Sites Version 2

It is interesting to see Windows Azure Pack included with the System Center update rollup. Also DPM has been getting a lot of love from the DPM team at Microsoft. Again we not only see new fixes but we also see new features. We see DPM now supporting SQL Server 2014 protection, a simplified process to enable online backup to Azure with several clicks vs. the somewhat complex process from before.

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2991990

Updated Exchange 2013 Management Pack for SCOM 2012 R2 UR! Microsoft updated this MP from the previous one. This update brings many new views and dashboards with tons of data about your on-premises Exchange 2013 environment. Here is the link and some screenshots of the dashboards and views:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39039

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MDM in Office 365 powered by Intune!

Microsoft also announced that MDM will be coming to Office 365 in the future. Here is a blog with more details around this:

http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/28/introducing-built-mobile-device-management-office-365/

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