How to Deploy the Application Compatibility Toolkit Data Collection Package
Updated: July 1, 2010
Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
After you have created the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) data collection package (DCP), you must deploy the DCP to the Configuration Manager 2007 collection that contain the computers you plan to evaluate.
You must select the appropriate method to deploy the DCPs. The following list displays the methods you can choose from:
Configuration Manager 2007 software distribution. Use the software deployment feature in Configuration Manager 2007 to deploy the DCPs to Configuration Manager 2007 client computers. The only requirement is that the computers must be Configuration Manager 2007 clients. For more information about using Configuration Manager 2007 software distribution, see Software Distribution in Configuration Manager.
Group Policy Software Installation. Use the Group Policy Software Installation feature of Active Directory in Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server to deploy the DCPs. The only requirement is that the client computers must belong to the Active Directory forest. To use Group Policy to distribute the DCPs, create an .msi package for each DCP.
Logon scripts. Use logon scripts in Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server to initiate the installation of the DCPs. The only requirement is that a user must log on to a domain from the client computers.
Non-Microsoft deployment software. If the organization has a non-Microsoft software deployment infrastructure, use that method to deploy the DCPs. For information on the requirements of the non-Microsoft deployment software, consult the software vendor.
Manual distribution. For computers that either are not connected to the network or have slow network connections, such as small branch offices, manual distribution methods are available. These methods include distributing the collection packages through email or on physical media such as a USB flash device or CD.
The method you use for deploying the data collection package is largely based on the existing infrastructure. The preference of deployment methods is as follows:
If the organization has a Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure, Configuration Manager 2007 is the most appropriate method for deploying the data collection package.
If the organization has an Active Directory infrastructure, use Group Policy Software Installation.
If the organization has an identity and authentication infrastructure other than Active Directory, such as Windows domains, use logon scripts.
When the software deployment infrastructure is based on a non-Microsoft product, use that method.
For more information about configuring and deploying the data collection packages, see Planning in then Technical Library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91593).
For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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