Just Released: Approval Manager v0.7

Today I released a public version of my Approval Manager, which I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post about Managing Approval Request in ConfigMgr 2012. The biggest difference, and maybe even a contradiction with what I mentioned in that post, is that I did NOT use the PowerShell Cmdlets for ConfigMgr 2012 in this release. The main reason for that is that using WMI, via PowerShell, is much friendlier for remote usage.

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This public version gives the user the possibility to perform the following actions, without the need of access to and/ or a locally installed ConfigMgr console:

  • Select a User from the specified Collection.
  • Show only Approval Request, for the selected User, that are Pending Approval.
  • Approve, the selected, Approval Request.
  • Deny, the selected, Approval Request.
  • Close the form.

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In case the user, that is going to use the Approval Manager, only needs to approve, or deny, Approval Request, I would suggest to create a new Security Role. As the user that uses the Approval Manager only needs to have the following rights:

  • Application – Read; Approve.
  • Collection – Read; Read Resource.

Public Available

As of today my Approval Manager is publicly available via the TechNet Galleries. Please let me know what you think of the tool.

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4 thoughts on “Just Released: Approval Manager v0.7

  1. Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the tool but did you see a need for this?
    What I see at customer side is that the ConfigMgr guys just don’t have the internal authority to approve or deny apps. Most customers are asking a flow where the particular manager can approve. So I mostly extend this with SCORCH.

    Probably you suggest in that case that all managers need to install your tool locally?
    In that case I would certainly built-in some alerting to avoid that a manager needs to check this all the time.

    Just my 50 cents…

    Thanks again!

    Nico

  2. Hi Nico,

    Thanks for your comment. You are correct, two times in a row! In most cases ConfigMgr guys are not the people with the internal authority to approve, or deny, apps and, in the ideal situation, this functionality can be extended via Scorch and/ or SCSM.

    This tool is meant for local usage, so manager can approve, or deny, apps (without the need of a console) and for those organizations that do NOT (and are not willing to) use the complete System Center stack.

    Thanks for you’re suggestion about alerting! I will look into that.

    Peter

  3. Peter,

    Our organization wants to deploy software to over 4000 users. Authorization is required. Do you know if there is a way to do a bulk add to the list of requests? It would be good to add them as approved already so we don’t swamp the one person who does the approval. Could this be a “module” of your tool?

    Ted

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