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HP provides several useful tools that enable customers to integrate HP client platforms into an environment managed using Microsoft System Center products.  These include:

HP Client Catalog for Microsoft System Center products

The HP Client Catalog for Microsoft System Center products automates the acquisition and deployment of HP software updates (Softpaqs) to HP commercial PCs in a Microsoft System Center products environment.  The catalog file contains detailed platform information on HP commercial desktops, notebooks and workstations.  It can be used in conjunction with the custom inventory and update features of Microsoft System Center products to provide automated driver and patch updates to managed HP Clients.

Detailed information and instructions can be found here:

»  HP Client Catalog for Microsoft System Center products Technical White Paper (.pdf, 1.2MB)

The latest HP Client Catalog for Microsoft System Center products file can be accessed on the HP ftp server:
»  HpCatalogForSms.latest.cab

NOTE: The SMS client scan tool requires MS XML 6.0 to work properly. MS XML 6.0 must be distributed to all managed clients to utilize the SMS custom update process to deploy HP updates. This issue has been confirmed by Microsoft and the knowledge base article number is 933535.   The Knowledge Base article provides a location to obtain MS XML 6.0.

Windows 2000 clients are not supported.

Deploying HP Softpaqs using Microsoft System Center products

Microsoft System Center Microsoft System Center products can be used to deploy most HP softpaqs that have been designed to be installed silently and remotely. HP softpaqs designated with this icon meet this requirement.

HP Client Management Interface

HP Client Management Interface (HPCMI) is based on industry standards that include Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), System Management BIOS (SMBIOS), Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), and Microsoft Windows® Management Interface (MS WMI).

To learn more about HPCMI (click here)

To learn more about WMI visiting the Microsoft web site.

Microsoft provides a visual tool for exploring WMI called CIM Studio. It is available in a package download from Microsoft called "WMI Tools".

Microsoft System Center products

Supporting desktops, servers, and mobile devices, Microsoft System Center products enables your IT organization to more easily maintain a secure computing environment, scale with organizational needs, and provide users with the right software at the right time.

To learn more about Microsoft System Center products please visit: www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/default.aspx 

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» HP Client Management Solutions Fact Sheet (PDF, 122KB

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