Client Software Installation Via System Center Configuration Manager:

 

System Center Configuration Manager:

 

System Center Configuration Manager is one of the methods of client software installation used to distribute the client software over a given domain. System Center Configuration


Manager is a systems management software product by Microsoft for managing large groups of Windows-based Computer Systems. The SCCM offers remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware & software inventory. To make use of the SCCM feature, it must be installed in your system.
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Steps To Be Followed To Create A Package:

  1. Start up your 'Configuration Manager Console' and click on the 'Site Database → Computer Management → Software Distribution' and then Select Packages' in the left pane.

  2. Right click on the 'Packages' and select 'New → Package'( A 'New Package Wizard' will open up)

  3. Fill in the 'General Package' properties (as you desire)

  4. In the 'Data Source' tab, select the 'This Page Contains Source Files' checkbox and click on 'Set' to specify the source of the 'SCCM' package.

  5. Change the 'Source Directory' location to 'Local drive' on 'Site Server' and browse to the path of your package

  6. Click 'OK' & Set the 'Schedule to update the Distribution Points'

  7. Set the 'Data Access' Options or 'Revert to the Default Settings'

  8. In the 'Distribution Settings' tab, 'Set the Priority of the Package' to 'high'

  9. Under the 'Reporting' tab, set the MIF(Management Information Format) properties as 'Default' .

  10. Set the 'Security Rights' for the package

  11. Review the 'Summary of the Selected Choices'  

  12. Click on 'Next' to install the 'Package'

  13. A confirmation message will appear that the 'Package has been Installed'

Creating A Program For The Package:

  1. In Configuration Manager Console,expand the newly 'Added Package' & right click on 'Program'

  2. Choose 'New → Program'

  3. Fill in the Program Details (under the 'General' tab) Provide the 'Command Line' as follows:"msiexec /i ADSelfServicePlusClientSoftware.msi SERVERNAME=selfservice.xyz.com PORTNO=8888 /qn".

  4. In the 'Requirements' tab,select the 'The Program can run on Specified Client Platforms' option & choose the 'desired operating systems'

  5. Under the 'Environment' tab,choose 'Program Can Run Whether Or Not The User Is Logged In' option

  6. In the 'Advanced Settings' tab,leave all the settings as they are (that is,'default settings')

  7. Ignore the 'Windows Installer Package' tab

  8. Under the 'MOM Maintenance' tab,select 'Generate Operations Manager alert if this program fails' option

  9. Review the 'Summary Of The Program' and then click 'Next'  

  10. Click 'Close' to finish

Advertising The Package:

 

Once the package has been created along with the programs,the next step is to 'Advertise the Package'(specifying the programs that you want your clients to run).This can be done as follows:

  1. In the 'Configuration Manager Console', select 'System Center Configuration Manager → Site Database → Computer Management → Software Distribution → Advertisements'

  2. Right click on 'Advertisement' & select 'New → Advertisement'

  3. Fill in the details for the 'Advertisement' as follows:

  4. Under the 'General' tab,provide the various details of the Advertisement as follows:

    1. 'Name' (of the program)

    2. Comment (regarding the program)

    3. Click on 'Browse' buttons to choose the 'Package,Program & Collection'

    When prompted about 'Distribution Points',click 'Yes' (the updation of the 'Distribution Point' would be done at the end)
    In the 'Schedule' tab,set the schedule for the 'Advertisement' as follows:

    • Set the 'Date' & 'Time' for the Advertisement

    • Click on the 'Yellow Star' to set the 'Mandatory Settings'

    • Set the 'Priority' to 'High'

    Review the changes.


    Under the 'Distribution Points' tab,

    • Provide the necessary information

    Review your distribution point settings on fast or slow LAN


    Under the 'Interaction' tab,

    • Set the Time Interval to 15 minutes

    Under the 'Security' tab,

    • Review the 'Security' settings

    1. Summary Of The Advertisement' would be displayed,click on 'Next' to finish

Creating The Distribution Points

 

In the SCCM Configuration Manager Console

  1. Select the 'Configured Package' & right click on it .Select 'New Distribution Points'

  2. 'New Distribution Points' wizard opens up

  3. Click 'Next' to continue

  4. Select the 'SCCM Server' from the available list & click 'Next'

  5. Under the 'Confirmation' tab,review the 'Summary Of Selected Choices' & click 'Close'

Updating The Distribution Points

  1. 1 Right click on the 'Distribution Points' & choose 'Update Distribution Points' option

  2. A dialog box would appear stating that 'Are You Sure You Want To Update All Distribution Points?'

  3. Click 'Yes'

Distributing The Created Package:

 

In the SCCM Configuration Manager Console,

  1. Select the 'Configured Package' & right click on it.

  2. Select 'Distribute -> Software' the 'Distribute Package Wizard' will open up

  3. Under the 'Distribution Points' tab,select the 'Distribution Points' option & click on 'Next'

  4. Under the 'Advertise Program' tab,select 'Yes' for 'Do you want to advertise a Program from this Package' option

  5. In the 'Select Program' tab,select the 'Program that you want to Advertise to the members of a Collection'

  6. Click on 'Next'

  7. Specify various details concerning the 'Advertisement of the Program' as mentioned below:

Specify the 'Collection' that should receive the 'Package'

Specifying An Existing Collection:

  1. Provide the 'Advertisement Name & Comment' in the respective textboxes.

  2. Click on 'Next'

  3. Under the 'Advertisement Subcollections' tab,specify 'Whether the Advertisement should be made available to Subcollections or not' & click 'Next'

  4. Configure a 'Scheduler' for the Advertisement under the 'Advertisement Scheduler' tab & click 'Next'

  5. Under the 'Assign Programs' tab,provide the necessary specifications & click on 'Next'

  6. A 'Summary of the Advertisement'(with the specified requirements) would appear

  7. Clicking on 'Next' would 'Distribute the Package' successfully

 

You can speed up the 'Distribution of Advertisements' by initiating the 'User Policy Retrieval & Evaluation' and 'Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation' cycles respectively. These cycles can be initiated from the 'Action Tab' of the 'Configuration Manager Properties' in the control panel (on your client computers).

 

 

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