Using Microsoft software with local and remote hardware is a great way to support an enterprise environment, because with using these programs your technical support team can manage and maintain the organization’s systems. An example is of this using Microsoft’s System Center and Microsoft’s Windows Server Update Services running on local and remote virtual servers. (Microsoft System Center, 2007) System Center Configuration Manager 2007 comprehensively assesses, deploys, and updates your servers, clients, and devices—across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments.
SCCM client is installed on the organization’s computers or servers via during imaging or pushed out through group policy. This comprehensive tool can be used for the following: asset intelligence, software update management, desired configuration management, software distribution, operating system deployment, and power management. My organization uses SCCM to deploy operating systems, make software available, asset management, and remote desktop. Our technical support team uses this software tool to remote into end users computer for support, as well as pushing out new software or updates through a task sequencer. Technet Microsoft, 2010) Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables information technology administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to computers that are running the Windows operating system. By using this service, administrators can manage which updates are available for the organization’s computers. This is controlled by installing a client on the either the organization’s computers or servers that check in with the WSUS server. System administrators can control what windows or server updates are released for installation.
Microsoft releases their update on the second Tuesday of each month or other known as Super Tuesday or Patch Tuesday. Our system administrator at my organization allows a group of super user to install the updates on their computers and test them for a week. If no problems occur with any of the active programs, the system administrator will download the updates to the WSUS services for release to the rest of the organization’s computers or servers. (VMware, 2010) Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization.
My organization has deployed remote server strategically throughout the regions. These servers are both running SCCM and WSUS in a virtual environment. We did this to save bandwidth across the regions. We did not want over 8000 computers trying to update across the network at one time, so instead we deployed a few servers out into the regions that pull their updates from the primary SCCM and WSUS servers in the main datacenter. We saved money by reducing our bandwidth and overall physical server foot print by virtualization of both software packages on one server.
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