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How to Create a Fallback Status Point in Configuration Manager

Updated: May 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

The fallback status point receives state messages from Configuration Manager 2007 clients when they install and when they fail to communicate with a management point. The state messages sent to the fallback status point provide administrators with information about client status.

Before installing the fallback status point, ensure that Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed and configured to accept incoming messages using the site-wide HTTP port using anonymous HTTP communication. For more information about installing IIS if you are running Windows Server 2008, see How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Site Systems.

As a security best practice on production networks, do not install the fallback status point on a site system server that is also running a management point role or any other site system role that accepts messages from client computers that require HTTPS communication. For additional security information related to the fallback status point, see Best Practices for Securing Site Systems.

The method used to create the fallback status point depends on whether you want create a new site system on which to add the fallback status point site role or whether you want to add this role to an existing site system. When installation is complete, use the following log files to verify successful installation:

  • fspmsi.log—located in the SMS\Logs folder on the site system server hosting the fallback status point role.

  • smsfspsetup.log—located in the SMS\Logs folder on the site system server.

To create the fallback status point on a new site system server

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Site Management / <site code> - <site name> / Site Settings / Site Systems.

  2. To launch the New Site System Server Wizard, right-click Site System Roles, click New, and then click Server.

  3. On the General page of the New Site System Server Wizard, specify the following information:

    • Name: Enter the short name (NetBIOS or host name) of the computer to be used as a new site system server. Ensure that the computer name entered can be resolved over the network by the site server and clients. The computer name entered is not validated by the New Site System Server Wizard and cannot be changed after you have closed the wizard.

    • Intranet FQDN: Specify a fully qualified domain name for intranet-based clients to communicate with this fallback status point. This configuration is recommended but not required.

    • Internet FQDN: Specify a fully qualified domain name for Internet-based clients to communicate with this fallback status point. This configuration is required if you want to support Internet-based client computers.

    • Select an account to use to install the fallback status point. If no Windows domain user account is specified, the site server computer account is used.

      noteNote
      For more information about these options, see New Site Role Wizard: General Page.

    • Click Next.

  4. On the System Role Selection page, select Fallback Status Point and then click Next.

  5. On the Fallback Status Point page, specify the following:

    • Confirm that the option Allowed client connections displays the correct setting for the site system's server placement and configuration:

      • Allow intranet-only connections

      • Allow both intranet and Internet client connections

      noteNote
      The preceding options are set automatically and cannot be directly changed by the administrator.

    • Number of messages: Specify the number of state messages that the fallback status point can process within the specified throttle interval.

    • Throttle interval (in seconds): Specify the throttle interval in seconds. Only the specified number of state messages will be processed during this interval.

      noteNote
      For more information about these options, see ConfigMgr Fallback Status Point Properties: General Tab.

  6. To view the Summary page, click Next on the Fallback Status Point page.

  7. To complete the wizard, click Next on the Summary page.

To create the fallback status point on an existing site system server

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Site Management / <site code> - <site name> / Site Settings / Site Systems.

  2. To launch the New Site Role Wizard, right-click the server that will be assigned the fallback status point site role and then click New Roles.

  3. On the General page of the New Site Role Wizard, specify the following:

    • Intranet FQDN: Specify a fully qualified domain name for intranet-based clients to communicate with this fallback status point. This configuration is recommended but not required.

    • Internet FQDN: Specify a fully qualified domain name for Internet-based clients to communicate with this fallback status point. This configuration is required if you want to support Internet-based client computers.

    • Select an account to use to install the fallback status point. If no Windows domain user account is specified, the site server computer account is used.

      noteNote
      For more information about the preceding options, see New Site Role Wizard: General Page.

    • Click Next.

  4. On the System Role Selection page, select Fallback Status Point and then click Next.

  5. On the Fallback Status Point page, specify the following information:

    • Confirm that the option Allowed client connections displays the correct setting for the site system's server placement and configuration:

      • Allow intranet-only connections

      • Allow both intranet and Internet client connections

      noteNote
      The preceding options are set automatically and cannot be directly changed by the administrator.

    • Number of messages: Specify the number of state messages that the fallback status point can process within the specified throttle interval.

    • Throttle interval (in seconds): Specify the throttle interval in seconds. Only the specified number of state messages will be processed during this interval.

      noteNote
      For more information about the preceding options, see ConfigMgr Fallback Status Point Properties: General Tab.

  6. To view the Summary page, click Next on the Fallback Status Point page.

  7. To complete the wizard, click Next on the Summary page.

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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