System Center, in particular Config Manager aka SCCM, is becoming more and more popular with customers and clients at work. People looking to start enhancing and automating tasks such as OS deployment, app distribution, patch management etc as well as those who’ve started down this path, often with Altiris, and are now looking for a more rounded solution, are all asking for/happy to listen to information about SCCM. There’s more info on SCCM as a product here but in this post I specifically want to talk about the Dashboard that’s in beta.
About the Dashboard
System Center Config Manager Dashboard’s aim is to make it even easier for IT administrators to access and digest key information about their network and infrastructure, quickly and effortlessly even when not at the Management Console. The Dashboard lets you:
- Track OS & App deployments
- Track Security updates
- Check the health status of computers
- Check compliance with IT regulations
all via a customizable web interface. It’s based on Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) so it’s key features include:
*I will try and confirm is this is limited to Dundas or whether SAP’s Crystal Xcelsius can be used here too.
Join the Beta Program
Sign up to the English only Beta here.
How it works:
Here’s a great diagram from the technet site:
The Process Flow goes a little something like this:
The Technet page is here: