Overview of Configuration Manager Client Deployment

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

Client deployment in Configuration Manager 2007 refers to the planning, installation, and management of the Configuration Manager 2007 client software in your enterprise.

Topics in this section refer to deploying and managing the Configuration Manager 2007 client on computer systems. For information about using Configuration Manager 2007 with mobile devices, see Mobile Device Management in Configuration Manager.

The following table lists the various methods that you can use to install the Configuration Manager 2007 client software.

Client Installation Method Description

Client push installation

Used to target the client to assigned resources. See How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Client Push.

Software update point installation

Used to install the client using the Configuration Manager 2007 software updates feature. See How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Software Update Point Based Installation.

Group Policy installation

Used to install the client using Windows Group Policy. See How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Group Policy.

Logon script installation

Used to install the client by means of a logon script. See How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Logon Scripts.

Manual installation

Used to manually install the client software. See How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Manually.

Upgrade installation

Used to upgrade clients to a newer version. See How to Upgrade Clients Using Software Distribution in Configuration Manager.

Task sequences cannot be used to upgrade client computers.

Client Imaging

Used to pre-stage the client installation in an operating system image. See How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Computer Imaging.

After the client has installed successfully, it will attempt to assign to a site and find that site's default management point to download policy. For more information about site assignment, see About Client Site Assignment in Configuration Manager, and for more information about how clients locate their default management point, see Configuration Manager and Service Location (Site Information and Management Points).

The client's success or failure for these processes can be captured with the fallback status point if this role has been defined for the site, and the client is assigned to it. For more information about the fallback status point, see About the Fallback Status Point in Configuration Manager.

In This Section

  • About Reports for Configuration Manager Clients
    Lists the reports that provide information to help you manage and troubleshoot clients in the Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy. These include reports for both Configuration Manager 2007 clients and SMS 2003 clients, which reports require a fallback status point, and identifies the reports that help you manage clients in a native mode site.

See Also

Concepts

Best Practices for Securing Clients
Understanding Configuration Manager Clients
About the Fallback Status Point in Configuration Manager
Configuration Manager and Service Location (Site Information and Management Points)

Other Resources

Planning for Configuration Manager Client Deployment
Configuring Configuration Manager Client Deployment
Tasks for Configuration Manager Client Deployment
Technical Reference for Configuration Manager Client Deployment
Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Client Deployment

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