Just in time for Macworld, Parallels announced a new plug-in Management Suite for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) that offers integration of Mac computers in mixed Microsoft and Mac environments.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, part of Microsoft’s cloud and datacenter management suite of products, allows systems administration to create a unified infrastructure for managing physical, virtual and mobile clients, from a single administrative console. However, up until now SCCM only worked with Windows based systems, which left the growing Mac user base out of the grasp of the SCCM console. Parallels Management Suite for Microsoft SCCM is a useful extension that works with both 2007 and 2012 SCCM installations giving administrators the ability easily and efficiently manage Macs on the same network.
The Mac SCCM extension offers three key advantages, including the ability to scan your network for Mac systems running OS X 10.6x through 10.8x; manage and secure them through a simplified interface centralized in SCCM; as well as manage Windows applications on Macs. The Parallels Mac Agent gets installed on each Mac in your environment extending the management options in Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, which allows end users to run Windows and OS X applications side-by-side.
Parallels has been focusing on creating seamless Windows and Mac integration with tools that allow Windows based programs to work on Mac systems. The new SCCM integration tool opens up a whole new level of control for IT administrators who are dealing with the recent BYOD and CYOD trends. Apple devices in enterprise environments have been on a steady rise in recent years creating additional management responsibilities for administrators in addition to possible security risks. A recent survey conducted by Parallels revealed that 42% of large companies are lacking the tools to manage and secure their Mac devices, leaving them vulnerable to potential threats.
Parallels Management Suite for SCCM is available now in U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand and costs $30 per Mac per year; Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition starts at $100 per Mac per year. Volume discounts are available for both products and Parallels is working on releasing French, German and Japanese versions later this year.
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