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Discovery in Configuration Manager

Updated: March 1, 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

After a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site system has been installed and configured, you can begin adding resources and clients to the site. This is done using discovery, the term used for a variety of methods that search for resources across your network.

The following configurable discovery methods are available for locating resources in Configuration Manager 2007:

  • Active Directory System Group Discovery

  • Active Directory Security Group Discovery

  • Active Directory System Discovery

  • Active Directory User Discovery

  • Network Discovery

  • Heartbeat Discovery

The topics in this section provide detailed information about configuring and using the various discovery methods for finding resources in Configuration Manager 2007.

In This Section

Discovery Overview
Provides an overview of discovery methods.

Configuring Discovery in Configuration Manager
Provides procedures for running Configuration Manager 2007 discovery.

Discovery Privacy Information
Discusses privacy considerations when running discovery.

Troubleshooting Discovery
Notes common issues and solutions for discovery.

Technical Reference for Discovery
Includes additional reference material about discovery.

See Also

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