Hello:

currently, my main method to distribute applications in the network is SMS 2. I would rather do it with assigned packages in GPO; but I wonder, how can I monitor the progress of the distribution? In SMS, I can easily see all machines where the installation has failed, and why. In GPO, the only bit of such information is "deployment count", and even that for some reason is always zero. Could someone recommend a tool ot technique that would allow seeing details of the deployment?

thanks,

Vadim Rapp
Polyscience, Inc.
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Well since the status information is written to the eventlog you have some fun to consolidate the information. You can either have your MSIs write out custom MIFs that SMS can load into the inventory or you can deal with the fun solution. Without spending lots of $$$ you could write a VBScript to export eventlog entries for MSIEXEC and then put them in a central SQL server so that you can track your deployment.

I know, it's easier said than done but that's pretty much the only way you are going to see the status of deployment. AD Deployment is generally a hands off method where you sacrifice control and reporting in order to simplify your depoyment management.
Answered 08/30/2004 by: kkaminsk
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Yep, the only way I monitor progress is by remotely connecting to each PC and checking the event log. That's why I only do 10-20 installs at a time, because I spend an hour or two looking at those machines the next day. That's the only way. It does suck, and I hope MS does something about it.
Answered 09/01/2004 by: A-Baum
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They have, it is called Microsoft Operations Manager.
Answered 09/01/2004 by: cdupuis
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And SMS
Answered 09/01/2004 by: cdupuis
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Isn't MOM a little expensive for the desktop? I remember it being $800 per CPU a few years ago.


Commenting on AD shortcommings: The thing is Microsoft assumes you will install SMS to complete the puzzle. Both products are meant to complement each other but at the same time they are not bundled together. Also they would like you to use MOM as well but I have not been on a site where MOM is being ultilized. Maybe it's the pricing?
Answered 09/01/2004 by: kkaminsk
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MOM is cheaper than SMS, both are expensive, but these are both great solutions, and it makes our jobs easier and more effective. If the company you work for can afford it, then why not use it.
Answered 09/01/2004 by: cdupuis
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I beleive that MS offers SMS client for free as part of the MOM purchase for Enterprise customers so you dont pay per seat twice.
Answered 09/18/2004 by: MSIMaker
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