Effective January 30, 2018 this app has been retired by Cireson.

Our Vision
At Cireson, we are passionate about System Center and are constantly innovating to bring you cutting edge solutions to maximize your investment and help you #domore with Microsoft. With this vision, we want to ensure that all companies utilizing Microsoft Configuration Manager have the most productive and consumer friendly solution on the market to achieve maximum success.

Why We’re Doing This
Our goal has always been to give the community what they need and want. Over the years, we have released numerous free apps for the community to help maximize Configuration Manager. We’ve found that the community needs to #domore. Administrators need to be able to securely delegate tasks to Support teams, to free-up time and resources to focus on higher priority IT initiatives. Support teams need easy access to common remote troubleshooting functionality and data within SCCM in order to increase customer satisfaction with first-call resolution.

As we are dedicated to providing solutions that our customers need, and with these objectives in mind, we have decided to retire this app, effective January 30, 2018. The functionality you know and love has been enhanced and integrated into the new True Control Center to provide you with a complete web-based solution for your Support needs.

What This Means for You
If you have previously downloaded this app, you may continue to use it. However, effective January 30, 2018, Cireson will no longer provide future feature updates, security patches, or support. To get the most of out of your System Center investment and to ensure compatibility with other software applications and systems, we recommend you take advantage of the True Control Center. Take it for a test drive in our demo lab or request a free 30-day trial.

The Configuration Manager Ticker app enables Configuration Manager Admins to easily create and deliver announcements from the Configuration Manager Console to be displayed in real time to all specific clients in the specific collection.

  • Step 1 – Create announcement on either a device or user collection
  • Step 2 – Configure text, background colors, and desired font size and enhancements
  • Step 3 – Configure the priority and the schedule
  • Step 4 – Send by clicking OK

You can even preview the announcement on your computer to verify that the message will appear on clients as you want it to appear. What appears on the client computer’s desktop? A scrolling banner across the bottom of the display providing the severity and announcement text in the colors you configured. The announcement appears at the scheduled start time and will remove itself at the scheduled expiration time, or can be closed by clicking on the announcement banner. Clean and simple.

How this helps your team: 

  • ConfigMgr Admin: Broadcast an announcement to a targeted group of computers. For example, informing users that a Critical Priority Security update is about to be pushed to their machines so they need to save their current work.
  • End User: Receive a high priority notification of upcoming changes to their system so that they may prepare for it appropriately.

Features

  • Easy installation for the admin component and the client component
  • Works within the existing Configuration Manager Console
  • Configurable color scheme for announcement text and background
  • Configurable font size, and enhancements, such as bold, italics and underline
  • Ability to save color schemes for future announcements
  • Configurable schedule and priority for announcements
  • Ability to create custom priorities (severities) for announcements
  • Ability to cancel a posted announcement and use a previous announcement as a template for a new announcement
  • Uses the existing Client Notification channel to deliver the announcements to target clients
  • No custom code or workflow required

Solution Inspiration

Out of the box, Configuration Manager provides some built-in notifications for software, patch, and operating system deployments. However, these messages are not customizable at all. The Configuration Manager Ticker app allows the admin to create any announcements desired, such as “Servers going offline at midnight tonight for maintenance” or “Windows 10 upgrades begin Monday at 5:00pm”. These announcements can appear in whatever text color and background color you desire to best make them stand out on the end user’s display. You can also set a priority level to help the end user identify the importance of the announcement. All of this is within the standard Configuration Manager server-to-client communication channel using policies and the Client Notification feature. It is very easy to install and use to get the important messages delivered in real time to members of the collection you create the announcement for.