For more information on any of the enterprise systems DTS manages, visit http://www.uakron.edu/its/hoss/dts/enterprisemgt/
What is SMS -Systems Management Server
SMS 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 or Windows XP disk image have the SMS client software pre-installed. Other faculty, staff and contract professionals computers running Windows 2000 or Windows XP and joined to the UAnet domain will receive the SMS client installation via Group Policy.
Most SMS deployments of updates and patches are mandatory silent installations. No messages are displayed before, during, or after these installations. SMS 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 SMS 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"
If you are interested in the updates pushed by SMS please check out the [What's New Page.]
What programs are available?
An updated list of programs is maintained directly by the SMS team. This list can be found at http://www.uakron.edu/its/hoss/dts/enterprisemgt/sms.php
Updates and Patches deployed via SMS
Updates and patches deployed via SMS are usually mandatory silent installations. No messages are displayed before, during, or after the installation. SMS 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, SMS will periodically retry the update until installation is successful.
The following updates are deployed
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.