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

  2. Session Agenda • Changes to SMS 2.0 software distribution features • Removed functionality from SMS 2.0 software distribution • New features in Topaz software distribution

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Advertisement HandlingScreen Shot

  6. Maximum Allowed Run TimeScreen Shot

  7. Advertisement CountdownScreen Shot

  8. 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when it is no longer advertised” program option • Used to automatically deinstall the program if the advertisement was no longer valid • Mobile clients do not support Windows clients software installation account • Use logged on user or Local System accounts • Desktops still support “Software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”

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Active Directory TargetingScreen Shot

  13. Windows XP Platform TargetingScreen Shot

  14. Notification SuppressionScreen Shot

  15. 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

  16. Add/Remove Programs SupportScreen Shot

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. SMS Installer MSI File CreationScreen Shot

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. Enabling BITS on a Distribution PointScreen Shot

  26. 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

  27. Mobile Client RoamingScreen Shot

  28. 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

  29. Mobile Client AdvertisementsScreen Shot

  30. 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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