Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) is designed to comprehensively assess, deploy, and update your servers, clients, and devices across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments. It is optimised for Windows environments and is extensible beyond, which is why it is seen as one of the leading deployment and management solutions for IT infrastructures.
Building on its predecessor Systems Management Software (SMS), SCCM can scale to provide management and deployment capability across large environments. Key features include:
- Server Roles and Distribution Points - SCCM is role based which allows you to split and host functions on different servers.
- Operating System Deployment – This includes “binary delta replication” for changes and task sequencing allowing you automate such tasks as user state migration or driver installation during the OS deployment process.
- Support for Mobile Devices - Enables you to manage mobile devices such as Windows Mobile, smartphones and Pocket PC like desktops and servers.
- Maintenance Windows – Allows the restriction of installations to a specific time window. If some of the computers in the collection are not online during this period, SCCM will try it again next day.
- Software Update Management - Patch management that is tightly integrated with Microsoft WSUS and also provides support for deployment templates.
- Desired Configuration Management - Using baseline scans, you can ensure that a collection of computers is compliant to several predefined configuration aspects.
- NAP integration - SCCM supports integration with the new Network Access Protection (NAP) feature within Windows Server 2008.