Improvements in ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and 2012 R2 SP1

Improvements in ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and 2012 R2 SP1

The list of improvements in ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and 2012 R2 SP1 as presented at Microsoft Ignite 2015.

Grab the original slide deck here.

OS Distribution

  • Support for Windows 10 OS deployments
    • Setup prerequisite is still Windows 8.1 ADK but it supports Windows 10 ADK
  • Improvements to driver management UI
  • Ability to notify IT admin before implementing a potentially risky task sequence OS deployment
  • Added task sequence resiliency during software update restarts
  • Improved consistency of Smsts logging so that events are fully tracked throughout the deployment
  • Role-based access for standalone media
  • Enhanced audit messages (Clearing a PXE flag on a collection, audit status message with ID 30,000 is not generated if a Task Sequence is created and the console user is “Operating System Deployment Manager”)
  • “OS Installer Package” renamed to “OS Upgrade Packages”
  • Increased task sequence media supports >32GB USB

Resource Access

  • Support for multiple NDES servers per certificate profile

Application Management

  • Support for Windows 10 app deployments
  • Fixed issues with app model supersedence
  • Faster virtual app (App-V) publishing at first logon for non-persistent VDI environments

Content Management

  • Improved data-transfer reliability for slow and latent networks
    • New checkpoint restart functionality between site servers and remote distribution points (DPs)
    • New checkpoint restart with failover functionality between source DPs and Pull DPs
  • Improved Pull DP scale and performance
  • Ability to define HTTPS configured source DPs for Pull DPs via the management console
  • Added start/end date for “distribution point usage summary” report and bug fixes


  • Added client auto-upgrade option to exclude servers
  • Improved management point (MP) rotation logic so when a client gets a new MP list, the client doesn’t arbitrarily choose a new MP
  • Improved preferred MP list logic so clients get MP list ordered with MPs in a boundary group at the top of the list
  • Native support for SQL Server 2014
  • Increased hierarchy scale to 600K
  • Increased standalone primary site scale to 150K with WSUS optimizations
    • Scale limit remains at 100K when attached to Central Administration Site (CAS)
  • Increased secondary site scale to support up to 10K clients

Hybrid Features for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Integrated with Intune

Conditional access policy

  • Restrict access to Exchange on-premises email only if the device is managed
  • Restrict access to Exchange Online only if the device is managed and compliant (Extension released to add support for Exchange Online in March 2015)
  • Restrict access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business only if the device is managed and compliant

Mobile Application Management

  • Managed Office mobile apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote
  • App Wrapping Tool for existing iOS line-of-business apps
  • Managed Browser for iOS and Android devices
  • PDF Viewer, AV Player, and Image Viewer for iOS (in web viewer) and Android devices

Configuration Policies and Resource Access

  • Deployment of certificates in .pfx format (Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) not required)
  • Device lockdown via supervised iOS devices and Assigned Access for Windows Phone 8.1
  • Application install allow/deny list
  • Support for custom policies for iOS devices
  • Deployment of email profiles for Android devices using Samsung KNOX
  • Deployment of VPN profiles for Android devices
  • Passcode reset and remote device lock for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices

Ongoing Support for Device Platforms

  • Support for Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
  • Support for Samsung KNOX Standard
  • Push free store apps to iOS devices
  • Convenient access to internal corporate resources via per-app VPN configurations for iOS