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Discovery Overview

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 provides you with six configurable methods of discovery to search your network for resources. Each of these methods provides you with a different view of your network and will result in a different set of discovered resources.

All of these methods are configurable, but they are disabled upon site installation (with the exception of Heartbeat Discovery) and must be enabled prior to use. All use the same procedures for enabling the method.

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For information about using the Configuration Manager 2007 Software Development Kit to script and develop software for this feature, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129524.

In This Section

About Configuration Manager Discovery
Provides information about the discovery process in Configuration Manager.

About Active Directory System Group Discovery
Provides information about the Active Directory System Group Discovery method in Configuration Manager.

About Active Directory Security Group Discovery
Provides information about the Active Directory Security Group Discovery method in Configuration Manager.

About Active Directory System Discovery
Provides information about the Active Directory System Discovery method in Configuration Manager.

About Active Directory User Discovery
Provides information about the Active Directory User Discovery method in Configuration Manager.

About Network Discovery
Provides information about the Network Discovery method in Configuration Manager.

About Heartbeat Discovery
Provides information about the Heartbeat Discovery method in Configuration Manager.

About Active Directory Delta Discovery in Configuration Manager 2007 R3
Provides information about Active Directory Delta Discovery in Configuration Manager 2007 R3.

About DHCP Servers and Network Discovery
Provides information about using DHCP servers for Network Discovery in Configuration Manager.

About Router Hops in Network Discovery
Provides information about the role of router hops in the Network Discovery method.

Discovery Troubleshooting Flowcharts
Provides end-to-end workflows for Configuration Manager discovery processes.

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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