Software deployed by Client Software Distribution (CSD) can be ordered from the service
catalog by individual users or by approved users on behalf of others.
Client Software Distribution catalog items have different options, depending on how
ordering is configured.
Lease start and end dates
All software deployed by CSD requires users to specify the beginning date for the lease.
This is enforced by the Orchestration - Asset Lease Management plugin that is activated
automatically with CSD. The system prepopulates the Lease start field
with the current date and time.
If the catalog item is configured for revocation (uninstall), the form displays the
Lease end field, which allows the requester to define an end date
and time for the lease. The system validates user input in these fields to ensure that the
dates selected define a future window. The Lease end field is not
mandatory and can be left blank to order software with no end date.
For systems deploying software from Microsoft System Center Configuration Management
(SCCM), the Lease end
field is only available if the SCCM
specifies an uninstall collection.
Software offered only to the logged in user
If the software
catalog item is configured with the Order on behalf of check
box cleared, the User field does not appear on the order form. The
logged in user selects the device on which to deploy the software from the Device
to install this software on field. Only those devices assigned to the logged
in user appear in the list.
In this example, a user has logged into the service catalog to order Firefox for a computer
that is assigned to her. She selects the machine from a list of devices she owns and selects
the date and time the lease should begin. This software is deployed through Microsoft System
Center Configuration Management (SCCM), but does not have an uninstall collection configured
and cannot be revoked automatically by the system. As a result, the Lease
end field is not available.
Software ordered on behalf of another user
If the software catalog item is configured with the Order on behalf
of check box selected, the User field appears on the
form. The logged in user can select any user from this field. The Device to
install this software on field only lists the devices assigned to the user
selected in the User field. If an approval is required for software
ordered on behalf of another user, the system automatically sends an approval request to the
manager of the user receiving the software. The approval is skipped if the requester is the
named user's manager.
In this example, a manager is ordering Google Chrome for a contractor. The manager selects
the contractor from the User
field and then chooses a computer from
the list of devices assigned to the contractor. This software has an SCCM uninstall
collection configured, which allows the manager to select an end date for the lease that
coincides with the end of the user's contract. When the lease expires, SCCM automatically
uninstalls the software from the device.