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General SMS Administration

Where to Start

Advanced SMS 2.0 Reporting
Downloadable Whitepaper introducing the data architecture of SMS and discusses how to create a variety of reports based on SMS queries. Source:

Collecting Asset Information with SMS 2.0
This white paper describes a new collection method that takes advantage of changes in the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) code. Source: Microsoft TechNet CD Online (May 2000)

Systems Management Server Version 2.0 Administrator's Guide
Systems Management Server Version 2.0 Administrator's Guide Welcome to the online version of the Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Administrator's Guide. Use this Guide, in conjunction with SMS Help, to learn how to use Systems Management Server 2.0 (SMS) to reduce your total cost of

Systems Management Server Administrator Help 
Systems Management Server Administrator Help Welcome to Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), a Windows NT-based product specifically designed to make it easier for you to centrally manage, support, and maintain a distributed network of computers.


Managing Terminal Server with Systems Management Server
Need greater management options than you get with Terminal Server? Consider adding Systems Management Server. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine

Using Systems Management Server to Analyze Your Network Infrastructure 
Sample Chapter 8 from the Windows 2000 Deployment Guide - Using Systems Management Server to Analyze Your Network Infrastructure From the Windows 2000 Server Deployment Planning Guide, Published by Microsoft Press Click to Order Network administrators can use Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) to perform a variety of 

Using SMS for Network Maintenance
Sample chapter 16 from describes SMS network diagnostic tools (Network Monitor 2.0, the Monitor Control Tool, and Network Trace), how they work, and how you can use them. Typically, you employ Network Monitor to capture and analyze network frames to diagnose network problems and identify optimization opportunities. Use the Monitor Control Tool for real-time monitoring of your network for problems. Employ Network Trace to graphically display the connections between site systems and network devices such as routers and hubs.

Using Systems Management Server 1.2 and Systems Management Server2.0, with Windows 2000 
Deploying Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS), versions 1.2 and 2.0, in a Microsoft® Windows 2000 environment. 

Backup and Restore
Automated Backup of Systems Management Server Site and Logon Servers
Automated Backup of Systems Management Server Site and Logon Servers MS Systems Manager Server 1.2 White Paper Published February, 1999 Abstract Inventory data collected by Microsoft Systems Management Server is valuable to the organization that collected it.

MS Systems Management Server Site Recovery Strategy
MS Systems Management Server Site Recovery Strategy Enterprise Systems Management Team Microsoft Limited Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading. RG6 1WG Management Summary The inventory, software packages, and job details status information contained within a 

Database Maintenance
Administering Systems Management Server Databases
This chapter from Microsoft SMS 2.0 Training Kit goes over how to administer, maintain and restore a SMS site.

SQL Server Requirements Incorrect in Administrator's Guide
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216059 - This article describes some errors in the Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Administrator's Guide about SQL Server requirements. (updated 2/21/2000) 

Standard Security in SQL Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200783 - SQL Server standard security means that in order to connect to a SQL Server database, you must enter a user account and password. If you use the SMS Express Setup option in SMS 2.0, the SA account is used to access the database. If you use Custom Setup option, SMS Setup prompts you to specify the account you want to use when the system accesses SQL Server.

Query Value Operators for SMS 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 202076 - Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 provides Query functionality from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator. The WBEM Query language supports the following value operators:
Comparison of Windows Networking Logon Discovery and Windows Networking Logon Client Installation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 213004 - This article compares the Windows Networking Logon Discovery method to the Windows Networking Logon Client Installation method.

Component Versions in Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 266130 - As of the release of Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0, the versions of the individual client components are not identical for all platforms.

Controlling IDMIF/NOIDMIF Processing
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 202078 - Systems Management Server 2.0 has the capability of restricting what is written to the database through IDMIFs and NOIDMIFs; for example, to prevent large MIF's from processing and quickly filling the database.

Custom Collection Examples
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200972 - In Systems Management Server version 2.0, you can build collections based on the resource class. This article describes how to create two sample queries to find domain controllers or find all computers in a particular subnet.

