Review the following sections for some frequently asked questions about System Center 2012 Configuration Manager:
Configuration Manager Console and Collections
- Security and
- Client Deployment and
The Configuration Manager Console and Collections
The following frequently asked questions relate to the Configuration Manager console and collections.
Does the Configuration Manager console support a 64-bit operating system?
What is a limiting collection and why would I use it?
Can I include or exclude the members of another collection from my collection?
Are incremental updates supported for all collection types?
What is the All Unknown Computers collection?
Why does Install Client from the ribbon install the client to the whole collection when I’ve selected a single computer but installs to the selected computer only if I right-click the computer and then select Install Client?
How can I create a collection that contains only Mac computers, or only Linux servers?
How can I create a collection of Windows 8 computers that are Always On Always Connected capable?
Why does the Configuration Manager console use HTTP to the Internet and what would stop working if this is blocked by my firewall?
How can I increase the number of search results in the Configuration Manager console?
When I search folders, how can I automatically include subfolders in the search?
Sites and Hierarchies
The following frequently asked questions relate to sites and hierarchies in Configuration Manager.
Are there new Active Directory schema extensions for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Where is the documentation for Setup?
Can I upgrade a prerelease version of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to the released version?
Can I manage SMS 2003 clients with System Center 2012 Configuration Manageror migrate SMS 2003 sites and clients to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Can I upgrade an evaluation version of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Have the site types changed from Configuration Manager 2007?
Can I join a pre-existing site to another site in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Why can’t I install a primary site as a child of another primary site as I did in Configuration Manager 2007?
Why does Configuration Manager require SQL Server for my secondary site?
What is database replication?
How can I monitor and troubleshoot replication in Configuration Manager?
What is Active Directory forest discovery?
Can I provide clients with unique client agent configurations without installing additional sites?
Can a site or hierarchy span multiple Active Directory forests?
To support computers in an untrusted forest, do I have to create a new primary site and configure a two-way forest trust?
How do clients find management points and has this changed since Configuration Manager 2007?
How do I configure my sites for native-mode?
Where are the supported scenarios and network diagrams for Internet-based client management that you had for Configuration Manager 2007?
Do I have to configure my site for Internet-based client management before I can use cloud-based distribution points in Configuration Manager SP1?
Why isn’t the site system role that I want available in the Add Site System Roles Wizard?
Where do I configure the Network Access Account?
What High Availability does Configuration Manager have?
The following frequently asked questions relate to migrating Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
What versions of Configuration Manager, or Systems Management Server are supported for migration?
Can I use Configuration Manager SP1 to migrate my existing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy with no service pack to a new Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy?
Why can’t I upgrade my existing Configuration Manager 2007 sites to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager sites?
Do I have to migrate my entire Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy or System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy at one time?
After I migrate software and packages from a Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy, do I have to use the new application model?
Why can’t I migrate inventory history or compliance data for my clients?
Why must I assign a site in my new hierarchy as a content owner for migrated content?
What are shared distribution points and why can’t I use them after migration has finished?
How can I avoid redistributing content that I migrate to a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy?
Can I perform an in-place upgrade of a Configuration Manager 2007 distribution point (including a branch distribution point) to a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager distribution point?
Can I perform an in-place upgrade of a Configuration Manager 2007 secondary site to a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager distribution point?
What happens to the content when I upgrade a Configuration Manager 2007 secondary site or distribution point to a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager distribution point?
Can I combine more than one Configuration Manager 2007 or System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy in a single System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy?
What Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy can I use as a source hierarchy?
What objects can I migrate?
Can I migrate maintenance windows?
Will advertisements rerun after they are migrated?
Security and Role-Based Administration
The following frequently asked questions relate to security and role-based administration in Configuration Manager.
Where is the documentation for role-based administration?
What is the minimum I have to configure if I don’t want to use role-based administration while I’m testing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
How can I partition security with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Should I use security groups or user accounts to specify administrative users?
Can I deny access to objects and collections by using role-based administration?
How do I find which object types can be assigned to security roles?
Can I use security scopes to restrict which distribution points are shown in the Distribution Status node in the Monitoring workspace?
Client Deployment and Operations
The following frequently asked questions relate to deploying and managing clients on computers and mobile devices in Configuration Manager.
Does System Center 2012 Configuration Manager support the same client installation methods as Configuration Manager 2007?
What’s the minimum permission an administrative user requires for the Client Push Installation Wizard?
What’s the difference between upgrading clients by using the supplied package definition file and a package and program, and using automatic client upgrade that also uses a package and program?
Do references to “devices” in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager mean mobile devices?
How does System Center 2012 Configuration Manager support clients in a VDI environment?
Why might there be differences between a client’s assigned, installed, and resident site values when I look at the client properties in the Configuration Manager console?
Is it true that System Center 2012 Configuration Manager has a new client health solution?
How do I find out what client health checks Configuration Manager makes and can I add my own?
What improvements have you made for Internet-based client management?
