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About Authoring Configuration Data for Desired Configuration Management

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

Configuration Manager 2007 supports the authoring of configuration data, which consists primarily of configuration baselines and configuration items, in the Configuration Manager console. Configuration Manager is able to present this configuration data in a user-friendly format called DCM Digest, which is a specialized XML document that Configuration Manager uses. You can author configuration data using the Configuration Manager console, or by directly authoring a DCM Digest XML file or Service Modeling Language (SML) file.

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For information about the Service Modeling Language, see the SML Workgroup Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=78992) and reference the following Web site: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=78991.

Configuration data that is created with the Configuration Manager console can be exported into a .cab (cabinet) file. When configuration data is imported into Configuration Manager, the format can be one of the following:

  • DCM Digest XML only.

  • SML XML only.

  • SML XML that contains some DCM Digest XML schema.

Imported configuration data that contains only DCM Digest XML is converted into SML XML during the import process, and all configuration data is displayed and can be modified.

When the imported configuration data consists of SML XML only or contains some DCM Digest XML, some configuration item details might not be displayed in the Configuration Manager console. However, you can still add those configuration items to configuration baselines, and the configuration data is correctly interpreted by client computers when they evaluate their compliance.

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When the configuration data is SML XML only, and the Configuration Manager console is unable to interpret it, it is displayed as an uninterpreted configuration item.

Authoring Configuration Data

You can create configuration data in the following ways:

  • You can create configuration data externally with an XML editor and then import it into Configuration Manager if it is first packaged as a .cab file.

  • You can create configuration data within Configuration Manager by using the following wizards:

    • Create Application Configuration Item Wizard

    • Create Operating System Configuration Item Wizard

    • Create General Configuration Item Wizard

    • Create Configuration Baseline

You can also import configuration data that has been published by Microsoft and other software vendors and solution providers as best practices in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs. You can download Configuration Packs from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs Web page (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71837).

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Published configuration data can be digitally signed so that you can verify the publishing source and be sure that the data has not been tampered with. If the digital signature verification check fails, you will be warned and prompted to continue with the import. It is recommended you import only configuration data from external sources if it has a valid digital signature from a trusted publisher.

After the configuration data is imported into the Configuration Manager 2007 site, it can then be managed in the Configuration Manager console, and used to create configuration baseline assignments. For more information, see Desired Configuration Management Administrator Workflows and Desired Configuration Management Checklists.

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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