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SCCM Applications - What are they?

What are applications?

System Centre 2012 Configuration Manager introduces a new software deployment model, in addition to traditional 'Packages and Program's' that were used in previous versions of Configuration Manager and now uses a more flexible software deployment called 'Applications'.

Applications are managed in the System Centre 2012 Configuration Manager at: \software Library\Overview\Application Management\Applications, as shown below:


Usually when visiting a customer site, I'm given documentation (Joining Instructions) about the course. These vary in quantity, not quite War And Peace, but some details can be very verbose, others somewhat sketchy and vague.  Usually when reviewing them the three most important items I look for are:



Recently I have experienced  polar opposites in terms of both communication, but also my level of satisfaction as a result. Both times it was all about managing my expectations.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

I hear this expression often, particularly in the software development world where it is a constant source of frustration that those tasked with fixing something broken are the very people previously prevented from taking proactive action to prevent the break from occurring. It doesn't become their problem until it becomes a problem - and the impact to the business creates a time pressure that produces a reactive fix of poor quality. But it works...

From Know-How to Do-How

" If know-how is knowing what to do to make change happen, do-how is doing what needs to be done - There's a BIG difference"

Everyone knows that change can be hard. Sometimes you feel yourself going round in circles, revisiting the same challenges time and again. But there is another way, and it need not be complicated.

jQuery Templates are now dead

In November 2010, Steven Walther wrote on his blog about the decision by Microsoft to support jQuery, and announced a closer tie between Microsoft and jQuery. John Resig had agreed to consider accepting plugins that had been written by Microsoft. Resig and Scott Guthrie had appeared together at the MIX10 conference earlier that year, and by November, Microsoft announced that three of their plugins had been accepted as part of the official jQuery plugins library:

Agile projects 3 times more successful than non-Agile projects!

According to the CHAOS Manifesto from the Standish Group Agile projects are successful three times more often than non-Agile projects!

The report goes so far as to say, “The Agile process is the universal remedy for software development project failure. Software applications developed through the Agile process have three times the success rate of the traditional waterfall method and a much lower percentage of time and cost overruns.” (this is from page 25) 

So an important question is what is Project success?



LightSwitch is an interesting new development from Microsoft. It’s like a combination of Access, Frontpage, Visual Studio and more. It allows non-techie people to quickly create data-driven apps, then deploy them as a Windows app, a Web app or a Cloud app! In other words, the app can be hosted by a client PC, one of your own servers, or by a server somewhere in the cloud.


Blog Post by Tim Finch on 27 September 2012

App Development, Microsoft change the rules

I've been using Microsoft MVC for a few years now, so I was, of course interested in the new MVC 3 (released early 2011).

And what a surprise - there's a whole new language called Razor!

I can still use traditional "code-behind" files (.aspx), but I'm being encouraged to use Razor instead.  At 1st glance, Razor looks a bit like Classic ASP, but in fact it's got more in common with Haml (or NHaml).

It's all about the money, money, money - or is it?

It's all about the price or is it??Maybe it is who we are engaging with at the moment.  Or maybe our sales team have learnt a new question to ask.  Maybe it is the way the world is now, after all Greece is still on the edge of imploding, if you would believe everything you read.  But I seem to be getting an increase number of tenders and proposal through for their varying clients.

Microsoft Windows Server 8 has arrived

Windows Server 8Microsoft Windows Server 8 has arrived, (well at least in Beta version) and the message from Microsoft is clear.  Its here to challenge VMware and Citrix for cloud hosting to supply services, data storage and applications for private organisations, and hosting providers.

The ITIL Service Lifecycle

ITIL introduces us to the Service Lifecycle, 5 modules:

  • Service Strategy
  • Service Design
  • Service Transition
  • Service Operation
  • Continual Service Improvement

Under these 5 modules sit 26 processes, the below diagram illustrates these and where they and the modules fit within the Service Lifecycle:

ITIL Lifecycle