System Center Configuration Manager 2012’s 2nd Beta is out for download.. but don’t bother if you are running a patched or current SQL Server…

It appears that the Configuration Manager team decided to step back in their support of current database servers.  Starting with Configuration Manager 2007 R2, the following were supported:

  • SQL Server 2005 with SP2 or SP3
  • SQL Server 2008, SP1, or SP2
  • SQL Server 2008 R2

According to the beta System Requirements documentation (remember this is beta, which in Microsoft parlance means bug fixes, not a lot of changes, etc..)

Configuration Manager requires 64-bit SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition or SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, running Service Pack 1 with at least Cumulative Update 10 . Other versions of SQL Server, such as SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 or SQL Server 2008 R2, are not supported.

If you are looking for something that is not so picky, but get’s you a good bit of the functionality, I’ve started to look at Admin Arsenal.  I’ve just downloaded one of their products and I’ll get a chance to look deeper later, but it seems to be a bit lower friction.

On a side note.. the guys at Admin Arsenal are supporting this year’s PICC event.

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