Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) Configuration Pack
For those of you whom might be familiar with MOM/OpsMgr, you would be familiar with Management Packs. But have you heard of ConfigMgr’s version of it? Introducing, Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007,
Management Configuration Packs! (Oops, got to watch not to mix them up). Alright, alright…so what does it do? Just like how OpsMgr uses Management Packs to help you capture knowledge about the health of your IT infrastructure, ConfigMgr uses Configuration Packs to help you capture knowledge about specific IT infrastructure, providing best practices configuration knowledge.
Desired configuration management in Configuration Manager 2007 allows you to assess the compliance of computers with regard to a number of configurations, such as whether the correct Microsoft Windows operating system versions are installed and configured appropriately, whether all required applications are installed and configured correctly, whether optional applications are configured appropriately, and whether prohibited applications are installed. Additionally, you can check for compliance with software updates and security settings.
Compliance is evaluated by defining a configuration baseline that contains the configuration items you want to monitor and rules that define the compliance that you require. This configuration data can be imported from the Web in Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs as best practices defined by Microsoft and other vendors, or defined within Configuration Manager, or defined externally and then imported into Configuration Manager.
Microsoft configuration packs include Configuration Manager 2007, Operations Manager 2007, Exchange Server 2007/2003, Windows Server 2003 AD/DNS/WINS, Secure Windows Client, SharePoint Server 2007/2003, SQL 2005/2000 and others. They might not be available to public yet at the "connect" website, but look out for it in the near future. Will alert you guys the soonest it gets out!