In this series of SCCM 2012 Applications Concept , I will Demystify the concept of Applications in SCCM 2012 . To start with here is a brief snapshot of the new offerings in SCCM 2012 Applications :
For administrative users, the benefits of application management include the following:
- Applications in Configuration Manager support user-centric management so that you can associate specific users with specific devices. Instead of having to remember the name of a user’s device, you can now deploy software to the user and to the device. This functionality can help you make sure that the most important software is always available on each device that a specific user accesses. If a user acquires a new computer, you can automatically install the user’s applications on the device before the user logs on.
- You can send application deployments to users, devices, groups of users, or groups of devices.
- You can use requirements to control the deployment of applications to devices. For example, you can specify that an application can be installed only on computers that have more than 2 gigabytes (GB) of RAM, or specify that you want the application to install only on computers that run Windows 7. Applications are installed only on the computers that meet the specified requirements. Configuration Manager contains a set of built-in requirements called global conditions, and you can also define custom requirements.
- Users can install Windows software directly from the Application Catalog self-service website.
- Users can request approval to install software from a self-service website, the Application Catalog. Administrative users can approve or deny these requests.
- An administrative user can configure a deployment purpose and action for an application. This configuration controls whether the application is required or optional and whether the application must be installed or uninstalled. Configuration Manager periodically monitors the state of the deployment. For example, if an application has a deployment purpose ofRequired and the user uninstalls it, Configuration Manager automatically reinstalls the application.