Delete Special Uses Many Locks 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 202006 - In Systems Management Server 1.2, when selecting large numbers of computers to delete from the Delete Special box, as many as 100 locks may be used to remove one computer. This could cause poor performance on the database because it is likely to occur during normal business hours and while that database is under normal or heavy stress. In Systems Management Server version 2.0, this behavior has been changed.

Description of Preinst.exe for Systems Management Server 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 212978 - This article describes Preinst.exe for Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0. You can find this tool in the Support folder on the SMS CD-ROM, or in the System Management Server 2.0 Resource Guide included with Microsoft BackOffice Resource Kit

Dumpsend.exe: Display Send Request for Systems Management Server 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200645 - The Dump Scheduler Data tool (Dumpsend.exe) displays the contents of a send request file (.srq). The data can be used to troubleshoot software distribution or to gather more information about sender errors.

File Transfer Sessions Start in Different Directories
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 202048 - In Systems Management Server 2.0, the default directory for the File Transfer window has changed. The startup directory for the Administrator console is different from the startup directory for the client.

How MIF Files Are Processed in Version 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 198766 - Systems Management Server 2.0 MIF processing is similar in functionality to Systems Management Server 1.2. However, there are a number of questions that need clarification. This article's intent is to answer common questions

Microsoft Systems Management Server and Clustered Server Environments
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 237366 - This articles provides information on Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and Clustered Server Environments.

MS Project BackOffice Template Series Systems Management Server
MS Project BackOffice Template Series Systems Management Server To install the MS Project BackOffice Template Series: World Wide Web location: 

Sender Routing in Multi-Tiered Hierarchies
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 238064 - This article summarizes how packages that are configured and sent at a central site are sent down to grandchild sites. 

SMS 1.2 and SMS 2.0 Logon Scripts Coexistence
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199267 - This articles lists a few issues to be aware of to support Systems Management Server 1.2 and Systems Management Server 2.0 scripts on the same logon server.

SMS_NT_Logon_Server_Manager Component Is Now Multithreaded 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 255820 - In large Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft Windows 2000 domains that contain many domain controllers and multiple sites with Windows NT Logon Discovery or Windows NT Logon Installation enabled, there may be competition for control of the domain during logon point updates. This can cause sites to be marked as inactive (dead), which results in the uninstallation of the logon point components for that site on all domain controllers. An indication of this condition is the absence of a folder corresponding with the site code for the site in the Smslogon\Sites folder on the domain controllers.

SMS Regularly Verifies Directory Structures and Shares
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200830 - Microsoft Systems Manager Server version 2.0 now has the ability to monitor the directory structure of the Site Server for changes. If for some reason the CAP_XXX share and/or directories get removed from the Client Access Point (CAP), the Inbox Manager will restore them during its integrity verification checks.

Status Message Viewer Shows Conflicting Statistics
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 198669 - Discovery Data Manager and the status message viewer show conflicting statistics. For example, Discovery Data Manager shows 350 errors, 0 Warnings, 35 Informational messages "Since Installation", 14 errors, 0 Warnings, 19 Informational messages

Systems Management Server 3rd Party Products
Systems Management Server 3rd Party Products Type Company Product Phone Product Description Status SMS Integrated Admin ABC Systems & Development Lan Admin V2.0 011-441-952-271-000 NT Server administration tools - makes it easier to administer many servers, 

Systems Management Server 2.0 Network Discovery Internals
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 237557 - This article describes the details of Systems Management Server 2.0 network discovery.

Systems Management Server 2.0 System Accounts
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199234 - The purpose of this article is to help administrators understand the number of accounts that may be created as sites are added to the Systems Management Server hierarchy.

The Server Connection Account Is Created in the Same Domain as the Site Server in SP1
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 236318 - In Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack 1, the Server Connection account is created in the same domain where the Site Server resides. This account has the name SMSServer_site code and is used to connect from Remote Site Systems to the Site Server.

WMI Terms and Concepts
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216738 - Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Microsoft implementation for Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), is an integral component of Systems Management Server version 2.0.

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