How to Deploy Software to Mobile Devices
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
The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Mobile Device Management feature uses packages to distribute software to mobile device clients. Software can be deployed to mobile devices managed by Configuration Manager in much the same way software is distributed to computer clients.
Although Configuration Manager enables you to easily install software on multiple mobile devices, you must still follow the licensing agreements for any commercial software you use.
Distributing software to mobile devices requires the following steps:
Create a package for software distribution.
Specify distribution points for software distribution. (This step is required only if the software distribution package includes source files.)
Create a program for software distribution.
Advertise the program to collections of mobile devices.
Individual wizards are available to complete each of these tasks individually but the Distribute Software to Devices Wizard includes steps for the entire process.
To distribute software to mobile devices clients requires the following:
The Configuration Manager mobile device client must be installed on the mobile device. For more information, see How to Install or Upgrade the Mobile Device Management Client.
Software distribution to mobile device clients must be enabled. For more information, see How to Enable Distribution Points to Support Mobile Devices.
One or more Configuration Manager 2007 distribution points must be enabled for mobile device software distribution. For more information, see How to Enable Distribution Points to Support Mobile Devices.
Use the following procedure to open the Distribute Software to Devices Wizard:
To open the Distribute Software to Devices Wizard
In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Software Distribution / Packages.
Right-click Packages, navigate to Distribute, and then click Software to Devices. The Distribute Software to Devices Wizard opens.
Follow the steps of the Distribute Software to Devices Wizard to distribute software to mobile devices.
All .cab files to be distributed to Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and newer mobile devices must be signed before distribution. Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003 does not support running signed .cab files. Signed .cab files distributed to Pocket PC 2003 mobile devices will fail to run.
Programs for desktop computers cannot run programs on mobile devices.
When the distributed package is downloaded and run on a mobile device, the software will be installed. A cabinet file (.cab) will be left in the \Temp folder on the mobile device. The size of the file will depend upon the size of the file distributed to the mobile devices. For more information about the Distribute Software to Devices Wizard, see Distribute Software to Devices Wizard.
For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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