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A new System Center product announced today – System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 October 23, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCMDM, Windows Mobile.
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Today Microsoft announced that there will be a new product in the System Center family – System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008. The product will cover three areas:

Security Management

  • Active Directory Domain joined (your Windows Mobile will be added as objects in Active Directory)
  • Policy Enforcement using Active Directory Group Policy (there will be about 130 policies that you can enable just as you do for a Windows desktop).

Device Management

  • Software Deployment (It will use WSUS 3.0 SP1 as it’s mechanism to deploy software and updates to the devices)
  • Inventory
  • Reporting 

Mobile Optimized VPN

  • Machine authentication
  • Session Persistence
  • Fast reconnect
  • Internet roaming
  • Using standard protocols based IKEv2, MobIKE, IPSEC tunnel mode)

 

All this looks extremely good, but to be able to manage your device you need an updated version of Windows Mobile that will be released some time in Q1 next year. If your hardware vendor will provide this update for free is still not announced. Another question I haven’t found the answer to is if this will be included in the upcoming SP/version of System Center Configuration Manager.

 

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Picture of the Policy Editor

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Picture of the device manager where you handle software deployment, view inventory and run reports

More information about System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 can be found here.