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Out-of-the-Boxing Day Blues: Top Customizations and Add-Ins for System Center Configuration Manager

Why stick with the out of the box features of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager when there are so many great add-ins and customizations available?

Here is a list of favorites:

Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor add-on for System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Have you ever wanted to be able to launch a KVM Remote Control session from within SCCM?  Have you ever wanted to make use of the Alarm Clock feature in AMT to wake up or turn on a computer at a specific time?  Now you can with the Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor add-on for System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Download the Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor add-on for System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Citrix XenApp Connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

The Citrix XenApp Connector for Configuration Manager simplifies application management by enabling System Center administrators to publish and manage enterprise applications across the desktop and XenApp server farm environment from the Configuration Manager console. By leveraging existing Configuration Manager components to orchestrate application deployment to XenApp Servers, administrators can manage all enterprise applications with a single management infrastructure, toolset, and set of administrative tasks. Try Citrix XenApp Connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP

The extensions enable Configuration Manager 2007 to consume Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) data streams, assess systems for compliance, and generate report results in SCAP format by taking advantage of the compliance checking capabilities inherent in the desired configuration management (DCM) feature.Download the System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP

HP Insight Control Integration for System Center Configuration Manager

HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center provides seamless integration of the unique ProLiant and BladeSystem manageability features into Microsoft System Center. Licensed as part of HP Insight Control, these extensions deliver comprehensive system health and alerting, driver and firmware updates, OS deployment, detailed inventory, and proactive virtual machine management in a flexible, easy to install package. And HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center is backed by HP Service and Support, ensuring timely service when you need it most.Download the HP Insight Integration for System Center Configuration Manager

Hewlett-Packard Server Updates Catalog for System Center Configuration Manager 2007

The HP Server Updates Catalog for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 enables IT administrators to use Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to automatically manage and distribute HP ProLiant server system software, firmware, and complete ProLiant Support Packs (PSP). With the HP Catalog, customers can manage HP server inventory and software updates with the same ease they use to manage operating system updates.More info on the Hewlett-Packard Server Updates Catalog for System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Dell OpenManage™ Integration Suite for System Center Configuration Manager

To further streamline and simplify essential IT tasks, Dell offers the OpenManage™ Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center, a portfolio of software tools to help you improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your IT operations.Dell Server Management Pack Suite 4.1 enables System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 and System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 to discover, monitor and accurately depict the status of Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, Dell PowerVault™ storage, Dell Remote Access Controllers (DRAC) and Dell Blade Chassis Management Controllers (CMC) on a defined network segment. Dell Server Deployment Pack Suite 1.2 is an easy-to-use, graphical user interface (GUI)-based tool that integrates directly into the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 console. Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for ConfigMgr 1.3 helps simplify and improve operating system deployment on Dell 11th-generation PowerEdge™ servers. Dell Client Deployment Pack 1.2 installs as a plug-in to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 to help simplify the image deployment process on Dell business client PCs (Dell Precision™ workstations, OptiPlex™ desktops and Latitude™ laptops) in your enterprise environment. Dell Server Update Catalogs and Dell Client Update Catalogs, used in conjunction with System Center Configuration Manager or System Center Essentials 2010, scan and automate patching of system BIOS, firmware, drivers and application updates for Dell™ PowerEdge™ tower, rack and blade servers and Dell Precision™ workstations, OptiPlex™ desktops and Latitude™ laptops

SCCM Self Service Extension by SCCM Expert for System Center Configuration Manager

SCCM Self Service extends Configuration Manager to include complete self-service for end users and support staff by providing dynamic approval workflow, license management, and installation scheduling features.Try SCCM Self Service Extension by SCCM Expert for System Center Configuration Manager

IT Analytics for System Center

IT Analytics extends System Center’s core reporting capabilities by leveraging the technologies in Microsoft’s Application Platform and Business Intelligence solutions.Try IT Analytics for System Center

BDNA Normalize for System Center Configuration Manager

BDNA Normalize transforms your hardware and software inventory data from sources including Microsoft ConfigMgr, into actionable information.The normalization process filters and organizes your inventory data, then clarifies the current manufacturer and product names in addition to identifying software suites. Finally, normalization enriches the discovered product information with additional attributes including non-discoverable market data such as Windows 7 compatibility and support end-of-life dates.Download a Free Trial of BDNA Normalize for System Center Configuration Manager

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