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Advanced Systems Management Server 2.0 Reporting 
Advanced Systems Management Server 2.0 Reporting Published July 1999 Abstract This paper introduces the data architecture of Microsoft© Systems Management Server (SMS), and discusses how to create a variety of reports based on SMS queries. 

Assigning Site System Roles to Distributed Servers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199814 - You can install Systems Management Server 2.0 as a single primary site server. However, Systems Management Server 2.0 introduced the concept of site systems, a term that is roughly equivalent to helper servers in Systems Management Server version 1.2. With site systems, you can assign various system roles to distributed servers, thereby reducing the workload of the site server. This article summarizes the site system roles and how to assign them. For more detailed information about site system roles, see the Systems Management Server Administrator's Guide.

Customizing the Systems Management Server Administrator Console
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200670 - In Systems Management Server version 2.0, the Systems Management Server Administrator console is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that can be customized by adding specific Console Tree Items (for example, Collections).

How to Add a NDS Volume to be CAP of a SMS 2.0 Site
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 201767 - For a site server to have the ability to install a client access point (CAP) to a NetWare Directory Services (NDS) volume, the site server must have the Intranetware 4.30.410 or later redirector installed with Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX). TCP/IP only configurations are not valid. It does not matter if the redirector was not installed when SMS was originally installed on the site server. However, the redirector must be installed PRIOR to adding any NDS functionality in the Administrator User Interface (UI).


How Bandwidth Calculations Differ in Systems Management Server 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199110 - In Systems Management Server 2.0, the Standard Sender takes the place of the LAN Sender from Systems Management Server 1.2. Standard Sender, as it is now called, is used for connecting sites across high-speed links such as 10BaseT LAN lines 

How to Clean Up Duplicate Computer IDs
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254735 - This article describes how to find and clean up Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 clients that are using the same unique identifier. The Systems Management Server 

How to Define a Collection Using Direct Membership Rules
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199102 - This article explains how to set up a collection using the Direct Membership Rules Wizard. Direct Membership Rules are used to create static members in a collection. This method can be used to emulate static machine groups from previous versions.

How to Display the Number of Resources Contained in a Collection or Query
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 212909 - It is sometimes useful to know how many Systems Management Server resources are contained in a collection or query. This article demonstrates how to find out. (updated 10/26/2000) 

How to Distribute Event to Trap Configuration Data
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 201807 - Microsoft Systems Management Server has a utility that allows you to send Event to Trap configuration data as a package to all of your Microsoft Windows NT clients within a site. The utility, EventCmi (or EventCma for Systems Management Server 1.2, or EventCmt for Systems Management Server 2.0) can save you time and effort when configuring clients and servers to report Event data as Traps. (updated 7/29/2000) 

How to Enable Logging for the Sms_License_Server Service
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244875 - The Sms_License_Server service (Remodbc.exe) runs on Software Metering servers. This service reads the data cache and grants or denies access to clients when they request licenses.

How to Remove and Rebuild SMS 2.0 Secondary Sites
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 234484 - In Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0, if a secondary site is in need of a site reinstallation because of the changing of hardware or other issues, it is important to take specific measures to ensure that the site removal does not cause any problems

How to Set Thresholds in Healthmon
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199077 - A server monitoring tool known as HealthMon is a new feature in Systems Management Server 2.0. The HealthMon management console is a stand-alone component that provides a centralized, graphical, and real-time status view of your Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 and Microsoft BackOffice Server computers. Based on color-coded severity levels, you can view operational conditions, including both normal and exception status. As events are received, HealthMon organizes and displays them according to predefined monitored object groups (MMC nodes).

How to Specify Senior Site for WinNT Logon Point Management in a Single Domain with Multiple Sites
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 235726 - When multiple Systems Management Server sites using Windows Networking Logon Client Installation and/or Windows Networking Logon Client Discovery share a common domain, the senior site is responsible for updates to user profiles, scripts, and logon point files. By default, senior sites are elected based upon site code and version. Administrators may need the ability to manually configure which site will serve as senior site; for example, if the default senior site is across a slow link. Systems Management Server Service Pack 1 (SP1) gives Administrators the ability to specify which site will act as the senior site, without regard to participating sites' version or site code. To specify which site is to server as senior site, you need to create a Senior.lst file in the smslogon\sitescfg directory on the PDC. The first three characters of the file need to contain the desired site code 

How to Use Systems Management Server Through a Firewall
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200898 - One way of using Systems Management Server through a firewall is to configure the firewalling or proxy server to allow standard and (MS) RPC port traffic to pass.

Migrating and Creating Systems Management Server 2.0 Shared Applications 
Sample Chapter 5 Describes the options available to you when you migrate SMS 1.2 PGC applications to SMS 2.0. The concepts explained here can also help you to install new SMS 2.0 shared applications. 

Retaining Status Summaries After Advertisement Done
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 207722 - When you delete an advertisement, the status summary for the advertisement is also deleted. This prevents a build-up of obsolete status summaries. However, you may want to maintain the status summaries after you are done using the advertise

Using Conv20.exe to Check Database Integrity
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200653 - Database integrity is essential to any Systems Management Server site database if it is to operate smoothly and efficiently. In Systems Management Server 2.0, administrators can use the Conv20.exe utility to check for and repair any SMS database integrity issues

Using DeletePDF to Delete Imported PDFs 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199135 - In Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0, administrators have the ability to use Package Definition Files (PDF) to ease the setup of packages for software distribution. The ability to add and/or modify PDFs can be found by right-clicking the the packages node under Site Database in the SMS Administrator. Once PDFs have been imported, they can not be deleted from within the SMS Administrator. Instead, you can use the DeletePDF utility located in the \Support directory of the SMS 2.0 CD-ROM.

Using SMS Service Manager to Query, Start, or Stop SMS Services
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199993 - SMS Service Manager is a Systems Management Server 2.0 component that is used to monitor, start, and stop Systems Management Server services. To start the SMS Service Manager, do the following:


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