Chapter 3, "Understanding SMS Features," in the Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide introduced the concepts behind Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 software distribution, including:
The general benefits of automating software distribution using SMS.
The major components involved in SMS software distribution.
The issues that software distribution can face, and that a proper deployment of SMS can minimize.
Software distribution consists of a series of specific but flexible tasks. This chapter describes those tasks, the preparations you must make to perform the tasks, and the procedures to distribute software.
In This Chapter
Preparing to Distribute Packages
Monitoring Software Distributions
Using Software Distribution Tools and Wizards
Running Advertised Programs on SMS Clients
Software Distribution Common Practices
Software Distribution Best Practices
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