Posted by Eswar Koneti on October 8th, 2012
In this post, Chris focused on helping many of us get started in testing your environment by not requiring you to do it against your packages/programs. Instead, Chris provided you with files you can use to test PCM and get familiar with it. This will allow you to go through the various scenarios that PCM solves for you.
In the past few months, we’ve received a lot of requests to help many of you focus on “testing” the new Package Conversion Manager (PCM) that is available in the Microsoft Download Center. It is rather trivial to actually download PCM and install in your production environment yet for many it is very scary to do so. You *can* safely do this without concerns as we do not modify any System Center Configuration Manager 2012 database settings during install. Instead, we simply update the Administration Console to enable the functionality. The backend database pieces are part of Configuration Manager 2012 that you received already. As such, we reference PCM as a Configuration Manager 2012 Feature Pack.
In today’s post, I want to help many of you get started by providing you some files that will import some basic packages/programs into your Configuration Manager 2012 system. Beyond this, I wanted to enable you to test our collection intent functionality enabling you to easily move WQL query targets to the new Application Model’s Global Conditions & Requirements.
Lastly, I’ve also attached a tool (PPDAC) that allow you to easily “clean” the system and run through various times to get the hang of it. This tool is available as-is and isn’t supported by Microsoft.