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What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for August 2007

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007

The following table describes what's new in the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library as of August 2007. The topics listed in the table are new or contain significant technical changes. Topics that contain minor changes are not listed.

Planning and Deploying the Server Infrastructure for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

Certificate Requirements for Native Mode

Updated to clarify that the site server signing certificate is only required on primary site servers, and not on secondary site servers. Certificate requirements for mobile devices have also been clarified with a separate entry from client computers.

Configuration Manager and Content Location (Package Source Files)

New conceptual topic that helps to explain how clients retrieve the source files they need for advertisements and software updates.

Configuration Manager and Network Load Balancing Clusters

New topic that explains how Configuration Manager can take advantage of site systems configured in network load balancing clusters.

Configuration Manager and Service Location (Site Information and Management Points)

Revised and updated with the corrected order in which clients find management points.

Configuration Manager Service Principal Name Requirements

New topic that explains Configuration Manager Service Principal Name (SPN) requirements.

Configuration Manager Supported Configurations

Changed free disk space required on client. This now reads 350 MB minimum.

Prerequisites for Internet-Based Client Management

Updated the external dependencies for Internet-based client management to include firewall requirements at the application level. This includes the required headers and verbs that are used with Internet-based client management traffic.

Planning and Deploying Clients for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

About Client Site Assignment in Configuration Manager

Clarifications about the site compatibility check that occurs during site assignment.

Example Assignment Scenarios for Configuration Manager: Primary Sites

New technical reference topic to help explain using scenarios how site assignment works when clients reside within boundaries of primary sites.

Example Assignment Scenarios for Configuration Manager: Secondary Sites

New technical reference topic to help explain using scenarios how site assignment works when clients reside within boundaries of secondary sites.

Example Roaming Scenarios for Configuration Manager: Complex

New technical reference topic to help explain using scenarios some more complex roaming scenarios, and how a combination of factors and configuration can lead to often unwanted results.

Example Roaming Scenarios for Configuration Manager: Simple

New technical reference topic to help explain using scenarios which management point roaming clients communicate with when roaming.

How to Initiate Policy Retrieval for a Configuration Manager Client

New client procedural topic for easy reference when testing or troubleshooting.

How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Software Update Point Based Installation

Updated with clarifications for how to configure the Active Directory Group Policy object so that the software update point is specified in the correct format for software updates after the client is installed.

Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Client Issues

This topic has been split into the following 5 sections, with updated troubleshooting information in each section:

How to Configure Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

How to Configure an SPN for NLB Management Point Site Systems

New How-To topic that explains the procedure for configuring NLB management point site system SPN requirements.

How to Configure an SPN for SQL Server Site Database Servers

New How-To topic that explains the procedure for configuring SQL Server site database server SPN requirements.

How to Configure Network Load Balancing for Configuration Manager Site Systems

New How-To topic that explains the procedure for configuring network load balancing for Configuration Manager site systems.

How to Configure the Active Software Update Point Component to Use an NLB Cluster

New How-To topic that explains the procedure for configuring NLB software update point site systems.

Management Point Component Properties: General Tab

Updated SPN requirements when configuring the management point component to use a network load balancing (NLB) cluster virtual server as the default management point for a Configuration Manager 2007 site.

Settings to Export or Transfer

Added tables that show which settings are transferred in the Transfer Site Settings wizard and whether they are transferred to Configuration Manager 2007 primary sites, secondary sites, or secondary SMS 2003 sites.

Configuration Manager 2007 Features

 

Topic Description

Compliance Information Missing in Desired Configuration Management

Additional items listed in this desired configuration management troubleshooting topic that helps you identify and resolve problems related to compliance results.

Configuration Manager Network Access Protection SoH Generation

Updated technical reference flow chart that shows how the Configuration Manager System Health Agent (SHA) generates a statement of health (SoH) in Configuration Manager 2007.

Configuring the Network Policy Server for Configuration Manager

Updated section so that configuration guidance for options on the Network Policy Server is more closely aligned to the Windows NAP "Step-by-Step" guides. Specifically, these topics have been revised:

Error Codes in Configuration Manager Reports

New topic that explains how to interpret error codes displayed in Configuration Manager reports.

How to Downgrade the Mobile Device Client From a Newer Client Version

New topic that explains how to install an older mobile device client on a mobile device currently running a newer client.

How to Perform a Mobile Device Client Self-Test

New topic that explains how to test the communication between a mobile device and the mobile device management point.

Import Failures with Desired Configuration Management

New topic that lists the circumstances under which importing desired configuration management configuration data will fail, to help you diagnose and resolve import failures.

Known Issues for Mobile Device Management

New topic that describes known issues for the mobile device management feature and solutions for issues when available.

NAP Evaluation Conditions for Configuration Manager Clients

New technical reference topic that lists the conditions under which the Configuration Manager 2007 Network Access Protection client agent will perform a NAP evaluation rather than use cached results.

Problems Editing Configuration Data in the Configuration Manager Console

Additional items listed in this desired configuration management troubleshooting topic that helps you identify and resolve problems editing configuration data.

About Software Updates Reports

Fixed production error that prevented the list of troubleshooting reports from displaying. Added some notes to clarify how information is displayed.

Unexpected Compliance Results in Desired Configuration Management

New topic that lists known compliance evaluation results for specific scenarios, such as error conditions.

Unexpected Data in Desired Configuration Management Reports

Additional items listed in this desired configuration management troubleshooting topic that helps you identify and resolve display information in the reports.

Troubleshooting Software Updates Issues

Added topics

Security and Privacy for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

About the Internet Guest Account in Configuration Manager

Added a new topic about the Internet Guest (IUSR) account.

Best Practices for Securing Site Systems

Added information about using Microsoft SQL Server best practices with Configuration Manager 2007.

How to Manage Accounts from the Command-Line

Added a workaround to use the MSAC command line tool to modify the password for the Client Push Installation account.

Added a workaround to fix a known issue when using the -G -R options to set a strong password on all child sites.

How to Manually Exchange Public Keys Between Sites

This topic has been modified to correct the preinst /keyforparent command line instructions.

Security Checklists for Configuration Manager

Additional checklists have been added and the previous checklist has been updated.

Technical Reference for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

Computer Client Agent Properties: General Tab

Updated an incorrect value for the policy polling interval. This now reads 60 minutes.

Custom Error Codes for Configuration Manager 2007

Several new topics provide detail about custom error codes. Where possible, troubleshooting topics provide possible solutions for common error codes.

Ports Used by Configuration Manager

Updated an incorrect port number for SMB ports. The correct SMB port is 445.

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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