Configuration Manager is a unsung favourite of corporate IT no more.
Indeed, as if to make adult for mislaid time, Microsoft has been imprinting a 25th anniversary of one of a least-celebrated, nonetheless most-ubiquitous, products with poignant pushing – including, trust it or not, a 30-minute documentary film charting a full story of CM. (And it’s indeed unequivocally good – you can watch it here.) Microsoft has also been mouth-watering users to share their CM recollections, too, good and bad.
It’s tough to conflict a invitation to reminisce, generally when my possess story with Systems Management Server (SMS, as it was once known) stretches all a proceed behind to a beta of chronicle 1.0, that we was assisting to exercise during a sequence of UK banks in a 90’s.
The plan was really successful, yet it’s satisfactory to contend that SMS indispensable a lot of TLC in those early days, and we got to know some Microsoft support folks flattering good during a project. Working late one night on a server upgrade, a co-worker glanced during his monitor, clapped a palm to his skull, and literally ran out a office. we went over to demeanour during a SMS console – and saw a small, charcterised wrecking-ball gif methodically outstanding by a SMS hierarchy, any of a listed offices, one by one. My co-worker had done a vicious mistake.
Stopping that was an engaging small sub-project all by itself. We managed it though, and had it all operative again by subsequent morning. Ultimately, it was by such practice that we came to know how absolute a apparatus was, and how to hoop that power.
Following that job, we assimilated Microsoft for a integrate of years, and afterwards left to start 1E, and to assistance to vast organizations successfully use SMS to automate PC management. Our initial plan was to muster SMS V2 during an word company. SMS V2 faced utterly a lot of criticism, not slightest internally in Microsoft, though we had a lot of success implementing it. Compass, an classification that totalled operational efficiency, subsequently available a five-fold alleviation in it, attributed to SMS. Even during that early theatre in a development, SMS was evidently a insubordinate invention.
I’ve built a career essay and rising collection that assistance CM develop in distributed, formidable environments, environments in that creation program work can be difficult, let alone a square of program that manages all a others. It’s engaging to me, during this quarter-century symbol in CM’s history, to consternation what changes and hurdles wait for it in a future.
The destiny of Configuration Manager
What’s distinguished about these CM anniversary celebrations is what they seem to tell us about Microsoft’s changeable expectations around a destiny of IT servicing. To me, a fact that during final year’s Ignite event, Microsoft was trumpeting a nearby destiny full of Azure and Intune, while this year a speak was all about Co-management, is significant.
In short, Microsoft appears to have now adopted a some-more useful proceed to a issue, one that recognizes a strengths of Intune for mobile inclination and simple, complicated applications, and a strengths of CM for vicious systems and formidable scenarios. In addition, Microsoft heavily hints during a presumption, not merely that there will be a transitory proviso between a benefaction and a destiny of full cloud management, though that this proviso will be significant, extensive and maybe even interminable.
This acceptance should be appreciated in a wider context of Windows 10.
When it comes to Windows 10, one of a pivotal concerns organizations have is a rate of change presented by a handling system’s harsh servicing cadence.
Indeed, left to hoop this rate of change all by itself, CM still faces one of a many poignant hurdles of a history. Its underlying strengths bake splendid even in this context, however, when contrasted with a suspicion of a pristine mobile and cloud world, where we would have significantly reduction control over those updates.
When it comes to a turn of granular control mandatory in contemporary IT, Intune can’t come tighten to relating CM.
The nearby future, during least, is all about Windows 10 – migrating to it and/or handling it (depending where we are in a process). The OS’s mandatory rate of change creates CM some-more required than ever, generally for vast organizations. As a fortitude for a systems government infrastructure, CM is expected to be around – if not indispensably for another twenty-five years – for some time to come.
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