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Determine If You Need to Publish to DNS

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

Publishing the Configuration Manager 2007 default management point to DNS adds a service location resource record (SRV RR) for this site system role in the management point's DNS zone. Enabling this option would be appropriate for the following scenario:

  • Active Directory Domain Services is not extended with the Configuration Manager 2007 schema extensions, or the site supports clients from another forest that are managed on the intranet.

  • You are not using WINS, and Configuration Manager 2007 is configured to use intranet fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) for site systems.

To publish to DNS, the following two conditions must be met:

  • Your DNS servers support service location resource records, using a version of BIND that is 8.1.2 or higher.

  • The specified FQDNs in Configuration Manager 2007 have host entries (A records) in DNS.

noteNote
DNS publishing in Configuration Manager 2007 does not support network load balanced management points, so you should not enable DNS publishing in Configuration Manager 2007 if you are using network load balancing management points. Instead, network load balancing management points are located through Active Directory Domain Services with Configuration Manager 2007 schema extensions, WINS (with a manual entry) if the site is in mixed mode, or through a server locator point.

You can automatically publish the default management point to DNS if your DNS servers support automatic updates, or you can manually publish the default management point.

ImportantImportant
For clients to find their default management point in DNS, you must assign the clients to a specific site (rather than use auto-site assignment) and configure these clients to use the site code with the domain suffix of their management point. For more information, see How to Configure Configuration Manager Clients to Find their Management Point using DNS Publishing.

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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