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Microsoft Systems Management Server Topaz Software Distribution Wally MeadProgram ManagerEnterprise TeamMicrosoft Corporation

session agenda
Session Agenda
  • Changes to SMS 2.0 software distribution features
  • Removed functionality from SMS 2.0 software distribution
  • New features in Topaz software distribution
overview of changes to sms 2 0 software distribution features
Overview of Changes to SMS 2.0 Software Distribution Features
  • Functionality changes to a feature that was present in SMS 2.0
  • Quickly stopping and restarting advertisements
  • Ability to re-run advertisements
  • Maximum allowed run time
  • Advertisement countdown display
  • Additional status messaging
stopping and restarting advertisements
Stopping and Restarting Advertisements
  • Topaz menu option selection to:
    • Stop existing advertisement
    • Restart a disabled advertisement
    • Re-run existing advertisement
  • Stopping existing advertisement disables the program being advertised
  • Enabling the program makes the advertisement active again
  • Re-running existing advertisement adds a new schedule to the existing schedule of assignments
overview of removed functionality from sms 2 0
Overview of Removed Functionality from SMS 2.0
  • Functionality that was present in SMS 2.0 and is not present in Topaz
  • No longer a “Remove software when it is no longer advertised” program option
    • Used to automatically deinstall the program if the advertisement was no longer valid
  • Mobile clients do not support Windows clients software installation account
    • Use logged on user or Local System accounts
    • Desktops still support “Software Installation Account”
overview of new features in topaz software distribution
Overview of New Features in Topaz Software Distribution
  • Active Directory™ integration
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP platform targeting
  • Notification suppression
  • Add/Remove Programs integration
    • Program category support
  • Delta replication
  • MSI support improvements
  • Mobile client support
    • Roaming, BITS, MSMQ, and management points
topaz active directory targeting
Topaz Active Directory Targeting
  • Targeting computers
    • Active Directory System Discovery gathers domain, OU, AD site, and Active Directory security groups for computers
  • Targeting users
    • Active Directory User Discovery gathers domain, OU, and Active Directory security groups for users
  • Global, universal, nested groups, and non-security groups supported
topaz active directory targeting 2
Topaz Active Directory Targeting (2)
  • Any of these properties can be used to query and generate collections
    • Can integrate with SMS hardware or software inventory as well
  • Allows more complex targeting via collections:
    • All users in the Finance OU and the Remote User global group
    • All computers in the Servers OU, in the Redmond site, in the SMS Servers universal group, and having at least 512 MB of RAM
add remove programs integration
Add/Remove Programs Integration
  • In SMS 2.0, advertisements were run manually in the Advertised Programs Wizard
    • Users had to be trained to use two different methods of running programs: Add/Remove Programs and Advertised Programs Wizard
  • With Topaz, advertisements can be displayed in the Add/Remove Programs program
    • Single place for users to run programs
    • Optional on per-program basis
  • Program categories supported
    • Single category per program
delta replication
Delta Replication
  • In SMS 2.0, package updates are expensive
    • The entire package is sent down to appropriate child sites
    • The entire package is sent to each distribution point
  • With Topaz, only the updated files are distributed
    • To appropriate child sites
    • To each assigned distribution point
  • Network traffic can be reduced significantly in many cases
delta replication 2
Delta Replication (2)
  • Supports sites not using delta replication
    • SMS 2.0 child sites
  • Supports five deltas per package
    • Configurable
    • If required update delta version not available at a child site, Topaz resends entire package
  • Self-healing if a child site receives corrupt package data
delta replication example
Delta Replication Example
  • Sample package is Office XP Professional
    • CD size was 450 MB
    • Administrative share was 629 MB
    • The SMS compressed file size was 350 MB
    • It took two hours to compress locally, send to child site, and decompress at child site
  • When adding a new file (.mst) of 78 KB
    • Update file size to child site was 30 KB
    • It took two minutes to compress locally, send to child site, and decompress at child site
    • Only the 78 KB file was sent to local distribution point
msi file support improvements
MSI File Support Improvements
  • Improved MSI file support in three areas:
    • SMS Installer can write native MSI files
    • Package creation from MSI files
    • Elevated rights for MSI programs
  • No longer require Installer Step-Up utility to create MSI files from SMS Installer
    • Easy mention option in SMS Installer
  • MSI files contain all necessary data to be used as package definition file
    • Just browse to the MSI file instead of a .sms file when creating a package
msi package elevation
MSI Package Elevation
  • MSI packages can run under current user or Local System context
    • Current user to update user data
    • Local System to install files
    • A single MSI can run portions in each context
  • Topaz client processes monitor SMS advertisements to be run, and if MSI program, Topaz requests elevated rights
    • Gives elevated rights to run under Local System for portions of program that require it
    • Automated process through Topaz
overview of mobile client software distribution support
Overview of Mobile Client Software Distribution Support
  • SMS mobile clients have special features to support remote, slow, inconsistent connections to SMS servers
    • BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service)
    • MSMQ (Microsoft Message Queue)
    • Roaming
  • The Topaz desktop client does not contain any of these special features
    • Basically SMS 2.0, with enhancements already mentioned in this presentation
sms mobile client software distribution
SMS Mobile Client Software Distribution
  • BITS allows download and execute model for package execution
    • Local cache of stored programs
    • Program downloads during connections
    • Byte-level checkpoints in program downloads
    • Bandwidth sensitive to user bandwidth requirements
    • After full program downloaded, local execution can occur
  • Distribution points must be configured to support BITS
sms mobile client roaming
SMS Mobile Client Roaming
  • SMS mobile clients find a management point for the local site from Active Directory
    • Knows it assigned site’s management point from the Active Directory
  • When roaming to other sites, uses Active Directory to find a management point local to the roamed site
    • This allows discovery of local distribution points for advertised programs
    • Site properties dictate which boundaries are local versus remote
    • If no local management point, uses management point from assigned site
sms mobile client roaming 2
SMS Mobile Client Roaming (2)
  • Roaming allows policies from assigned site, but content from local site
    • MSMQ used for policy downloads
    • Policies come from local site
      • Regional versus global roaming
    • If available, the client finds a management point in roamed site to find distribution point for content
    • Each advertisement configures local versus remote distribution point handling for program
    • After full program downloaded, execution can occur
      • MP tells client if DP supports BITS
session summary
Session Summary
  • Topaz improves on the software distribution functionality of SMS 2.0
    • Many changes to make administration experience better
    • New features to add to the functionality
  • Support for mobile clients is a key addition
  • Delta replication reduces bandwidth consumption for package updates
  • Active Directory integration provides additional targeting capabilities
  • Add/Remove Programs support eases end-user confusion
  • MSI file support is improved
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