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How to Import a Configuration Baseline in 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 baselines in Configuration Manager 2007 reference predefined configuration items and configuration baseline rules around those configuration items. You can import a configuration baseline if it is in a cabinet (cab) file format and adheres to the supported Service Modeling Language (SML) schema.

You can import configuration data from the following sources:

  • Configuration baselines that have been downloaded from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Pack Web page (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71837).

  • Configuration baselines that have been exported from Configuration Manager 2007.

  • Configuration baselines that have been externally authored and conform to the SML schema.

When you import a configuration baseline, some or all of the configuration items that are referenced in the configuration baseline might also be included in the cabinet file. During the import process, Configuration Manager verifies that all of the configuration items that are referenced in the configuration baseline are either also included in the cabinet file, or already exist in the Configuration Manager 2007 site. The import process will fail if you attempt to import a configuration baseline that references configuration data that Configuration Manager cannot locate.

Other scenarios where the import process might fail include the following:

  • You try to import a configuration baseline that references configuration items that already exist in the Configuration Manager 2007 site, but are older versions than the same configuration items in the Configuration Manager 2007 site.

  • You try to import a configuration baseline with the same name as one that already exists, and it has the same configuration baseline version but a different content version. For more information about configuration baseline versions and content versions, see About Content Versions in Desired Configuration Management.

  • You export a configuration baseline, delete the configuration baseline from the site, and import it before the original configuration baseline has aged out. By default, deleted configuration data is retained in the database for 90 days and the site maintenance task Delete Aged Configuration Management Data runs once a week. To successfully import configuration data that has been recently deleted, temporarily configure the Delete Aged Configuration Management Data task so that the value for Delete data older than (days) is sufficiently low to delete the original configuration data, and schedule the task to run in the near future. For more information about this maintenance task, see Delete Aged Configuration Management Data Task Overview.

To help troubleshoot import problems, see Import Failures with Desired Configuration Management.

To import a configuration baseline

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Desired Configuration Management.

  2. Right-click Configuration Baselines, Import Configuration Data to load the Import Configuration Data Wizard, and then follow the wizard instructions.

    noteNote
    For information about the options in the wizard, see Import Configuration Data Wizard.

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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