Microsoft launched Systems Management Server 2003 R2 at their TechEd conference Monday. As part of their launch, we created and released an Adobe Flash Player catalog for use with the new Inventory Tool for Custom Updates feature. This is actually very cool functionality — now 3rd party ISVs can publish software update catalogs for SMS that IT admins can subscribe to for notification of updates. Admins use the import tool to add the update to SMS, which downloads the installer packages, and then the update can be scheduled and pushed to the network. Think of it as the IT admin’s version of the built-in Flash Player update notification feature.
If you’re planning to use SMS 2003 R2, the catalog is available as part of the web player distribution licensing program. If you have already completed the licensing process within the last year (the term is one year so, here’s a mini-reminder to renew if you need to) — just return to your licensed downloads page. There is a new link for “Import SMS Catalog” on the page.