The Windows Server Notebook

Feb 5 2013   9:20PM GMT

Microsoft delivers Configuration Manager add-ons and extensions

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley

Microsoft released a pair of add-ons for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and an update to an existing tool on Monday.

The Configuration Manager Toolkit comes with a wide range of utilities that would aid Configuration Manager management and troubleshooting.

For instance, Client Spy will troubleshoot problems with application distribution and software metering, and Policy Spy allows admins to check the policy system of Configuration Manager client systems.

Power Viewer would do exactly what one would expect: view the power management status on client machines.

Also included in the toolkit is the Security Configuration Wizard Template, which intends to reduce the attack surface for Windows Server 2008 R2.

In all, there are nine tools in the kit, which are all available for download from Microsoft’s site.

The company also released a new version of its Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit. The toolkit allows admins to support migrations in remote offices that don’t have Virtual Machine Manager infrastructure onsite. Note that the P2V toolkit will no longer be supported by Microsoft on July 27 of this year.

Finally, the Package Conversion Manager received an update, allowing System Center Configuration Manager 2007 packages to System Center 2012 SP1.

Are you using Configuration Manager? What do you think of these new tools? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @SearchWinServ.

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