Just an FYI that Amit Verma posted a note about a solution to AI catalog import failures over on our new ConfigurationMgr blog:

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2009/01/22/configmgr-2007-asset-intelligence-catalog-import-fails-is-the-sms-provider-is-on-a-remote-machine.aspx

Enjoy!

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer