Use the General page in the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 New Program Wizard to specify general information about the specific program selected, including name, command line, comments, and behavior after running.

The use of software deployed by Configuration Manager may be subject to license terms. All applicable license terms should be reviewed prior to deploying software.

This page contains the elements described in the following table.

UI Element List

Name Description


Specifies the name of the program, up to 50 characters. This field is required and must be unique within a package.

After you create a program, you cannot modify its name.

On client computers, this name appears in Run Advertised Programs and Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.


Specifies optional text about the program, such as a description. You can use up to 127 characters.

On client computers, this text is displayed in Run Advertised Programs in Control Panel.

Command line

Specifies the command line for the program, up to 255 bytes.

For example:

setup.exe /a


Msiexec /I my_app.msi /l*v /qn

This field is required.

To navigate to the program file, click Browse. By default, the package source folder appears, if it exists and is accessible. If it does not exist or is not accessible, the root folder of the current computer appears.

File name extensions are strongly recommended. If the file name does not have an extension specified, Configuration Manager 2007 tries .com, .exe, and .bat as possible extensions. If the file is not an executable, Configuration Manager 2007 will try to apply a local association if possible.

When the program is run on a client, Configuration Manager 2007 first searches for the command-line file name within the package, followed by the local Microsoft Windows folder and the local %path%. If the file cannot be found, the program fails.

Start in

Specifies the executable folder for the program, up to 127 characters. This folder can be an absolute path on the client or a path relative to the distribution point folder that contains the package. This field is optional.

For example:





Specifies the mode in which the program will run on the client computer. The following modes are available:

  • Normal: The program runs in the normal mode based on system and program defaults. This is the default mode.

  • Minimized: The program runs minimized on the client computer.

  • Maximized: The program runs maximized on the client computer.

  • Hidden: The program is hidden while running on the client computer.

After running

Specifies the action that occurs after this program has completed successfully:

  • No action required: No restart or log off is required. This is the default value.

  • SMS restarts computer: The computer is restarted automatically by Configuration Manager 2007.

  • Program restarts computer: The program requires a restart and performs this action automatically.

  • SMS logs user off: The current user is logged off the computer after the program is completed. Use this option if the program requires that the user log off and then log on again before it can run.

Both the Configuration Manager restarts computer and Configuration Manager logs user off actions are done forcefully after providing the user with a grace period. Applications that are running on clients when this occurs do not have an opportunity to save their states or data.


Specifies the category under which the program will be displayed on the client computer.

Specifying a category for a program will help users find specific programs of interest. Advertised programs appear under the What's New category for up to 14 days or until they are run.

By including ConfigMgr or a similar designation in the category name, categories can also be used to distinguish between programs in Add or Remove Programs that have been advertised by Configuration Manager 2007 and those advertised using group policies.


Goes to the previous page of the wizard.


Goes to the next page of the wizard.


Goes to the Summary page of the wizard.


Discards the settings and exits the wizard.

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