SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager)

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26 August 2019

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SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager)

 

What is SCCM?

SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) is a tool developed by Microsoft to manage systems. It was initially released in 1994 and it was known as SMS (Systems Management Server). Later in 2007, it was renamed as SCCM and sometimes it is called ConfigMgr.

 

Systems

Here, systems mean a large group of computers and devices.

Platform

Earlier, it was only supporting Windows platforms. Now SCCM is evolving to a greater extent and it is able to support systems with platforms Windows, Mac OS, Linux or Unix and as well as mobile operating systems like Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.

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So, how it manages systems?

Well, it provides the following features:

  • Remote control
  • Software distribution
  • Software Updates
  • Application Management
  • OS deployment
  • Network access protection
  • Hardware and software inventory
  • Reporting Services

SCCM Architecture

There are different topologies available for the configuration manager.

One of them is the CAS topology.

It consists of the following components:


CAS (Central Administration Site):

  • It resides at the top of the hierarchy and collects all information regarding database from its child.
  • It manages all clients in the hierarchy and performs all site management tasks

Primary Site

  • It processes all data from its clients and communicates to its parent CAS.

Secondary Site 

  • It manages the transfer of contents of deployment to sites in the hierarchy.

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So, how it is useful for an organization?

SCCM provides an automated administrative system to manage IT infrastructure which would be done manually.

It facilitates the following:

 

  • Increase Mobility and Data Protection
    It acts as a well-organized client management tool that supports computers and mobile devices at a single management platform. It allows the administrator to track hardware as well as software inventory, configuration changes and helps in troubleshooting. It increases mobility by providing information about the indulge resources and its utilization and provides endpoint protection to the data throughout the organizations.

 

  • Productivity and efficiency increases
    It provides reporting services that help to collect and organize information about the systems, applications, software updates, inventory and other operations in an organization. It allows the administrator to track the available hardware and software resources and its usages and thus it increases productivity and efficiency.

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