SCCM, What is it?
Introduction to Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).
SCCM stands for "System Center Configuration Manager", Microsoft's enterprise-ready software for allowing IT Pros to manage computers (known as "endpoints") running Microsoft Windows in their units & colleges. SCCM works using an installed client running with administrative privilege on the endpoint, a central server, and a per-unit caching server called a "distribution point" where the client gets copies of managed content.
Typical SCCM tasks include:
- managing which software is installed on endpoints and the manner in which it installs (including specify optional and mandatory installs, and removing software),
- allowing users to install and remove software using appstore interfaces called the "Software Center" and its web-based gateway, the “Application Catalog”,
- collecting statistics from endpoints (such as which programs were run),
- using gathered information to compile reports summarizing endpoint activity,
- deploying and managing compliance policy for devices and users,
- imaging and migrating endpoints,
- deploying and managing endpoint protection, using System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP),
- and remotely controlling the endpoint for desktop support.
It is important to note that SCCM is designed primarily for use with Microsoft Windows endpoints. Other operating systems are not as well supported as Windows and a number of points raised in Microsoft's SCCM documentation only make sense on Windows.
The University offers SCCM as a service to University IT Pros, their units & colleges free of charge. SCCM works on physical and virtual Windows systems, and SCCM services are designed to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The University SCCM deployment also comes with support services and a community of IT Pros already using the University SCCM deployment.