Frequently Asked Questions
Here, you’ll find answers to the questions most people have about Centero Software Manager.
Is CSM Centero’s own product?
Yes, it is. Originally CSM was developed for Centero’s own needs, but it didn’t take us long to realize its commercial potential, and we quickly turned it into a Patch Management tool for different environments. Check out our blog to find out how CSM became what it is today – you’ll find the article here.
Is CSM a software distribution system?
What is the purpose of CSM?
Can you use CSM to install and update client-specific applications as well?
Can CSM take care of Windows updates as well?
How do you prevent compatibility problems that applications can cause in the target environment?
How does CSM improve the end user experience?
Is CSM a ready product?
How often are CSM-supported applications updated?
Why are application updates an important part of cyber security?
New application versions, i.e. updates, are the software vendors’ fixes for these vulnerabilities. As long as a computer is running the latest version that the software vendor has released, the vulnerabilities are fixed and can’t be taken advantage of, meaning that cyber security is in this respect at a significantly better level. Cyber security, of course, has other areas as well, and these shouldn’t be neglected either. However, several studies show that non-updated applications are among the most important cyber security threats, or even the most important. CSM is an easy and cost-efficient tool for taking care of this.
What type of applications does CSM support?
How do you edit the CSM-supported applications’ installation packages?
Does CSM indicate that application is installed on one exact computer and has to be patched, or does it deploy an app to every device and then patch it based on collection membership?
CSM for Intune deploys the application on all devices that are members of the specified group(s). This way new application versions can be deployed on devices without an existing version of a software. There are, however, some limitations in Microsoft Intune when it comes to discovering existing Win32 applications on devices. There may be changes to this feature in the near future.
Where can I find the list for supported applications?
The supported 3rd party applications are also listed here in CSM Knowledge Base.
How about configuring the start and deadline time for application installation?
CSM for Intune uses the default Win32 software deployment. Application availability and application deadline are explained in detail here in Intune Docs.
Does CSM require an additional agent installed on endpoints?
CSM for Intune uses the same Win32 software deployment as native Intune does. There is no need for an additional client software or an agent.
How’s the pricing of the solution?
You can find CSM’s pricing information on this page.
What’s the pricing system in the service provider model?
In our partner model the only thing that counts is the number of workstations, and you can use several CSM products at the same time. With direct customers, the number of included applications also factors in on the price we charge. Look at our partner pricing for IT service providers here.
What about complicated and / or huge apps?
Microsoft Intune’s size limitation, max. 8 GB per app, is not a problem for us. We can distribute application installations to the customer in split chunks, and start installation after that with CSM.
Do you provide packaging services, and is it possible to use CSM for Line Of Business applications?
We do provide packaging services. You can order customer-specific application packaging, and the package can then be deployed via CSM like any supported application.
Is it possible to modify CSM packages, for example if I want to change some settings for Firefox?
Yes, it is possible. We provide customer-specific installation packages as an additional service. Application settings can be defined according to your organization’s needs. All you need to do is contact us and tell us what you need.
Is it possible to add your own applications on the list of updated applications?
Yes, as an additional service you can add your own applications on the list.
What happens if an endpoint has been switched off when the deadline arrives? And how about an organization where the devices are not usually online or switched on outside working hours, the time when you’d want to run the updates? And what's the solution for the software on Windows endpoints, demanding process shutdown during the update?
The admin can define the update windows and scheduling, and optimize them according to the organization’s needs. Update practices designed for corporate use hardly bother the end user, even if the updates are installed during the workday. New versions are installed, and if an existing application is running, the updates will wait for the next time the user launches the application.
Is CSM’s documentation publicly available?
Yes. Software Manager’s documentation is all available on our Centero Software Manager Knowledge Base -site here.
How is the update process shown on Intune’s management portal?
The automatic process runs in the background, and basically, you’ll see it on Intune’s portal only as an entry in the description field.
If a device is not managed by SCCM, WSUS, or the likes, can you run updates on it with CSM Intune?
If your device is not managed by SCCM or WSUS, you need to have Microsoft Intune running for us to manage your 3rd party applications. You can also manage the Microsoft Updates for Business with Intune. If you are not using any of the mentioned management systems, you can always choose the cloud-based CSM Cloud.
Does Intune require the device to belong to an AD? Or can Intune manage standalone devices as well?
Intune can’t manage a 100 % standalone device. For the application management to work, the device needs to belong either to Azure-AD or to Hybrid-Azure-AD. For standalone devices you can use our CSM Cloud product.
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