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How to Assign Configuration Manager Clients to a Site

Updated: June 1, 2011

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

You can assign a Configuration Manager 2007 client to a site by using one of the following methods:

  • Assign or reassign the client during installation, by either providing the Configuration Manager 2007 site code or by setting the site code to AUTO, which automatically discovers a site.

  • Manually assign or reassign the client after installation.

  • Use Windows Group Policy to assign or reassign the client.

  • If the Active Directory schema has been extended for Configuration Manager 2007 and the SMSSITECODE installation property is set to AUTO, the client will query a management point to determine its assigned site.

If you automatically assign clients to sites, the clients' IP address must be within the site boundaries of a Configuration Manager 2007 site.

If you assign or reassign the client to a site by using Windows Group Policy, the site code is stored in a registry key on client computers. To reassign a client to another site, change the Group Policy setting to update the registry key. Use the Group Policy administrative template named ConfigMgr2007Assignment.adm that is supplied in the folder TOOLS\ConfigMgrADMTemplates on the Configuration Manager 2007 installation media to apply the site assignment configuration to client computers.

ImportantImportant
You cannot change the value of this registry key directly.

If you want to reassign a client that has been provisioned for AMT, first remove the AMT provisioning information when the client is still assigned to the original site and select the option to disable automatic reprovisioning. Then reprovision the AMT-based computer after the client is successfully assigned to the new site. For more information about how to remove the AMT provisioning information and prevent automatically reprovisioning, see How to Remove Provisioning Information for AMT-Based Computers.

Use the following procedures to assign a site to the Configuration Manager 2007 client during or after client installation:

To assign the client to a site during installation by using client push:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Site Management / <site code> – <site name> / Site Settings / Client Installation Methods.

  2. Right-click Client Push Installation, and then click Properties to open the Client Push Installation Properties dialog box.

  3. On the Client tab, enter the SMSSITECODE command line property in the Installation properties: field as one of the following:

    • SMSSITECODE=AUTO to automatically assign a Configuration Manager 2007 site.

    • SMSSITECODE= <site code> to assign the client to the specified site.

  4. Click OK.

To assign the client to a site during installation by using the command line:

  • Refer to How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Manually and specify the client.msi property SMSSITECODE as one of the following:

    • SMSSITECODE=AUTO to automatically assign the client Configuration Manager 2007 site.

    • SMSSITECODE= <site code> to assign the client to the specified site.

To assign the client to a site after installation by using Configuration Manager Properties in Control Panel:

  1. Navigate to Configuration Manager in the Control Panel of the client computer, and double-click to open its properties.

  2. Click the Advanced tab, and specify the site code to assign the client to in the Currently assigned to site code: field.

    noteNote
    You can automatically find the local site code by clicking Discover.

  3. Click OK.

    noteNote
    For more information about the options in this dialog box, see Configuration Manager Properties: Advanced Tab.

To assign the client to a site after installation by using Windows Group Policy:

  1. Import the administrative template ConfigMgr2007Assignment.adm into a new or existing Group Policy object, using an editor such as Windows Group Policy object editor.

  2. Open the properties of the imported setting Configure Site Assignment.

    noteNote
    If you cannot see the properties of the imported administrative template, this might be because the filtering options for your Group Policy editor are preventing these from being displayed. Specify less restrictive filter options to display these properties. For instance, in the Filtering options dialog box of the Windows Group Policy Object Editor, clear the checkbox Only show policy settings that can be fully managed.

  3. Click Enabled.

  4. In the Assigned Site field, enter the three character code of the Configuration Manager 2007 site you want to assign computers to.

  5. In the Site Assignment Retry Interval (Mins) field, enter the retry interval the client should use when attempting to assign to the specified Configuration Manager 2007 site. The default value is 60 minutes.

  6. In the Site Assignment Retry Duration (Hours) field, enter the maximum length of time that the client should attempt to try and assign to the specified Configuration Manager 2007 site. The default value is 12 hours.

  7. Assign the Group Policy object to the computers that you want to assign or reassign to the Configuration Manager 2007 site code included in the Group Policy object.

    noteNote
    For information about Windows Group Policy, refer to your Windows Server documentation.

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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