System Center 2012 R2 Is Essential For Windows 8.1 Tablet Deployments

If you’re running Windows 8.1 in your business, the chances are it’s sitting alongside Windows 7 systems as well. Forrester analyst JP Gownder points out that this approach is likely to be messy if you don’t also have an up-to-date System Center deployment.

In a blog post, Gownder says that interest in Windows 8.1 has been increasing in recent months. The tablet-centric nature of the original Windows 8 interface and the need to retrain staff meant that many businesses chose to stick with Windows 7 instead.

Gownder suggests that situation is gradually changing, but also points out that managing a mixed environment will be tricky if you don’t also upgrade your server infrastructure:

In most cases, enterprises with an interest in Windows 8.1 devices are running hybrid environments — adding Windows 8.1 tablets (for example) into a largely Windows 7 environment. This is best accomplished using System Center 2012 R2; prior editions don’t offer full deployment capabilities, making them onerous for I&O personnel to manage.

Hit the link for Gownder’s thoughts on where Windows 8.1 has enterprise appeal.

Where Does Windows 8.1 Stand With Enterprises And Users? [Forrester]

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