Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 introduces out of band management. For more information, see Overview of Out of Band Management.
Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 also provides significant enhancements to the Asset Intelligence feature introduced in Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and included in Configuration Manager 2007. As well as the functionality provided by Asset Intelligence in Configuration Manager 2007, the following feature enhancements have been made to Asset Intelligence in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1:
- New catalog and license management
capabilities from within the Configuration Manager
- Additional reports.
- Compatibility with Microsoft SoftGrid
- Asset Intelligence catalog synchronization to
- Ability to import both Microsoft and
non-Microsoft software licensing data.
Using the Asset Intelligence feature in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, the Asset Intelligence catalog can be dynamically updated by using the new Asset Intelligence synchronization point site system role. This site system can be used to request on-demand catalog synchronization with System Center Online or schedule automatic catalog synchronization. The Asset Intelligence synchronization point can also be used to upload uncategorized software titles to System Center Online for identification.
For more information, see Asset Intelligence in Configuration Manager.
The length of the evaluation period has changed in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 to be more consistent with other Microsoft products. In Configuration Manager 2007, the evaluation period is 120 days. In Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, the evaluation period is 180 days.
The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Connector and the System Center Updates Publisher are no longer included with the Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 installation media.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 provides support for Windows Server 2008 as clients and site systems.
|Windows Server 2008 does not include WebDAV by default, which is required for Configuration Manager 2007 management points and distribution points. For more information, see How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Site Systems.|
In Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, you can modify the registry to prevent the console from contacting the Internet to display the TechCenter page as the console home page. For more information, see How to Prevent the Home Page from Downloading the TechCenter Page on Microsoft.com.
In Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, a change was made to advertisements to run without being scheduled even if the logged on user is not an administrator. For more information, see "Internet-Based Clients Running Advertisements" in Example Package Access Scenarios.