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Operating System Deployment: Computer Association Node

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

A computer association organizes the migration of user state and settings from a source computer to a destination computer. The source computer is an existing computer that is managed by Configuration Manager 2007, which contains the user state and settings that will be migrated. These settings are migrated to a specified destination computer.

The Computer Association node displays a list of the computer associations that have been created, the actions that can be run, and, when a computer association is selected in the Computer Association results pane, specific actions that can be run for that computer association are displayed.

The computer associations that have been created are displayed in a list in the Computer Association results pane. The Source Computer column is used for the default sort order. The following columns are displayed by default:

  • Source Computer: The name of the source computer that contains the state that is being migrated to a destination computer.

  • Source MAC: The MAC address of the network adapter installed in the source computer.

  • Destination Computer: The name of the computer that the migrated settings will be applied to.

  • Destination MAC: The MAC address of the network adapter installed in the destination computer.

  • Migration Type: The migration type used to store the user state. The migration types are Side-by-side, and In-place.

You can also add the following two columns using Add/Remove columns.

  • Source User: The name of the user profile associated with the source computer that is being migrated to a destination computer. The user profile reported is the most recent user account to access the computer when the last hardware inventory was run. This information is intended to help identify the computer, but does not affect the migration process.

  • Destination User: The name of the user profile on the destination computer that migrated settings will be applied to. This is the same as the Source User profile.

You can filter the computer associations that are displayed in the Computer Association results pane using the four filter actions located above the list.

Filter Action List

Look For
Enter all or part of a computer association name, or use the drop-down list to select from existing filter criteria.

In
Select the column to use when applying the filter criteria.

Find Now
Click Find Now to run the filter.

Clear
Click Clear to remove the filter and display the entire list.

When a specific computer association is selected in the Computer Associations results pane, the General tab on the lower half of the Computer Associations results pane displays the following properties of the computer associations:

  • Migration date - Date the source computer settings were restored to the destination computer.

  • State deleted on - Date the computer state was deleted from the state migration point after the retention period has elapsed.

  • Date state saved - Date the source computer state was saved

  • State location - Location where source computer settings were saved

  • You can right-click an existing computer association and the following default actions are available:

noteNote
You must have Configuration Manager 2007 recover user state permissions to access this information

  • Specify User Accounts - specifies which user accounts will be migrated. By default all user profiles are migrated.

  • View Recovery Information - displays the user state recovery information for the computer association. The associated source and destination computer information is displayed with the user state store location and the user state recovery key.

You can select the following default actions grouped under Computer Associations in the Actions pane. You can collapse the default actions by clicking the up arrow in the Computer Associations section header.

Default Action List

New
Select this action to run the Manage Computer Association Wizard to create a new computer association or to create a new folder at the highlighted location in the console tree.

Import Computer Information
Select this action to run the Import Computer Information Wizard. This wizard allows you to import information about unknown or new computers into the Configuration Manager 2007 database. For more information about importing new computer information see: How to Add a New Computer to the Configuration Manager Database

View
Select this action to add or remove columns in the Computer Associations results pane, to export the list of computer associations to a tab-delimited or comma-delimited text or unicode text file, and to hide the search bar in the Computer Associations results pane.

New Window from Here
Select this action to display a new Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console window rooted at the selected node in the console tree.

Refresh
Select this action to refresh the Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console display.

Properties
Select this item to display general properties for the Computer Associations node, and to set class security on that node.

Help
Select this action to display Configuration Manager 2007 product help for this node.

When you select a computer association in the Computer Associations results pane, you can run the following actions grouped under that computer association's name section in the Actions pane. You can collapse the default actions by clicking the up arrow in that section header.

Actions for Selected Computer Association

Delete
Select this action to delete the computer association. When you delete a computer association, you will be prompted to confirm the deletion. If the Date state saved or State deleted on fields are blank, The migration might not yet have completed, and some target computers might not yet have restored user state. Do not delete the computer association until all target computers have restored user state.

Source computer properties
Select this item to display detailed properties for the source computer in the selected computer association.

Destination computer properties
Select this item to display detailed properties for the destination computer in the selected computer association.

Cut
Select this action to cut the selected computer association to paste in another computer association folder in this tree.

Refresh
Select this action to refresh the Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console display.

Help
Select this action to display Configuration Manager 2007 product help for this node.

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