There are many servers, desktops, as well as mobile devices, that you need to protect from the evils lurking on your network. You must deploy new applications and update them, and also apply patches to fix bugs or vulnerabilities. This is your first line of defense. You can also make sure your systems are secure from malware while you’re at this. You only need one tool to do everything.
Microsoft System Center Configuration manager (SCCM), allows you to manage software and data from one platform. SCCM can be more than a tool. It can make you a superhero if you are a competent and well-directed administrator. Here are some ways SCCM can save the day.
SCCM allows you to set up policies that protect your clients’ computers from malware threats. Endpoint Protection (SCEP), System Center’s version Windows Defender, can be managed through SCCM. Microsoft policies are available, but you can also create your own policies. These policies will automate tasks such as the scan schedule, the folder or file types to be scanned and the actions to take when threats are detected.
While Microsoft prefers you to use their virus detection software, SCCM allows third-party products such as Bitdefender and Kaspersky. Microsoft also offers SCCM and SCEP agents that can work with AV systems on your UNIX or Linux systems.
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SCCM can be used in conjunction with System Center Operations Manager SCOM to monitor many elements of applications and systems. Microsoft removes a lot of the hassle from monitoring, just like with malware policies. Microsoft offers a variety of Management Packs to suit different monitoring scenarios such as:
Server and service availability
Monitoring your general health
Software update synchronization status
Software metering (usage data) data collected
Distribution point configuration monitoring.
Distribution points (DP), are an essential part of Configuration Manager setup. Software updates, OS deployments, app management all depend on having a well-organized set of points. There are content files that can be used to update, patch, and other purposes. are ‘pushed’ or ‘pulled’ to the devices to update.
It is important to monitor your distribution points regularly to ensure they are healthy, have the correct distribution content, and have enough storage space. Monitoring is possible with the SCCM management pack. This allows you to make sure that each DP is properly connected. You’ll also find tools from the SCCM community, such as System Center Dudes.
Many organizations are subjected to industry and government regulations regarding how their IT infrastructure operates. Most companies that have web commerce sites will need to adhere to the Payment Card Industry (PCI), Data Security Standards. Compliance regulations will be required of all financial institutions, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as those working in defense.
SCCM’s Desired Configuration Management (DCM) allows you to define the configuration baselines you need in order to meet compliance requirements. The Configuration Manager console allows you to monitor compliance and provide reports.
Patching Powers Activate
External compliance requirements require that all software be up-to-date with vendor-provided updates. However, you don’t need a third-party to tell you when and how to apply patches. According to a 2017 study, security breaches can be caused by insufficient patching of known vulnerabilities. It’s not easy to use an automated patch management tool.
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