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How to Specify the Server Locator Point for Configuration Manager Client Computers

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

Server locator points are used in a Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy to complete site assignment and locate management points when clients cannot locate that information through Active Directory Domain Services.

If you need more information about whether you need a server locator point, see Determine If You Need a Server Locator Point for Configuration Manager Clients.

Specify the server locator point for clients using one of the following methods:

  • Manually publish the server locator point in WINS so that clients can automatically locate it.

    Client computers search WINS for the server locator point if the client.msi installation property SMSDIRECTORYLOOKUP=NOWINS has not been specified.

  • Assign the server locator point to clients during client installation, using the client.msi property SMSSLP=<server locator point name> on the CCMSetup command line.

ImportantImportant
For native mode clients to use a server locator point, they must be configured to allow HTTP communication for roaming and site assignment.

For more information about this configuration, see How to Configure HTTP Communication for Roaming and Site Assignment.

Additionally, the server locator point is published to Active Directory Domain Services. If you have extended the Active Directory schema for SMS 2003 but not for Configuration Manager 2007, clients can automatically find a server locator point through Active Directory publishing if they are in the same Active Directory forest as the site server. In this scenario, there is no requirement to manually specify the server locator point in WINS or on the CCMSetup command line.

To publish the server locator point in WINS:

To assign the server locator point on the CCMSetup command line:

  • Install the client with the installation property SMSSLP=<server locator point name>

    Example CCMSetup.exe SMSSITECODE=A01 SMSSLP=server1

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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