What is the difference between Internet-based client management and DirectAccess?
Can I install the Configuration Manager client on my Windows Embedded devices that have very small disks?
Where can I find information about managing vPro computers?
I want to move my Intel AMT-based computers that I provisioned with Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Can I use the same Active Directory security group, OU, and web server certificate template?
Is there a limit to the number of certificate templates that I can use with certificate profiles?
Do I really need Windows Server 2012 R2 to deploy certificate profiles?
How can I tell which collections of computers have a power plan applied?
Does wake-up proxy have its own service?
Does disabling the wake-up proxy client setting remove or just stop the wake-up proxy service on clients?
Why does my first connection attempt for Remote Desktop always fail to a sleeping a computer when I use wake-up proxy?
Why don’t clients run scheduled activities such as inventory, software updates, and application evaluation and installations at the time I schedule them?
Where is the documentation for the Configuration Manager client for Mac Computers?
Where is the documentation for the Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX?
The following frequently asked questions relate specifically to mobile devices in Configuration Manager.
Where is the documentation for mobile devices?
If I wipe a mobile device that is enrolled by Configuration Manager and discovered by the Exchange Server connector, will it be wiped twice?
Can I configure the Exchange Server connector for read-only mode?
Do I need a Windows Intune organizational account to use the Windows Intune connector?
Do I need special certificates before I can make applications available to users who have mobile devices that run Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android?
Do I need a my own PKI to enroll mobile devices by using Windows Intune?
Does enrolling mobile devices by using the Windows Intune connector install the Configuration Manager client on them?
Do I need the Windows Intune connector to manage Android devices?
Can users go to the Application Catalog to install apps on their mobile devices?
The following frequently asked questions relate to remote control in Configuration Manager.
Is remote control enabled by default?
What ports does remote control use?
What is the difference between a Permitted Viewers List and granting a user the role-based administration security role of Remote Tools Operator?
Can I send a CTRL+ALT+DEL command to a computer during a remote control session?
How can I find out how the Help Desk is using remote control?
What happened to the Remote Control program in Control Panel on Configuration Manager clients?
The following frequently asked questions relate to content management, software updates, applications, packages and programs, scripts, and operating system deployment with supporting task sequences and device drivers in Configuration Manager.
When distribution points are enabled for bandwidth control, does the site server compress the content that it distributes to them in the same way as site-to-site data is compressed?
What is an “application” and why would I use it?
What is a “deployment type” and why would I use one?
What is the “deployment purpose” and why would I use this?
What is a global condition and how is it different from a deployment requirement?
How do I make an application deployment optional rather than mandatory?
Can users request applications?
Why would I use a package and program to deploy software rather than an application deployment?
Can I deploy Office so that it installs locally on a user’s main workstation but is available to that user as a virtual application from any computer?
Does Configuration Manager help identify which computers a user uses to support the user device affinity feature?
Can I change a simulated application deployment to a standard application deployment?
If the same application is deployed to a user and a device, which one takes priority?
Can I migrate my existing packages and programs from Configuration Manager 2007 to a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy?
Does the term “software” include scripts and drivers?
What does “state-based deployment” mean in reference to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Do I have to begin using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager applications immediately after migrating from Configuration Manager 2007?
If an application that has been deployed to a user is installed on multiple devices, how is the deployment summarized for the user?
Is there a quick guide to installing the Application Catalog?
Can I deploy applications by using task sequences?
How often are application deployments summarized?
How does the processing of requirements differ between a deployment with the action of Install and a deployment with the action of Uninstall?
What happens if a simulated deployment and a standard deployment for the same application are deployed to a computer?
Why do I see an error message about insufficient permissions from a Windows Embedded device when I try to install software from Software Center?
Should I use collections or application requirements to control software deployments?
Can I use update lists in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
What is an “update group” and why would I use one?
Does System Center 2012 Configuration Manager have automatic approval rules like Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)?
What changes have been made in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to manage superseded software updates?
How are superseded and expired software updates removed in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
What do the software update group icons represent in Configuration Manager?
When you view the status of an application deployment in the Deployments node of the Monitoring workspace, how is the displayed Compliance % calculated?
While monitoring the deployment of an application, the numbers displayed in the Completion Statistics do not match the numbers displayed in the View Status pane. What reasons might cause this?
When I view the report named Distribution Point Usage Summary, why do I see a value for more clients than I expect to see in the column named Client Accessed (Unique)?
Why does the value for Bytes Sent (MB), in the Distribution Point Usage Summary report, not always reflect the actual volume of data I deploy?
Can I deploy operating systems by using a DVD or a flash drive?
When I upgrade an operating system, can I retain the user’s information so that they have all their files, data, and preferences when they log on to the new operating system?
Can I deploy operating systems to computers that are not managed by Configuration Manager?
When I deploy an operating system to multiple computers, can I optimize how the operating system image is sent to the destination computers?
The following frequently asked questions relate to Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager.