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What is SCCM - System Center Configuration Manager

SCCM is formerly known as SMS (System Management Server)

SCCM is used at the University of Akron for hardware and software inventory and software distribution, including core applications, software purchased or licensed from Computer Solutions, software available with proper UA approval, and updates and patches.

Faculty, staff, and contract professionals' desktop and laptop computers deployed with a standard PC Services Windows 2000,XP, or WIndows7 disk image have the SCCM client software pre-installed. Other faculty, staff and contract professionals computers running Windows 2000, XP,or Windows7 and joined to the UAnet domain will receive the SCCM client installation via Group Policy.

Most SCCM deployments of updates and patches are mandatory silent installations. No messages are displayed before, during, or after these installations. SCCM deployments of core applications and other programs are usually voluntary installations. These installations require some user interaction.

How to run advertised programs

When an application has been deployed via SCCM to a computer the application is said to have been advertised to the computer. When an advertisement is received by a computer an icon appears in the Windows System Tray with a New Program Available message balloon stating that “A new program is available to be run. Double-click here to show new programs…”

If you wish to run the program at that time double-click the icon in the System Tray.

You may run the program at a later time by using the Run Advertised Programs control panel.

  • Open Control Panel
  • Select Run Advertised Programs
  • Select the Advertisement you wish to run and either double click on it or select it and click on "RUN"

What programs are available?

An updated list of programs is maintained directly by the SCCM team. This list can be found at Software Request

Updates and Patches deployed via SCCM

Updates and patches deployed via SCCM are usually mandatory silent installations. No messages are displayed before, during, or after the installation. SCCM uses hardware and software inventory data to determine which updates are needed by which clients. The updates are then deployed only to applicable clients. If an update fails to install successfully on the first attempt, SCCM will periodically retry the update until installation is successful.

Administrator Password Reset

A script to set the built-in Administrator account password to a randomly-generated character string runs every 21 days. This is to insure that the Administrator account does not have a blank or weak password that could be exploited by a virus or other malware.

This script also adds the Local Computer Domain Admins security group to the local Administrators group. This security group contains PC Services technicians.

SCCM on Macs (Absolute Manage)

Absolute Manage is the Software Deployment product being used by the University of Akron to push software to University owned Macintosh computers. It will also be used to Push Apple Software Updates to these users.
In order to install software pushed to the Macintosh simply go to System Preferences and click the Absolute Manage Preference Pane. In the Absolute Manage Preference Pane, click on Software Updates

The information in this window will show what software has been pushed to the Macintosh. The software in this list includes software that was automatically pushed to this machine along with the On-Demand Software that was installed.

To see what On-Demand Software is advertised to the Macintosh click on the Show On-Demand Software button like below. The Absolute Manage Software Distribution window will display the Software that is advertised to the machine and can be installed by simply selecting the checkbox next to the software title and pressing ok to install the software. McAfee Endpoint Encryption ver. 6.2 should be listed if it is not please contact the support desk and have a ticket opened to get the software installed on your Macintosh.