Package Conversion Manager

November 17, 2011 at 7:53 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!

As I explained already in my previous posts deploying MSI software is really they way to go in SCCM 2012. Also, Packages (with their program(s)) like we know them with SCCM 2007 are not the prefered way anymore since there is the new Application model in SCCM 2012.

As I explained in my Migration posts you can still migrate such Packages, so yes SCCM 2012 does still support them. But to get benefit of the new Application model and to get control of your complete Application Life Cycle management it’s strongly recommended to move away from Packages.

Well, to help you with this Microsoft created Package Conversion Manager (PCM) to convert such Packages into Applications. PCM integrates seamlessly with SCCM 2012 and is available since last week on Connect.

Chris Adams wrote some great high level blogs about PCM, explaining:

The look and feel in the SCCM Console

http://blogs.technet.com/b/chrad/archive/2011/11/07/configmgr-2012-introducing-package-conversion-manager-pcm-for-seamless-migration-to-appmodel.aspx

Automatic Conversion

http://blogs.technet.com/b/chrad/archive/2011/11/09/configmgr-2012-package-conversion-manager-pcm-amp-readiness-state.aspx

“Manual” Conversion (Fix & Convert)

http://blogs.technet.com/b/chrad/archive/2011/11/16/using-package-conversion-manager-pcms-fix-amp-convert-moving-manual-readiness-packages.aspx

Till next time!

Nico Sienaert

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