Deploy, Monitor, and Manage Applications
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides tools to manage the lifecycle of your applications including:
You can use Configuration Manager to create applications for a wide range of devices including Windows computers, Mac computers, virtual applications, and many mobile devices.
The user-centric features of the product let you deploy software to a user, not just to a device, meaning that the software the user needs to be productive is always available when they log in.
The following topics cover key tasks that can help you to empower users by making their applications available when they need them.
Before you begin
Review the following information to give you the basic concepts you need to manage applications in Configuration Manager.
Use the following information to help you to create and manage Configuration Manager applications.
Create applications that contain the software you want to deploy to users and devices.
Create deployment types within an application that contains different configurations for the software you want to install. For example, you can configure a full installation of the software on a user’s primary device and a virtual version of the application that installs on devices that the user does not use every day.
After you create an application, Configuration Manager provides a range of management tasks to manage applications. For example, you can retire applications that are no longer required, manage the content files for the application, and perform simulated deployments that test the applications applicability to devices.
After you have created applications and deployment types, you can deploy them to users and devices in your organization. By using user device affinity, you can create relationships between users and their devices to ensure that users receive the correct version of the software. The following topics cover key tasks to help you walk through application deployment.
Configuration Manager generates detailed statistics about application deployment that help you monitor the success of deployments and also can help to troubleshoot problems.
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