Solution Accelerator 

So you’re running SCCM to its full potential.  You’re doing operating system deployments, software rollouts, updates, inventory… and you want a simple web dashboard to have a quick and easy view of the status of all of these items.

“It’s like you read my mind!”

Yeah, I’m good like that.  Anyway.. now you have a Solution Accelerator from Microsoft that will do just that.  It’s the new System Center Configuration Manager Dashboard.

From the “About System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard” page…

The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers track application and operating system deployments, security updates, the health status of computers, and IT compliance with key regulations—with an easy to use, customizable Web interface.  Because the Dashboard is built on Windows® SharePoint® Services, IT staff can access information without using the Configuration Manager console. The Dashboard is a free Solution Accelerator, and fully supported by Microsoft.

Key Benefits

Benefits of the dashboard include:

  • Actionable information out of the box. The dashboard comes with valuable, built-in datasets that IT managers can access without using the Configuration Manager console.  
  • Centralized, near-real-time access to key information. The graphical dashboard lets customers view any Configuration Manager data set in near-real time—without leaving their desk.
  • Easy to build and configure. The dashboard’s wizard-based tools let customers easily create new dashboards in minutes. 
  • Easy to customize. The dashboard can easily be customized to meet the needs of different departments and other groups. Any data set in the Configuration Manager database can be presented on the dashboard, in chart, gauge, and table formats.  
  • Flexible & interactive. Users can easily filter data and create ad hoc, custom views. Filters allow users to quickly drill down from high-level to more specific data.

“Sounds great, Kevin!  …but what does it cost?”

How much would you pay?

“Nothing. It’s a Solution Accelerator from Microsoft.  Those are free!”

Bingo.

Again, here’s the Information page.

And here’s the download page if you want to jump right in.