A Microsoft BackOffice application for managing an organization’s networked computers. Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) lets network administrators
For example, you can use SMS to determine which computers need updated drivers, which have sufficient free disk space to run new applications, how many copies of Microsoft Office are installed in your organization, and so on. This simplifies maintenance and upgrading tasks for network administrators.
Using SMS, you can also manage, install, and control server-based applications from a central location. You can perform network protocol analysis to locate and resolve bottlenecks on your network. Using the administrative tools of the Microsoft Windows NT operating system, administrators have a single, consistent administrative environment for managing their network assets.
SMS organizes a company’s network assets into hierarchical logical groupings of computers and domains called sites. Using the top site, an administrator can centrally manage the entire network. Sites can be designed so that sites without administrators can be managed by sites with administrators. This logical structure is scalable - as your company grows and your needs change, you can add additional sites and structure.
A typical SMS enterprise deployment might consist of the following tiers:
Software is distributed down the hierarchy, while inventory information is passed up the hierarchy. At each SMS site, inventory information is collected and forwarded to the site above it. Thus, the SMS database at the top site has complete inventory information for the entire network. From this top site, you can use the Systems Management Server Administrator program to query and view the inventory database for hardware, software, and configuration information about any computer on your network. Queries can be specific - for example, you can determine which computers in your network have Pentium processors or which systems have Office installed.
You can also use SMS to distribute and install software on clients and servers on your network, and you can schedule software distribution to minimize the impact on your system. The Systems Management Server Administrator program can
The following are additional features of SMS 2 that make it easy to use: