SCCM, which stands for system center configuration manager is a software management suite that is provided by Microsoft. SCCM patch management allows users to manage a large number of Windows on a PC. It helps keep track of a network’s inventory, deploys updates and security patches across a network, as well as assists in application installation.
Some of the core features of SCCM include
- Windows management -keeps pace with updates to Windows 10
- Endpoint protection- provide identification and malware protection
- Software update management –it allows administrators to manage and deliver updates to devices across an enterprise.
- Reporting – it presents information regarding hardware, software, users, applications and software updates.
- Application delivery- it allows administrators to deliver an app to all devices across the enterprise
- Operating system [OS] deployment- ensures the distribution of operating systems to all devices across an enterprise.
How to deploy software using SCCM
Deploying software with SCCM is quite easy, and you will be done in no time. Here are steps to help you deploy your software with SCCM.
Step 1: Create an application for software to deploy
First things first, you need to set up an SCCM. After setting the SCCM, go to the Home tab and click on Applications. After that, you need to create an app for the software to deploy. To do that, in the Configuration Manager console, browse Software Library and check Application Management and click Applications. On the Home tab in the Create group, click Create Application.
Step 2: Examine the properties of the application you have created and its deployment type
Now that you have created an application, you can go ahead and refine it in the application settings if you wish. To check out the application properties, choose the app, and then in the Home Tab, select the Properties. In the Application Properties dialog box, you will be able to see several items that you can configure to refine your app’s behavior.
Step 3: Add a requirement to the deployment type
Requirements generally specify certain conditions that must be met before installing an application on a device. You can either go for the built-in requirements or create yours.
Step 4: Add the application content to a distribution point
The next step is to ensure that the application content is copied to a distribution point. Computers access the distribution point to install the application. Here is how you can add the application content to the distribution point.
- In the Configuration Manager console, choose Software Library and then click Applications. In the list of applications, choose the Contoso Application you have created.
- On the Home tab in the Distribute Content Wizard group, select Distribute Content.
- Check if the application name is correct on the General page of the Distribute Content Wizard.
- On the Content page, assess the information that will be copied to the distribution point, and select Next.
- On the Content Destination page, select Add to choose one or many distribution points on which to instant the application content.
- Complete the wizard
Step 5: Deploy the application
Finally, you need to deploy the app to your device collection. On the Deployment Settings, set the action to install and Purpose to available. Click on the Next button. The app is now deployed. Click on Close to exit the program.
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