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    Whos using SCCM?

    Hi,

    I am just wondering who is using SCCM please? What where the reasons you decided to go down this route please?

    Thanks

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    I am going to be using it as soon as I can figure out how the hell to get it installed. Ive got a thread on here somehere about my woes trying to get 2012 RC installed. If you manage it I would love some pointers

    The reasons I want to use it are

    a) cheaper than ghost which i would like to replace
    b) software audits
    c) will hopefull make deployments easier
    d) required for Forefront Endpoint Protection which I would like to replace sophos with
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    Have you see the blog posts on here about how to install it?

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    only for 2007 I havent seen any for 2012 ?

    edit: Im sure the functionality of it is pretty much the same but I cant even get past the pre-requesite check to even begin getting it installed :P
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    Hi OP. There is a load of information over on my blog EduGeek.net - TheScarfedOne - Blogs on setup and some of the things you can use it for - to manage your estate basically.

    Everything from OS, to Apps, to compliance, to audit, to security (Bitlocker), to standardisation....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheScarfedOne View Post
    Hi OP. There is a load of information over on my blog EduGeek.net - TheScarfedOne - Blogs on setup and some of the things you can use it for - to manage your estate basically.

    Everything from OS, to Apps, to compliance, to audit, to security (Bitlocker), to standardisation....
    Thanks for the stuff you have uploaded. What was the main selling point for you please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    only for 2007 I havent seen any for 2012 ?
    As tehscarfedone has pointed out his blog, But also if your a twitter person, You can always reach out to auteched and they might have a few pointers about it as well.

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    I have used it now for the last year, at a secondary school which I managed. The key reason we implemented it was the saving on anti-virus protection. But it does so much more out of the box, simple OS and software deployment’s with reporting. Personally it has it faults but testing SCCM 2012 these don’t exist anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djwingfield View Post
    I have used it now for the last year, at a secondary school which I managed. The key reason we implemented it was the saving on anti-virus protection. But it does so much more out of the box, simple OS and software deployment’s with reporting. Personally it has it faults but testing SCCM 2012 these don’t exist anymore.
    Saving on AV? I didnt know it had one built in?

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    SCCM is a pre-requesite for using Forefront Endpoint Protection afaik

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    Thats correct Rabbie Burns with SCCM 2007, you do need SCCM to manage your FEP clients. But with SCCM 2012 its a role stright out of the box.

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    Yep been using 2007 for a couple of years now at my largest primary and I love it.
    I initially looked into it when I was looking for a decent way to deploy software rather than gpo but saw that it did so much more.
    The big seller for me is the power of Task Sequences as there's so much you can do with them. For example you have fine control of how an OS is deployed and apps are installed. Using a TS for software deployments can be a Godsend; I had a particularly awkward bit of software that needed to go on approx 200 machines and needed lots of prerequisites and frequent manual reboots, the TS was scheduled to wake the machines up overnight, then work its way through checking the prereq and installing and rebooting if necessary, then shutting down. In the morning I just checked the report to mop up any problems.

    Edit: Oh I should also inform that I found it (like most other people I think) and absolute sod to get up and running, but well worth the effort.
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    Set it up primarily for Remote Tools as worked out cheaper than VNC for the amount we needed but am aiming to do a hell of a lot more with it when time allows (deployment, hardware/software reports, WSUS etc). Having a remote tool to dial into staff workstations has in itself been a god send and to have a group of usefull tools in one interface is brill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davit2005 View Post
    to have a group of usefull tools in one interface is brill.
    I concur, SCCM really does wrap up lots of admin tasks into one interface.

    Oh and another thing I should mention, throw RAM at it like its going out of fashion

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    We're testing it at the moment to save on AV as others have mentioned above, and I'm not lying when I say it took me 2-3 days to get it installed and finding clients/deploying the client software.

    This forum helped me more than most - how can I configure SCCM 2007 SP1 in Windows Server 2008 - www.windows-noob.com

    Then, use the logs to work out why your client won't deploy (as it probably won't initially!!) the BITS Transfer Log (the BITS bandwidth may need to be increased, it was deploying at 25kb/s for me initially) and the SCCM Log - "ccmsetup" in System32.

    Once you've cracked it though, it works great.

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