How does Windows System Center 2012 differ from normal Windows Server 2012? RRS feed

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  • Hello,

    I have a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, as a domain controller with Active Directory, Storage, etc...

    Now i want to deploy images over the network, WDS(Windows Deployment Services) is a good choice, i know, but System Center 2012 got much better options for Deployment. So my question is:

    - How does System Center 2012 differ from Server 2012 R2?

    - Is there an windows server OS that supports options for both System Center 2012 and normal Server 2012 options?

    If not, i could just buy another server, install System Center 2012 and put it next to the normal Windows Server 2012 R2 server i already have running... but however:

    - It seems very normal to me that if i have both these servers running, that i 'connect' the System Center to the other server by joining it to the domain right?

    - If i'm right, then do i need a seperate DOMAIN account for the system center or is it better to use the Domain Administrator account from the other server that runs the domain controller?

    Thanks in advance,

    Marc Hoving

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 6:56 AM


  • Hi Marc,

    System Center is a Suite of different components, each with its specific purpose, it's not an operating system, which you can compare with Windows Server 2012 R2. Here you can find a short description of each component:

    Components of System Center 2012 R2

    You can install each of the components on a Windows Server 2012 R2 and almost all of the cases you'll have to join the server to the domain. Also you will need a SQL database for the deployment of any of the components.

    In regards to OS Deployment you'll need the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. I've selected a couple of articles for you, which will give you an overview of SCCM and its features:

    Configuration Manager

    Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    Introduction to Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager

    Each of the components has its own account requirements and you can find all the information you need on the Microsoft TechNet pages.

    Hope this helps. Regards,

    Stoyan (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer" where applicable. This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognizes useful contributions. Thanks!)

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:31 PM