Microsoft SMS

Systems Management Server

Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 provides a feature-rich management and servicing solution. You can use Microsoft SMS 2003 or System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) to manage networked Windows Embedded Standard-based devices alongside Windows desktop, Windows Server, and other Windows Mobile systems. Microsoft SMS supplies an administration console that can be used on a Windows Server 2003 system to remotely perform management functions.

Embedded device developers can use Microsoft SMS or ConfigMgr to manage the deployment of security updates to Windows Embedded Standard-based devices. Client and server components for Microsoft SMS are not included in the Windows Embedded Studio component database and must be separately obtained.

The SMS Advanced Client runs on the Windows Embedded Standard device and reports system status to the server. Windows Embedded Standard requires the SMS 2003 Advanced Client; earlier versions of SMS are not supported.

The SMS 2003 Advanced Client must be added to your configuration in Target Designer before the run-time image is built and deployed.

With SMS, you can do the following:

  • Manage embedded devices as if they are desktop computers and servers.
  • Inventory hardware and software.
  • Meter software usage.
  • Deploy updates and monitor the update installation process.
  • Generate a single status report tracking updates on all clients, servers, and embedded devices.
  • Deploy remote-boot images to a server.

Microsoft SMS provides flexible support for applying any kind of update package that the run-time image can execute. This includes desktop updates, custom scripts, and application-specific executables. If the Windows Installer Service component is included in the run-time image, you can also use SMS to deploy Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) packages for installation.