How To Publish An Application With System Center Configuration Manager 2007

To publish an application in SCCM 2007, you need to do the following:

  1. Create a Package
  2. Create a Collection of computers or users to publish the application to
  3. Create an Advertisment to advertise the package

How To Create a Package in SCCM 2007

Before publishing an application in SCCM 2007, a package needs to be created. To create a package in SCCM 2007:

  1. Log onto the SCCM server
  2. Navigate to System Center Configuration Manager -> Site Database -> Computer Management -> Software Distribution -> Packages (You may wish to navigate to or create a folder structure under here for organisational purposes)
  3. Right click Packages (or the subfolder you want to create the package in) and click New -> Package
  4. Fill in the details and click Next
  5. Put the program’s install files into a shared location (The program will need to be a file that you can do a silent install with, so the user cannot interact with it or cancel the install. You might need to package the software to create a scripted install; This process is different for each piece of software and is therefore out of the scope of this document.)
  6. Under Source version -> Source directory, specify a UNC share that the software package is stored and click Next, Next, Next, Next, Next, Next, Close
  7. A package container will now be created for the application you wish to publish. Expand this and right click Programs
  8. Click New -> Program
  9. Name the program Install and specify the command line required to run the application silently
  10. Click Next, Next
  11. Select Run with administrative rights and click Next, Next, Next, Next, Next, Close
  12. Next we need to add the package to some distribution points (I’m assuming that you have some set up already) Under the package you have created, select then right click on Distribution Points then click New Distribution Points
  13. Click Next, select some distribution points that are geographically closest to the PCs that you will be deploying your package to, click Next then Close

Now that you’ve created a package to publish in SCCM 2007, you may with to create an uninstall package in the same fashion (specifying an uninstall command line switch /x or /uninstall, typically) with steps 7-10.

How To Create a Collection in SCCM 2007

Once you’ve created your package, you need to create a collection to make a list of users or computers to publish the application to. To create a collection:

  1. Log onto the SCCM server
  2. Navigate to System Center Configuration Manager -> Site Database -> Computer Management -> Collections
  3. Right click Collections click New -> Collection
  4. Fill in the details and click Next
  5. Add the list of computers or users that you wish to publish to software to, then click Next, Next, Next, Close

Your collection is now created and can be amended later as required. You may wish to create a collection for installing the software and a collection for uninstalling the software, if you created an uninstall package.

How To Create an Advertisment in SCCM 2007

Once you’ve created your package and collection, you need to create an advertisment before publishing it in SCCM 2007. To create an advertisment:

  1. Log onto the SCCM server
  2. Navigate to System Center Configuration Manager -> Site Database -> Computer Management -> Software Distribution -> Advertisments (You may wish to navigate to or create a folder structure under here for organisational purposes)
  3. Right click Adverisments (or the subfolder you want to create the advertisment in) and click New -> Advertisment
  4. Fill in the details and click Next
  5. Set the advertisment start time to some time years in the past and the expiry years into the future. This addresses a SCCM 2007 bug. Then click Next, Next, Next, Next, Next, Close

You have now published the application in SCCM 2007.

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