IT organizations often struggle to efficiently manage a large number of systems while still maintaining a secure environment—and deploying hardware, firmware, and software updates in these environments can be fraught with challenges. Efficiently managing system updates requires using a management solution that can scale and automate update deployment in a reliable way. To help meet this need, Dell and Microsoft have collaborated to simplify and accelerate hardware configuration and deployment through an integrated solution that combines Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and DellTM Hardware Update Catalogs.
Administrators can use Dell Hardware Update Catalogs to import Dell BIOS, firmware, driver, and application updates for Dell business clients and servers into Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, where they can be seamlessly integrated with the security updates feature in System Center Configuration Manager. Administrators can then easily scan and push these updates out to the appropriate systems.Dell provides two catalogs that integrate with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager: the Dell Business Client Update Catalog and the Dell Server Update Catalog. The Business Client Update Catalog covers several Dell business clients, including the Dell OptiPlexTM 960 desktop, Dell LatitudeTM E-Family laptops, and Dell PrecisionTM workstations. The Server Update Catalog includes eighth-generation and later Dell PowerEdgeTM server models. Managing Dell updates by combining these catalogs with System Center Configuration Manager can offer multiple advantages in enterprise environments, including enabling a single administrator to manage updates across a variety of hardware devices, minimizing reboots and interruptions for end users, and simplifying ongoing update deployment.
By Greg Ramsey and Donnie Taylor
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