Update (01/27/2013): I have updated the installation files to the latest version (1.0.4)
Back in SCCM 2007 and SMS 2003 there was a popular community tool by Ron Crumbaker called web remote tools that would allow help desk staff to easily deploy software and access tools for a computer without having access to the console. With the new appmodel and other changes in SCCM 2012 these tools no longer work. Since Ron’s project has been stale for very long time I decided to create a modern replacement.
Configuration Manager Web Frontend (CMFrontend) is a HTML5 web application designed to provide quick access to information, tools, and deployments without the use of the Configuration Manager console.
- Deploy both Applications and Packages
- Quick computer information
- Remote tools
- Role based administration support
- Realtime deployment status
Download & installation
CMFrontend can be downloaded here:
- ConfigMgr 2012: https://utexas.box.com/cmfrontend
The installation is mostly automated but there are a few prerequisites that must be in place. Check the readme inside the zip file for more details.
Note: CMFrontend requires a new server 2012 VM to be setup.
How it works
CMFrontend uses a windows service and an asp.net mvc4 website to connect to the ConfigMgr management point and sql server in order to perform its actions. Most data is cached via an SQL database so that the service does not create excessive load on the management point.
Application deployments are performed by a specified service account that automatically creates a collection and a deployment for each program deployed per RBAC group.
The tools are launched from the browser using a java applet. I have included the source code for this applet for any security concerns / repackaging & resigning.
What is next
- Better / more detailed deployment updates
- Applications tab which lets you view your computers from the application rather than the collection
- Application list filtering