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Windows 2000 Software Distribution and Management

Installing software on user desktops is one of the most time-consuming tasks for LAN administrators. Whenever a user needs new software, someone has to go to the user's workstation and perform the install manually. Secure operating systems such as Windows NT complicate this even more because security rights are often required to install many software packages. Even if users are knowledgeable enough to install software themselves, they don't always have enough security rights to do the install. Public area workstations that seem to need every application, and roaming users who use a variety of workstations complicate the problem even more. Finally, the increasing pace of new releases guarantee that software installation is a never-ending task. LAN administrators can spend most of their time just installing, upgrading, troubleshooting, and removing software from workstations. In the past, the only solution to this dilemma was complex software distribution systems such as Microsoft System Management Server 2.0.

How is Software Distribution Different in SMS?

Systems Management Server 2.0 provides advanced features for software distribution that are not handled by software installation in Windows 2000: licensing and metering, queries of workstation status prior to installation, management of distribution points, and reporting of installation success or failure. SMS also supports software distribution to all Windows platforms.



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