Distributing Software

Chapter 3, "Understanding SMS Features," in the Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide introduced the concepts behind Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 software distribution, including:

  • The general benefits of automating software distribution using SMS.

  • The major components involved in SMS software distribution.

  • The issues that software distribution can face, and that a proper deployment of SMS can minimize.

Software distribution consists of a series of specific but flexible tasks. This chapter describes those tasks, the preparations you must make to perform the tasks, and the procedures to distribute software.

In This Chapter

  • Preparing to Distribute Packages

  • Managing Packages

  • Managing Advertisements

  • Monitoring Software Distributions

  • Using Software Distribution Tools and Wizards

  • Running Advertised Programs on SMS Clients

  • Software Distribution Common Practices

  • Software Distribution Best Practices

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