Native Mode – No More in SCCM 2012


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As all Configuration Manager customers know, security is challenging and often requires complex setup configurations. Setting up a Certificate Authority, issuing certificates, and maintaining them can be a herculean task, and in most cases involves interacting with multiple teams in an organization.

It is the price we pay to have a highly secure environment, where the administrators, executives, and employees don’t have to worry about their data being compromised.

Configuration Manger leverages an existing PKI infrastructure to enable secure communication between clients and site system roles.

Before System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Configuration Manager 2007 had concepts called native mode and mixed mode: The philosophy behind native mode was to secure the site server and all its site systems, in addition to securing all site-to-site communication. This involved configuring a site signing certificate on all installed sites, plus there was an added restriction that a native mode site must always report to a native mode site.

During the planning phase for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, we listened to customer feedback and revisited this native and mixed mode model, and debated our previous concept of securing the site. The result was client computer communication.

Complete Post can be found here : http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2012/05/25/system-center-2012-configuration-manager-r-i-p-native-mode.aspx

Published by Abheek Dutta

A perennial thrill-seeker with an avid interest in transforming and improving lives around the globe through the wonderful gift of technology, I am the Senior Vice President of Henson Group . My specialties include Leadership, problem-solving, and putting cutting-edge technology (Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) in the hands of corporates, startups, and professionals. I have been obsessed with the idea of using technology to solve real-world problems. Having previously worked with global software giants like TCS and IBM, I now usually sit at my office at the World Trade Center, New York and Chandigarh , India. Among my greatest achievements, increasing the revenue of Henson Group by ten-folds in the past two years, remains my favorite along with the fact that Henson Group’s India center has now become ‘a center of excellence’ with its entire technical team being Microsoft certified. On the delivery side, I helped Henson Group attain the prestigious “ Azure Expert MSP Certification “ with Microsoft . Hailing from Jammu, my team has grown from five to 150 employees and associates in just two years. Even during COVID-19 era, our growth has soared while helping corporates, industries and startups to tide over many hurdles and challenges. Henson Group is recently featured at rank 132 in the Inc. 5000 Rating. Skillsets: Cloud Services, Managed Services Provider (MSP), Computers & Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Project management, Leadership , Cyber Security Mr. Dutta manages and monitors the performance of consultants and partners on engagements, communicating with the account executive, project teams, and customers. Works in close collaboration with the Microsoft project manager, providing hands-on project management expertise as required. Mr. Dutta provides direct oversight over the MSP Client Operations team responsible for managing MSP relationships with existing MSP clients and day to day operations of these accounts. Mr. Dutta oversees the Centralized Delivery Team that is responsible for high volume cloud migrations and MSP delivery to current clients. Team consists of over 120+ engineers and project managers.

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