So, At the end of my last blog entry I asked which agent is better: The Microsoft or the Parallels one? This isn't really very clear cut but lets try to answer the question.
So in the blue corner, we have the Microsoft native client. Its advantages are:
- Native Solution
- On the whole, easier to create and add applications to the ConfigMgr console
- A Client side GUI
- Treats the Macs as mobile clients so therefore requires
I actually started writing this just after I finished my last blog entry. However, a nasty bout of the flu and other things have got in my way since then and I just hadn't gotten around to finishing this post. Well, no more!
In Part One of this blog, I talked about the new Mac client for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 (God, that's a mouthful!). I talked about my impressions of it and how well it's been working so far. I also mentioned that
I've mentioned on the forums a few times that we're in the planning stages of implementing System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. I'm now at the end of the planning stage and am moving towards implementation.
During the planning stages, we have been evaluating the Mac component of the product. My colleague @Roberto has written a little about it on his blog at It's Always My Problem. You should go read it. Go ahead, I'll wait.
I realise that this may not be an especially fashionable point of view on this and other boards (but it will be on certain ones!) but I like Apple. I've owned Apple computers since around 2008 since it became clear that Vista was a complete train wreck and I wanted something at home which I wasn't going to need spending hours buggering about with. Anyway, I bought an iMac and haven't looked back since. In the time since then, I've become a bit of a fanboy and I've bought an Apple Time Capsule (Sold