System Center Configuration Manager - University of Houston
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System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a desktop management tool offered by Microsoft. SCCM enhances the power of Active Directory. With this power, technology managers can remotely perform the following:

  • Software Deployment – push and pull
  • Power Management
  • Inventory – hardware, software, and metering
  • Patching – Microsoft updates, third-party software, and in-house
  • Fully Functional API
Who can use it and how much does it cost?
SCCM licenses are covered under our Microsoft Campus Agreement. University Information Technology (UIT) provides and manages the servers. Any technology manager whose computers are in the CougarNet domain can use SCCM. Any interested technology manager must complete the SCCM checklist, comply with all SCCM policies such as local configuration settings to ensure proper operation and attend a UIT SCCM training session.

Which computers can be managed with SCCM and which cannot?
If your Windows 8/7/Vista computers are in the "managed" group in the CougarNet domain, they can be managed with SCCM. To see if a computer is in this managed group:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Locate the Configuration Manager icon

If the icon is not shown, SCCM cannot be used because the client has not been installed on the computer.

Who supports it?
UIT manages the SCCM servers and provides standard SCCM applications. Testing and deploying these applications, along with creating, managing and testing any department-specific applications, will be the responsibility of the technology manager. All necessary information is provided during SCCM training.

How does it work?
Most SCCM processes go unnoticed. Software updates are transmitted to each computer at a speed that allows computer tasks to proceed without interruption or delay. SCCM works in the background.

Necessary updates are applied the next time a computer powers up. For this reason, it's desirable that computers are powered down at the end of the work day. Every so often, a particular update requires a restart or multiple restarts of the computer. If someone is logged in, a reboot notification appears in the bottom right corner of the monitor.

For questions or concerns about SCCM,