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
Steps To Be Followed To Create A Package:
Start up your 'Configuration Manager Console' and click on the 'Site Database → Computer Management → Software Distribution' and then Select Packages' in the left pane.
Right click on the 'Packages' and select 'New → Package'( A 'New Package Wizard' will open up)
Fill in the 'General Package' properties (as you desire)
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.
Change the 'Source Directory' location to 'Local drive' on 'Site Server' and browse to the path of your package
Click 'OK' & Set the 'Schedule to update the Distribution Points'
Set the 'Data Access' Options or 'Revert to the Default Settings'
In the 'Distribution Settings' tab, 'Set the Priority of the Package' to 'high'
Under the 'Reporting' tab, set the MIF(Management Information Format) properties as 'Default' .
Set the 'Security Rights' for the package
Review the 'Summary of the Selected Choices'
Click on 'Next' to install the 'Package'
A confirmation message will appear that the 'Package has been Installed'
Creating A Program For The Package:
In Configuration Manager Console,expand the newly 'Added Package' & right click on 'Program'
Choose 'New → Program'
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".
In the 'Requirements' tab,select the 'The Program can run on Specified Client Platforms' option & choose the 'desired operating systems'
Under the 'Environment' tab,choose 'Program Can Run Whether Or Not The User Is Logged In' option
In the 'Advanced Settings' tab,leave all the settings as they are (that is,'default settings')
Ignore the 'Windows Installer Package' tab
Under the 'MOM Maintenance' tab,select 'Generate Operations Manager alert if this program fails' option
Review the 'Summary Of The Program' and then click 'Next'
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:
In the 'Configuration Manager Console', select 'System Center Configuration Manager → Site Database → Computer Management → Software Distribution → Advertisements'
Right click on 'Advertisement' & select 'New → Advertisement'
Fill in the details for the 'Advertisement' as follows:
Under the 'General' tab,provide the various details of the Advertisement as follows:
'Name' (of the program)
Comment (regarding the program)
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
Summary Of The Advertisement' would be displayed,click on 'Next' to finish
Creating The Distribution Points
In the SCCM Configuration Manager Console
Select the 'Configured Package' & right click on it .Select 'New Distribution Points'
'New Distribution Points' wizard opens up
Click 'Next' to continue
Select the 'SCCM Server' from the available list & click 'Next'
Under the 'Confirmation' tab,review the 'Summary Of Selected Choices' & click 'Close'
Updating The Distribution Points
1 Right click on the 'Distribution Points' & choose 'Update Distribution Points' option
A dialog box would appear stating that 'Are You Sure You Want To Update All Distribution Points?'
Distributing The Created Package:
In the SCCM Configuration Manager Console,
Select the 'Configured Package' & right click on it.
Select 'Distribute -> Software' the 'Distribute Package Wizard' will open up
Under the 'Distribution Points' tab,select the 'Distribution Points' option & click on 'Next'
Under the 'Advertise Program' tab,select 'Yes' for 'Do you want to advertise a Program from this Package' option
In the 'Select Program' tab,select the 'Program that you want to Advertise to the members of a Collection'
Click on 'Next'
Specify various details concerning the 'Advertisement of the Program' as mentioned below:
Specify the 'Collection' that should receive the 'Package'
You can either specify 'An Existing Collection' (or) 'Create A New Collection'
Specifying An Existing Collection:
Click on 'Browse' & Select the 'Desired Collection'
Click on 'Next'
Specifying A New Collection
Give the 'Name & Comment' for the 'New Collection'
Provide atleast 'One Membership Rule' & click on 'Next'
Provide the 'Advertisement Name & Comment' in the respective textboxes.
Click on 'Next'
Under the 'Advertisement Subcollections' tab,specify 'Whether the Advertisement should be made available to Subcollections or not' & click 'Next'
Configure a 'Scheduler' for the Advertisement under the 'Advertisement Scheduler' tab & click 'Next'
Under the 'Assign Programs' tab,provide the necessary specifications & click on 'Next'
A 'Summary of the Advertisement'(with the specified requirements) would appear
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).