SCCM Software Center Basics

This document gives you the basic overview of SCCM and Software Center

SCCM - What is it?

SCCM stands for "System Center Configuration Manager", Microsoft's enterprise-ready software for allowing IT to manage computers running Microsoft Windows. This software allows for users of computers to install software and updates without needing administrative rights on the computer.

SCCM - Where do I get it?

SCCM is installed through group policy similar to Symantec Endpoint Protection on all campus PCs. A desktop icon labeled Software Center will be visible when it is ready to use.

Typical SCCM Tasks

  • Managing which software is installed on computers (including optional and mandatory installs, and removing software)
  • Allowing users to install and remove software using an app store interface called the “Software Center"
  • Collecting statistics from client computers for reporting
  • Managing settings for devices and users
  • Migrating computers to newer operating systems
  • Deploying and managing antivirus protection
  • Remotely controlling the computer for IT incident response
It is important to note that SCCM is designed for use with Microsoft Windows computers. 

SCCM works on physical and virtual Windows systems, and SCCM services are designed with high reliability for maximum up-time. Currently, this service is available while computers are on-campus clients only. Off-campus computers (like university owned laptops) will have the client installed, but will be unable to install software while off of campus.

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

Keywords:SCCM, Software Center, Install, Software   Doc ID:73364
Owner:Michael B.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2017-05-18 10:18 CDTUpdated:2017-05-31 07:57 CDT
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