Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for March 2010

Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for March 2010

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[Today's post comes from the Configuration Manager Writing Team] 

The Configuration Manager documentation library (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680651.aspx) has been updated on the Web and the latest content on the Web has Updated: March 1, 2010 at the top of the topic.

This month's updates incorporate customer feedback and What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for March 2010, which lists all the topics that are new or contain significant technical changes since October 2009. Look out for an announcement to download this with the Configuration Manager 2007 Help File Update Wizard, so that you can run the help file, SMSv4.chm, locally.

In addition to the summary of changes, we've also made some revisions based on customer feedback.  In particular, we've focused on topics relating to the client - from discovery, to client installation (especially client push) and requirements for clients in another forest, and Windows Embedded devices.

We do value customer feedback and try to incorporate it when possible.  Although we can't promise to make the docs perfect for everybody, we are committed to continual improvement.  So, keep that feedback coming, and feel free to contact us about anything related to the documentation by using our usual address of SMSDocs@Microsoft.com

 

What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for March 2010

The following information lists the topics that contain significant changes since the February 2010 update.

What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for March 2010

- New topic that lists all the topics that are new or contain significant technical changes since October 2009.

SQL Server Preparation for Setup

- Updated to clarify that Configuration Manager does not support manually changing or defining the Microsoft SQL Server port number for either the default instance or named instances of SQL Server.

Configuration Manager Site Capacity Planning

- Updated to add capacity planning information for PXE service points.

Configuration Manager in Multiple Active Directory Forests

- Updated the section about supporting clients across forests.

About Configuration Manager Discovery

- This section about discovery has been updated, with most of the revisions in this topic.  Clarifications include the following:

  • Why you might need to use discovery.
  • Information about discovery data records (DDRs) and how they are processed.
  • How discovery works in a hierarchy and best practices.
  • Summary information about the discovery methods and a table to help you choose which discovery method to use.
  • Information that is relevant to all the Active Directory Discovery methods.

About Client States in Configuration Manager

- Updated to include information about the Site Code column in the Configuration Manager console and to clarify information about the Assigned and Client columns.

Prerequisites for Configuration Manager Client Deployment

- Updated the Installation Method Dependencies section for client push installation to include that the Client Push Installation account must be a member of the local Administrators group and that the computer has an ADMIN$ share. There's also a new section added for firewall requirements.

About Configuration Manager Client Installation Properties

- Updated the CCMALLOWSILENTREBOOT client.msi installation property to remove the =1 setting, and clarified that SMSPUBLICROOTKEY, SMSROOTKEYPATH, and RESETKEYINFORMATION are applicable to both mixed mode and native mode.

How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Client Push

- Updated with information about how to track the installation process and the information that if the site server cannot contact the client computer or start the setup process, the site server automatically repeats the installation attempt every hour for up to 7 hours until it succeeds (no need to rerun the wizard within this time period).

Ports Used During Configuration Manager Client Deployment

- New topic that lists the ports used during each client installation method. Use this information to help you to configure firewalls that are in place between the site and client computers.

Tasks for Managing Configuration Manager Clients on Windows Embedded Devices

- Updated with clarification to the topics related to managing Windows Embedded devices. This includes a new topic, Prerequisites for Installing the Configuration Manager 2007 Client on Windows Embedded Devices.

AMT Provisioning Issues for Out of Band Management

Out of Band Management Console Issues

- Both of these topics are updated to include a link to The Out of Band Management Support Team blog (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=183661).

Prerequisites for Out of Band Management

- Updated the link for more information about WinRM to help you to determine the version of WinRM that you are running.

Troubleshooting Software Distribution Issues

- Updated the entry "Cannot Create Branch Distribution Point Because the Option Is Disabled" with the information that if the Name in the Site System Properties: General Tab is incorrectly specified (it is not the computer name), this will prevent you from enabling the option to create a branch distribution point.

List of Log Files in Configuration Manager 2007

- Updated to include the Site Server Log Files section to include the Discovery log files.

 

-- The Configuration Manager Writing Team

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights.

 

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  • I look forward to see the chm file! :-)