Q: How can I force my SCCM clients to check for new program advertisements?
A: Program advertisements occur as part of the Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation cycle action in the SCCM Client.
To force a client to find new programs that are available ahead of the regular discovery phase, perform these steps:
1. Start the Systems Management Control Panel applet (Start, Settings, Control Panel, Configuration Manager).
2. Click the Actions tab.
3. Select "Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle" and click Initiate Action.
4. Close the Systems Management Control Panel applet. Within a few minutes, the new-program advertisements should be visible. Alternatively, you can use the Policy Spy Tool to force a Machine policy retrieval. You can download the Policy Spy Tool at http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/downloads/2003/tools/toolkit.asp.
Q: When you distribute sw to user collections what triggers the installation?
A: It is the "User policy retrieval and evaluation cycle" that triggers the installationThe interval of "User policy retrieval and evaluation cycle" is defined in the Computer Client Agent properties on the SCCM server:
SCCM console -> site management-> site name XXXX -> site settings -> client agents -> right click
By default it’s 60 minutes.