The information in this topic applies only to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1.

The Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX supports software deployments that use packages and programs. You cannot deploy System Center 2012 Configuration Manager applications to computers that run Linux and UNIX.

The client supports the following functionality for packages and program deployments:

When you configure and deploy packages and programs for Linux and UNIX servers, use the same methods that you use to configure and deploy packages and programs to your Windows-based computers with the following caveats:

Configuration Details

Use only configurations that are intended for computers, and do not use configurations that are intended for users.

The Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX does not support configurations that are intended for users.

Configure programs to download the software from the distribution point and run the programs from the local client cache

The Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX does not support running software from the distribution point. Instead, you must configure the software to download to the client and then install.

By default, after the client for Linux and UNIX installs software, that software is deleted from the client’s cache. However, packages that are configured with Persist content in the client cache are not deleted from the client and remain in the client’s cache after the software installs.

The client for Linux and UNIX does not support configurations for the client cache, and the maximum size of the client cache is limited only by the free disk space on the client computer.

Configure the Network Access Account for distribution point access

Linux and UNIX computers are designed to be workgroup computers. In order to access packages from the distribution point in the Configuration Manager site server domain, you must configure the Network Access Account for the site. You must specify this account as a software distribution component property and configure the account before you deploy software.

For more information, see Configuring Site Components in Configuration Manager.

You can deploy packages and programs to collections that contain only Linux or UNIX clients, or you can deploy them to collections that contain a mix of client types, such as the All Systems Collection.

When you deploy software to a mixed collection, it is likely that many clients in the collection are unable to run the software successfully because they are the wrong operating system type to understand the program files. As a result, the deployment will report failure.

When the Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX receives and runs a deployment, it generates status messages. You can view these status messages in the Configuration Manager console, or by using reports to monitor the deployment status.

For information about how to use packages and programs, see Packages and Programs in Configuration Manager.

The following sections provide details about software deployment to Linux and UNIX servers.

Configuring Packages, Programs, and Deployments for Linux and UNIX Servers

You can create and deploy packages and programs by using the options that are available by default in the Configuration Manager console. The client does not require any unique configurations.

Use the information in the following sections to configure packages and programs as well as deployments.

Packages and Programs


Operations for Software Deployments

Similar to the Windows client, the Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX discovers new software deployments when it polls and checks for new policy. The frequency at which the client checks for new policy depends on client settings. You can configure maintenance windows to control when software deployments occur.

You can configure software deployments to Linux and UNIX servers by using package properties, program properties, and deployment properties.

When the client receives policy for a deployment, it submits a status message. It also submits status messages when it starts the installation of software and when the installation finishes, or fails.

Programs for software deployments run with the root credentials that the Configuration Manager client for Linux and UNIX runs with. The exit code of the programs command is used to determine success or failure. An exit code of 0 (zero) is treated as success. In addition, the stdout (standard output stream) and stderr (standard error stream) are copied to the log file when the log level is set to INFO or TRACE.

If the software that you want to deploy is located on a Network File System (NFS) share that the Linux or UNIX server can access, you do not need to use a distribution point to download the package. Instead, when you create the package, do not select the check box for This package contains source files. Then, when you configure the program, specify the appropriate command line to directly access the package on the NFS mount point.