How to Install SCCM Tools | Managing Macs with SCCM

Managing corporate endpoints is important for a number of reasons. Be it to enforce security policies on each and every system, to handle software updates and licenses automatically, or just to minimize the IT’s workload. When setting up an endpoint management solution such as Microsoft SCCM, an organization’s administrators need to configure a number of parameters and methods for the system’s architecture. These include the method to be used to distribute the endpoint client software to existing and new systems across the organization. How are the SCCM tools installed?

Installing SCCM tools

All the additional tools that are part of Microsoft SCCM are installed automatically along with this application’s server and client software. There are various different methods for the SCCM client agent to reach the users’ client systems. Client push installation is one of those, where the client software is rolled out to selected device groups. This requires IT to have a user account with administrator rights available for each of the systems involved. Other options would be to use existing software update points, to install the SCCM client using logon scripts or to use group policies via Active Directory for installing the agent software. In this way, previously unmanaged systems can be placed under the influence of SCCM. Differences between these methods primarily include the network traffic load they cause (by many client instances being installed concurrently) and the way that the endpoint systems are integrated into the device management. As a further option, this SCCM tool, as the client agent may be called, can also be installed on corporate endpoint systems by hand via the SCCM console. This, however, is time consuming.

But how can IT teams verify that a client system has successfully been integrated into the SCCM environment and the client agent is working on the system? Firstly, this is the case if the Configuration button can be found in system control. This means that the client software has been installed. But the client software only works as intended if the endpoint system can be found and configured in the System Manager.

Using additional Tools

SCCM and its client agent both come with a large number of tools providing insights into specific functional areas. On the client side there are tools delivering overviews over policies and power indicators, for instance. On the server side, tools exist that provide insights into task queues and various libraries

There is a further issue that IT needs to address: How to distribute software packages to the client systems? Packaging required software by application purpose and user group can cause a significant lot of work for the administrators involved. However, there are third party suppliers offering, for example, software packages complete with all normally needed applications or providing tools that help making packaging easier.

Learn more

Microsoft Docs | Client Installation Methods in SCCM

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Microsoft Docs | Configuration Manager Tools

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