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Key tasks in Software Management Solution 7.1 SP2

Created: 22 Mar 2012 • Updated: 22 Mar 2012
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Software Management Solution lets you distribute and manage the software that is used in your organization.

In the following table are links to articles that explain the key tasks and topics in Software Management Solution.

Task Description
Configure the default settings for Managed Software Delivery policies. Configuration settings control the behavior of Managed Software Delivery policies. Rather than configuring these settings individually for each policy, you can configure the default settings that apply to all new Managed Software Delivery policies. Then you can change the settings for a specific policy only when needed.
See Configuring the default settings for Managed Software Delivery
Perform an advanced software delivery. Managed Software Delivery simplifies your advanced software deliveries by letting you deliver software as a unit, which can include multiple software resources and their dependencies. For example, you can create a single Managed Software Delivery policy that installs an application and its associated patches and service packs. Managed Software Delivery can also run any task at any stage of the delivery.
See Performing an advanced software delivery
Perform a quick delivery of a single software resource. You can perform a quick delivery of a single software resource that runs with minimum configuration. You can use the task-based Quick Delivery method to specify the software to deliver, the action to perform, and the computers to deliver to. Because the software resources and the delivery settings are predefined, Quick Delivery makes it easy for administrators and non-administrators to deliver software.
See Performing a quick delivery of a single software resource
Deliver a package without defining a software resource. You can perform a quick delivery of a single software resource that runs with minimum configuration. You can use the task-based Quick Delivery method to specify the software to deliver, the action to perform, and the computers to deliver to. Because the software resources and the delivery settings are predefined, Quick Delivery makes it easy for administrators and non-administrators to deliver software.
See Delivering a package without defining a software resource
Deliver software to fulfill user requests. By using the Software Portal, users can request and install software through a Web-based interface with little or no administrator involvement.
See About the Software Portal
Manage Windows Installer installations on client computers. You can proactively identify and repair broken applications on selected computers. If an application needs repair, a repair command is sent to the Windows Installer service to initiate self-repair.
See Repairing Windows Installer applications
You can update the source paths of Windows Installer applications with resilient source paths. The updated source paths point to the package servers that you designate. If an application needs modification or repair, Windows Installer can access the needed installation file from one of these servers.
See Updating the source paths of Windows Installer applications
Manage virtual applications. You can use software virtualization to facilitate the management of most Windows-based software on managed computers. Software virtualization lets you avoid conflicts between applications and quickly restore a broken application to its original installed state.
See Managing virtual applications