Aapo Kettunen, the SCCM expert at Centero, says Centero has developed a new, essential feature to Centero Software Manager’s CSM for SCCM -version.

“The new task sequence feature expands the use of CSM to cover even the workstation installation process. With this feature the task sequence chains in SCCM can be managed automatically”, says Kettunen, and continues:

“The task sequence feature is something our clients have been asking for, and it is now in its preview stage. A new version of SCCM was released this spring, and as soon as the interface opened, we started developing the feature for our clients. Task sequence feature allows importing application updates to task sequence automatically, without any manual labor.”

 

Task sequence feature saves dozens of hours a year

CSM’s new feature, that automatizes processing the application installation steps in task sequence, takes a significant workload off the admins.

“Our clients have been asking for this kind of a feature, meaning there’s obviously a high demand for a task sequence feature among the CSM-users”, explains Janne Tjäder from the CSM development team.

According to Tjäder, CSM’s task sequence feature benefits the clients’ day-to-day tasks in more than one way.

“Our statistics show, that the ten CSM-supported applications with most frequent updates average a new version release as often as once every 24 hours. If processing every manual task takes about 15 minutes, delivering the tasks manually takes more than hour a week for just the ten most frequently updated software – and that’s more than 60 hours a year”, Janne Tjäder calculates.

The new feature automatizes task sequence processing, meaning the tasks no longer depend on anyone’s memory, and the workstations stay up to date without putting a load on the admin. In addition to saving time, the task sequence feature also introduces an additional cyber security benefit for the CSM-users, as the system versions are up to date starting from the minute a device is deployed.

An admin is usually dealing with plenty of tasks simultaneously. There can be several task sequences that need processing at once, or, within one task sequence, the client might want an application to be installed to different locations, on specific device models, or on different profiles. Processing these kinds of tasks manually, counting solely on your memory is a huge load.

“When tasks are updated manually, it’s far more likely that some application is not running its latest version release. Processing task sequences manually and counting on your memory is not foolproof; you might always forget something.

For example, a Flash last updated six months ago is an obvious vulnerability and might end up exploited in a cyber attack. With CSM’s automatic task processing you can avoid these slips in installation steps”, Centero’s SCCM-expert Aapo Kettunen says.

 

“CSM offers significant benefits for application updates”

CSM for SCCM’s task sequence feature is currently in preview-stage testing in Keskisuomalainen media house. Information system architect Arto Voutilainen from Keskisuomalainen says that the task sequence functionality is, in his opinion, all in all an excellent idea. With the task sequence feature eliminating the need to worry about the application updates, the user gets the easier-than-ever CSM they were expecting. With just a few days into testing Voutilainen has already seen some of the new feature’s tangible benefits in practice.

“In addition to application updates for standardized products, the task sequence feature saves time and effort when putting together new devices for users. With new devices it’s easy to overlook the necessary changes in updates, or the updates might take place only a couple of times a year. Thanks to the new task sequence functionality, all this can be dealt with automatically, and already when putting together a new device”, says Arto Voutilainen.

According to Voutilainen, the savings created by the task sequence feature are most significant in companies that have outsourced their IT-operations and have a large number of often-updated applications preinstalled. In some cases task sequence can also be used to install significant application entities, where the updates can be imported directly into the sequence.

“The new CSM features are without a doubt a big help to everyone, with update processing now even more automatic and effortless than before”, Voutilainen feels.

According to Voutilainen, Keskisuomalainen has been using Centero Software Manager for more than 2 years. The corporation’s environment has about 1,200 workstations.

“We’ve been really happy, because CSM offers significant benefits to application updates. There have been similar products on the market, but Centero Software Manager’s take on updates is in a way smarter and more effortless, because Centero’s installation package is always tested in advance, and we always get the installation packages customized according to our needs”, Arto Voutilainen sums up his user experience.

 

Make use of the task sequence feature by updating your SCCM

Centero’s task sequence feature is a step towards a new CSM for SCCM service package with even more features.

Task sequence feature is available for those CSM for SCCM -users, who are using a Microsoft’s SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) Current Branch version 1802. Use the SCCM console to update your SCCM to the required version.

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An example of the SCCM task sequence settings. In the window’s left column you see the sequence stages, with a folder created for Centero Software Manager. Under the folder there are application installation steps, created automatically with the help of CSM.

An example of the SCCM task sequence settings. In the window’s left column you see the sequence stages, with a folder created for Centero Software Manager. Under the folder there are application installation steps, created automatically with the help of CSM.