System Center Configuration Manager-The Most Popular System Center Component
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Novell - Summary• Almost no new deployments, exclusively upgrades• Ability to differentiate between device and user, managing both configurations distinctly• Asset Management, Patch Management, and Endpoint Security in a common console• Strong Linux and Windows management• Newest version supports MacOS; “MDM” through ActiveSync
Dell - Summary• Appliance based – separate devices for OSD, management, and MDM (spring 2013)• Appliances are easy to deploy, maintain, and upgrade (a challenge in this space)• Meets needs of midsize (200-5k PCs) organizations, but doesn’t scale for enterprises• OSD is strong and intuitive, but other areas such as reporting are weak
Microsoft - Summary• SCCM is the dominant product in the market• New user-centric model• Maintain corporate compliance and control while empowering employees• Unified infrastructure that gives a “single pane of glass” to manage physical, virtual, and mobile clients.
Microsoft – Strengths and Weaknesses• Tight integration with the SC2012 suite• Large install base makes it easy to find consultants, contractors, IT personnel and active user communities• Supports Mac OS X and Linux (discovery, inventory, app deployment, updates, Antivirus)• MDM with Intune add-on• Single pane of glass with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)• While the product has been simplified, SCCM is still complex; it requires deep expertise to implement and use successfully
SCCM 2012New Benefits• Improved settings • Reduce compliance management with complexity remediation • Reduce cost through• Integrated antimalware integrated security• Delegated administrationSP1 release includes the ability to manage and deploy thinclients, POS devices, and other Windows Embeddeddevices, as well as create and provision Windows To Goportable workspaces
SCCM 2012 Feature Set• Systems Management/Remote Control• Inventory• Software Metering• Software Updates• Application Management• Operating System Deployment• Endpoint Protection• Mobile Device Management
Systems Management/Remote Control• The SCCM Client Agent• Discovery – AD integration finds users and workstations – Software discovery finds all installed applications – Can be scheduled• Collections – Logical units for managing users or computers – Dynamic or static• Remote Control Tools
Asset Intelligence & Inventory• Hardware Inventory• Software Inventory• Asset Intelligence – Provides tools to collect inventory data and to monitor software license usage
Software Metering• Monitors software usage data – Track where software is deployed – How many users actually run the program – Whether users still use the program (lifecycle) – Which times of day a program is most used• Increases value of expensive software• Provides a means to “true up” – Reconcile licensing requirements for renewals – Remain compliant
Endpoint Protection• Integrated with the client agent• Simple process to enable client protection• Easy to configure policies for different systems• Automatic uninstall of competing products• Reporting on definitions, viruses, and more
Software Updates• Integrated with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) – Leverages the client agent – No need for GPOs in this case• Create packages of updates for deployment (just like applications)• Updates can be configured for automatic approval – Endpoint Protection definition updates
Application Management• Create Applications for Deployment – Several deployment types are supported: • Windows Installer (.msi files) • Script Installer (.exe or .bat files) • Application Virtualization (App-V) • Windows Mobile Cabinet (.cab files), IOS, Android – Applications are Published to Distribution Points • Distribution Points are great for WANs • Reduces latency on remote networks • Increases efficiency and speed of deployment
Application Management (cont.)• Application Advertisements – Applied to collections of systems or users – Can be scheduled – Can be set as mandatory• How does the client know? – Software center (Start Menu) & Application catalog (self-service website) – Policy evaluation cycle
Compliance & Settings Management• Create a baseline and ensure that all user devices comply with that baseline through either auto remediation or alerts• Integrates with SCSM to automatically create incidents on baseline drift
Operating System Deployment• Creates OS images for deployment – Standardized for your organization – Reduces time to deploy or upgrade systems• Methods for deployment – PXE-boot – Bootable media – Removable media
OSD (cont.)• Task Sequences in OSD – Custom tailor your deployments – Add model-specific driver packages – Join domain, configure networking – Migrate user profiles using USMT – Install applications – Install software updates and patches
That’s not all!• Reporting – Uses SQL Server Reporting Services – Tons of useful reports out of the box – Create custom reports to suit your needs• MDM through ActiveSync – Password complexity – Remote wipe – Device encryption – Disable camera – Disable removable storage – Disable Bluetooth – Disable SMS• MDM with Intune subscription (reduced cost with SC2012) – Software distribution
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