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The Connect IT
October, 2016 utdallas.edu/oit/newsletter/

OIT Managed SCCM

Microsoft System Center Do you want to have the latest security patches on your department’s PCs, but don’t have the time to manually update them all? Seek no further! The Office of Information Technology (OIT) initiated a project to transfer operational responsibility of Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) from ISO to OIT.

The project began with an infrastructure design that was passed to Microsoft for validation. From there, hardware was purchased to provide the correct resources. The new environment spans across several machines to distribute the load and increase fault tolerance. A separate test environment that mirrors production was also created to ensure any updates or changes to the system and system roles are fully vetted before going into use.

OIT's initial push will center on the replacement of McAfee anti-virus with the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP). Our license for McAfee expired in August, so new application updates will no longer be available to those hosts running that product. Any machines still running McAfee will become more vulnerable as time progresses.

OIT will be using SCCM for third-party patch delivery on PCs supported by TCS. As these packages are developed and thoroughly tested, we will offer our premade packages to distributed IT.

Additionally, we encourage technicians who wish to have access to SCCM to submit an Atlas ticket requesting access. Once access is available, please do not hesitate to ask to see a hands-on demonstration of the product or if you have any questions about its functionality and capabilities.

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