Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Desired Configuration Management: Software Distribution to Dynamic Computer Collection based on Compliant Status - Part 1

Implementing Desired Configuration Management (DCM) in SCCM 2007 R2, which is by default not enabled, can be very useful.
Checking if some software is installed or not, getting the compliant or not-compliant status, creating Dynamic Computer Collections based on this status and applying Software package can be ideal solution for your environment.
But let's start.
In this example I will check if FCS ForeFront client is installed or not.
First lets create Configuration Item:




In Path field write the path where FCS is installed by default C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront\Client Security\Client\SSA and put the FcsSas.exe in File or folder name field:



Click Next and Close.

Next Step is to create Configuration Baseline where the previous FCS Installed created Configuration Item will be included.



Write the name of Configuration baseline. In this case it is FCS Installed Baseline.


Choose Application and General and right from the list choose FCS Installed.

Click Next and after that Close. 

Next step is to assign this Configuration Baseline to Computer Collection  but to avoid applying the Configuration Baseline on All System computer collection you can create a Dynamic Computer Collection. I've published an article where I created a dynamic collection based on string included in computer name:

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