So I saw this little set of nuggets that Brian Tucker has been really good to sit down and come up with for deploying SoftGrid 22.214.171.1242 from Scratch. Its a really nice quick introduction for the die hard SMS man! So hats of to Brian for starting to become a good convert to the cause! Brian has only just released the blogcast series which look really sweet! Well Done Brian.....
However in my humble opinion I think Brian's SMS 2003 SP3 Bloopers Blogcasts were the best!!!!
The series is short and sweet and broken down into section that just about anyone will understand. Below are the key sections to the series and I hope it helps you either to determine if you will utilize the application in production, test or simply watch just to know more about this application.
Part 1 - Prerequisites and Installation
Choosing a SQL DB / SQL 2000 - 2005 or MSDE
Installing the SoftGrid server
Basic intro to the SoftGrid Admin console
Part 2 - Client Installation Methods
Installation discussion about command line switches for both .exe and .msi based clients
Manual client configuration
Active Directory Group Policy .adm template installation and configuration
Part 3 - Deploying Sequenced Applications
Importing sequenced application(s)
Verify client policy is accepted by the SoftGrid client
Clearing known configurations from clients (problematic) - Your helpdesk can reset applications on the fly to help users with applications
Part 4 - Upgrading Sequenced Applications
If you have an application that is deployed and need to upgrade, part 4 shows the basic process.
Part 5 - License Management & Provider Policies
Determining which applicaiton should be managed by a SoftGrid license manager
Setup of the license
Enforce the policy of the license in the sequenced application
Validation of failure on the SoftGrid 4.1 client
Part 6 - Reporting
Learn how simple it is to create and run reports based on applications, users, groups and system status from the SoftGrid admin console
Part 7 - Sequencing Applications
Come back in 24 hours for the last part of the series... I'm human and it's late!