How to Create a Package from a Package Definition File

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

In addition to being created manually, packages can also be created using a previously existing package definition file. This package definition file is a template that specifies all the information that Configuration Manager 2007 needs about a package except where to find its source files. (For more information about package definition files, see About Package Definition Files. In addition, information about the format is available at About the Package Definition File Format.)

Once created, Configuration Manager 2007 displays the new package in the Configuration Manager console, and by default it adds Read permission for the local user access account and Full control permissions for the administrator group.

It is recommended that you review all the settings for the package after importing it from a package definition file to ensure the settings are appropriate for your installation requirements.


You must have Create permissions for the Package Security object type to create a package. For more information about security permissions, see Classes and Instances for Object Security in Configuration Manager.

To create a package from a package definition file

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Software Distribution.

  2. Right-click Packages, point to New, and then click Package from Definition.

  3. Use the Create Package from Definition Wizard to create a software distribution package based on an existing package definition file, specifying general information, data source, distribution settings, and other information for the new package.

    For additional information about this wizard, see Create Package From Definition Wizard.

See Also


About Package Definition Files
About Packages
About the Package Definition File Format

Other Resources

Software Distribution Overview
Create Package From Definition Wizard

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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