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PEI’s Simple Guide to Understanding System Center Configuration Manager

By November 30, 2017September 16th, 2020Blog, Microsoft, System Center 2012
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Many of our clients are starting to look into SCCM. Here is some data as to why they want to use to leverage the platform and what it is.

System Center Configuration Manager formerly Systems Management Server, is a systems management software product developed by Microsoft for managing large groups of computers running Windows NT, Windows Embedded, macOS (OS X), Linux, or UNIX, as well as Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS, and Android mobile operating systems. Configuration Manager provides remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware and software inventory.

Short for System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM is a software management suite provided by Microsoft that allows users to manage a large number of Windows-based computers. SCCM features remote control, patch management, operating system deployment, network protection and other various services.

Note: SCCM was formerly known as Systems Management Server (SMS), originally released in 1994. In November 2007, SMS was renamed to SCCM and is sometimes called ConfigMgr.

Users of SCCM can integrate with Microsoft Intune, allowing them to manage computers connected to a business or corporate network. SCCM allows users to manage computers running the Windows or macOS, servers using the Linux or Unix, and even mobile devices running the Windows, iOS, and Android operating systems.

SCCM is available from Microsoft and can be used on a limited-time trial basis. When the trial period expires, a license needs to be purchased to continue using it.

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) components include

Policy Infrastructure Service Window Manager CCM Scheduler State System
CCM CI SDK DCM Agent DCM Reporting CI Agent
MTC CI Store CI Downloader CI Task Manager
CI State Store Content Infrastructure Software Distribution Reporting

To learn more about any of SCCM’s capabilities, you can contact us directly at or 303-974-6881!

Beth Zange-Sellers, PEI

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