People have made fun of ConfigMgr, and every version of SMS before that, for being “slow moving software”. For those of you who try to deploy software to a machine and then wait for it to actually happen, you know what I mean: it was guaranteed to take two minutes from the time you advertised it to the time the first clients acted on it.
With ConfigMgr SP2, a significant portion of that delay (which was actually happening on the client side, not on the server) was removed. Now, I can add a new machine into a collection, then go to the machine and initiate a machine policy retrieval cycle and see a popup for new advertisements within a few seconds. The first time that happened I was a bit startled by the result – surely something must be wrong. But it wasn’t, the advertisement really was available that quickly.
ConfigMgr SP2 is still available as an RC through http://connect.microsoft.com, so you can try it out in your lab if you want. It is expected to be released by the end of October.