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Systems Management Server (SMS) Resources

Microsoft's Systems Management Server allows for automated inventory management of workstations, software deployment, and remote troubleshooting for medium to large WANs. It has come a long way since it's first version and if the majority of your environment is pure NT (servers and workstations), it can really lower your total cost of ownership. 
Where to Start
FAQ's Tutorials, overviews, and Guides for beginners.
General Administration and miscellaneous Technical articles
Configuring and installing the SMS Client software on Windows 9x/NT/2000 PC's
"How to" Articles
Tutorials and walkthroughs for a variety of common tasks.
Installation and Configuration
How to install and configure SMS Server environments.
Inventory (Hardware & Software)
Making sense of the SMS Inventory functions.
Interoperability Issues in mixed environments that run Novell Netware
Remote Control
Using SMS's Remote Control functions for troubleshooting and Administration.
SMS Installer
A scripting utility that allows to create custom software installations.
Software Deployments
Deploying Windows 2000 and applications via SMS.
Software Metering
How to use the software metering functions of SMS
Known bugs and Issues, troubleshooting guides, etc.,
Resource Sites
Microsoft's SMS Home Page
The official home at

Microsoft TechNet SMS Technology Center
The official home page for pro's who support SMS

Technical articles, support and scripts for SMS 1.2 and 2.0 Check out columnist Rob Trent's SMS Page for additional info, reference articles, links and Feedback from the Field. Also includes a mailing list. The navigation on this site can be a bit confusing, but there is a lot of great stuff here if you do a little digging.

Windows NT Magazine SMS Topic Index
Index of all of the articles published by Windows NT Magazine about SMS. Some articles may require a subscription ID to the magazine. If you don't already subscribe, it's well worth it.

Articles and Whitepapers 

Keywords List for Searching
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199435 - This article contains a list of keywords that you can use to search for articles related to Systems Management Server in the Microsoft Knowledge Base

Systems Management Server 2003 Reviewer's Guide
Designed especially for technology reviewers, this guide offers a number of evaluation materials for the beta version of Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003. The content describes the goals of the Systems Management Server 2003 product and the new features and architecture that meet those goals. The document concludes with detailed step-by-step instructions for evaluating the key features of Systems Management Server 2003.

Systems Management Server Technical Resources
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 269345 - Microsoft provides a wide variety of technical resources to help you plan, deploy, and maintain Systems Management Server (SMS) sites. 

Microsoft Online Seminars

Microsoft System Management Server Roadmap
Discover why Systems Management Server is the best change and configuration management tool for Windows and Microsoft's committed to continue to develop a separate product that takes full advantage of the management infrastructure in Windows. Discover why Systems Management Server is the best change and configuration management tool for Windows and Microsoft's committed to continue to develop a separate product that takes full advantage of the management infrastructure in Windows. (June 2000)

Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack 2 Support for Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows© 2000 support and other general fixes provided by SMS 2.0 through the Service Pack 2. In addition, migration scenarios are described that address most common SMS 2.0 environments moving to Microsoft Windows? 2000. (June 2000)

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