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Package Delivery to Devices

5/4/2012

Configuration Manager 2007 and Device Manager 2011 provide three features that deliver packages or software to devices. These features use advertisements to send notifications to a collection of devices that specify that a program, software update deployment, or task sequence is available.

The following table shows the delivery features in Configuration Manager and Device Manager 2011, feature descriptions, the wizards that you can use for package delivery, and the type of packages that the features support.

Feature Description Wizard Package type

Software distribution for Configuration Packages

A feature in Device Manager 2011 used to distribute configuration packages to the devices in the enterprise. For more information about advertising a configuration package, see Configuration Package Advertisements.

New Advertisement Wizard

Configuration packages

Software distribution

A feature in Configuration Manager that can be used to distribute packages with software applications to the devices in the enterprise. Use the Manage Distribution Points Wizard to copy, update, refresh, or delete package data on distribution points so that programs in the current package can be advertised to devices. Use the Distribute Software Wizard to distribute an existing software distribution package or create a new package and then distribute it to devices. For more information about software distribution, see Software Distribution in Configuration Manager Help. For more information about the Manage Distribution Points Wizard, see Manage Distribution Points Wizard in Configuration Manager Help. For more information about the Distribute Software Wizard, see Distribute Software Wizard in Configuration Manager Help.

Manage Distribution Points Wizard

Distribute Software Wizard

Packages other than configuration packages

Software Updates

A feature in Configuration Manager that consists of a set of tools and resources to help track and apply software updates to devices in the enterprise. Software updates are delivered to devices in Configuration Manager by creating software update deployments. For more information about software updates, see Software Updates in Configuration Manager Help. For more information about the Deploy Software Updates Wizard, see Deploy Software Updates Wizard in Configuration Manager Help.

Deploy Software Updates Wizard

Deployment packages

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