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What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for December 2008

Updated: December 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007

The following section describes what's new in the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library since August 2008. The topics listed in the table are new or contain significant technical changes to Configuration Manager 2007. Topics that contain minor changes to Configuration Manager 2007 are not listed.

Planning and Deploying the Server Infrastructure for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

Configuration Manager 2007 Supported Configurations

Updated to include new client and site system support information including: SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Windows XP Professional SP3, and Windows Mobile 6.1. Required update information for using SQL Server 2008 to host the site database was also added.

Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Supported Configurations

Updated to add new client and site system support information including: SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Windows XP Professional SP3, and Windows Mobile 6.1. Site server operating system upgrade to Windows Server 2008 from Windows Server 2003 information and required update information for using SQL Server 2008 to host the site database and was also added.

Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Supported Configurations

Updated to include recommended update information for using SQL Server 2008 to host the site database.

Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Installation Checklist

Topic title changed to more accurately reflect that R2 is an additional feature installation that requires Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and is not an upgrade installation.

Considerations for Upgrading Sites

Updated to clarify the default collection creation behavior during upgrades. Additional information about the performance impact to central sites when performing simultaneous child site upgrades added.

Hierarchy Maintenance Tool Syntax

Updated information about collected client discovery and inventory data replication behavior when using Preinst.exe.

How to Enable Success Logon Event Logging

Updated to correct the required setting to modify to enable success logon event logging. The setting name Audit account logon events was changed to Audit logon events.

How to Extend the Active Directory Schema Using an LDIF File

Updated to include information about the LDIFDE.exe –k command line switch to suppress Display Constraint Violation and Object Already Exists errors when extending the Active Directory schema for Configuration Manager 2007.

Setup Command Line Options

Updated to add command line information to specify client component file location while using Setup command line options to perform upgrade installations.

Certificate Requirements for Native Mode

Updated the section for site systems with the important information that when the software update point accepts client connections from the Internet only, the certificate must contain both the Internet FQDN and the intranet FQDN.

Prerequisites for Native Mode

Updated to clarify that when a primary site is in native mode, running a child primary site in mixed mode for a sustained period of time is a supported scenario. There is no requirement that all primary sites in the hierarchy are configured for the same site mode.

Configuration Manager and Content Location (Package Source Files)

Updated the section “How Clients Choose Distribution Points from the List” with corrected information about the retry behavior when the selected distribution point is unavailable.

Planning and Deploying Clients for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

About Configuration Manager Client Installation Properties

Updated with the following clarifications:

  • The /native: [<native mode option>] property description has been updated to clarify when this is needed.

  • CCMSetup examples have been revised to include multiple properties when they should be used in conjunction.

  • Further clarification added to the /MP and /Source CCMSetup properties.

How to Prevent the Configuration Manager Client Software from Being Installed on Specific Computers

Information added to clarify that this procedure excludes clients from installing only when using automatic site-wide client push.

Known Limitations in Configuration Manager Support for Windows Embedded

Support statement added. The remote control feature is not supported on devices running Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS).

How To Configure Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

About the Network Access Account

Information about the maximum password length allowed for the network access account added.

Configuration Manager 2007 Features

 

Topic Description

About Standard and Branch Distribution Points

Updated with information about client behavior when it attempts to connect to a branch distribution point on a workstation computer and the number of concurrent sessions has been reached.

Certificate Requirements for Out of Band Management

Updated with the information that if you use an external CA to issue the AMT provisioning certificate and it cannot support the Intel object identifier for AMT provisioning, you can use an OU attribute of Intel(R) Client Setup Certificate as an alternative. The use of the OU attribute has been added to the following topics:

Prerequisites for Out of Band Management

Updated with the following clarifications:

  • The ports information clarifies that power on commands that are issued by using the out of band management console are transmitted over port TCP 16993. This information is also added to the following topic as a suggested method of avoiding power on commands across a WAN link: How to Power On or Restart a Computer Using Out of Band Management.

  • The information about using network discovery information to identify computers with management controllers clarifies that an AMT Provisioning and Discovery Account might need to be configured rather than always needs to be configured.

AMT Provisioning Issues for Out of Band Management

Updated with the correct hotfix number of 942841, which was previously incorrectly documented as 42841.

Step-by-Step Example Deployment of the PKI Certificates Required for AMT and Out of Band Management: Windows Server 2008 Certification Authority

New topic that contains example deployment procedures using a Windows Server 2008 certification authority (CA) to deploy the PKI certificates required for out of band management.

Administrator Checklist: Configure Network Access Protection for Configuration Manager

Updated for the current titles of the Network Access Protection step-by-step guides.

How to Create a Reporting Services Point for SQL Reporting Services

Updated with information about configuring a SQL Reporting Services Point when more than one instance of SQL Reporting Services is installed on the server.

Troubleshooting SQL Reporting Services Issues

Added new troubleshooting item. Re-running a displayed SQL Reporting Services report after changing its properties does not refresh the display of the report in the Configuration Manager console

Overview of Remote Tools

Support statement added. Remote tools are not supported on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

Script Setting Properties: General Tab

Desired Configuration Management topic updated with information about how to use the value returned by a script to assess compliance on client computers.

Operating System Deployment Task Sequence Variables

Task sequence variables for operating system deployment updated with new variables and improved guidance. Variables now specify whether they are set (output) or read (input) by respective task sequence actions.

Task Sequence Editor - General Steps

Task sequence actions for operating system deployment updated to clarify the role of each action, specify what operating system the action runs in (full operating system, Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE), or both), and specify what task sequence variables are pertinent to the task sequence action.

The categories of task sequence actions updated include:

Prerequisites for Multicast for Operating System Deployment

Updated to specify that the Transport Server role service is required for Windows Server 2008 to support multicast for operating system deployment.

How to Add a Boot Image to Configuration Manager

Updated details on permissions required to add a boot image for operating system deployment and clarified guidance for creating custom boot images.

How to Configure the PXE Service Point

The service site can be either a primary or secondary site. Also updated requirement of WAIK 1.1 for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and R2.

Boot Image Properties - Distribution Settings Tab

Operating System Install Packages Properties - Distribution Settings Tab

Updated with settings for multicast features for Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

How to Enable Multicast for Operating System Deployment

Updated with steps to ensure an advertisement is set to download content using multicast. Also clarified guidance for using encryption for multicast.

Security and Privacy for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

Ports Used by Configuration Manager

Updated the section “Installation Requirements for Internet-Based Site Systems” with the information about using the Microsoft RPC configuration tool (rpccfg.exe) to configure a limited range of ports for the RPC packets that are used when installing Internet-based site systems and installing packages onto Internet-based distribution points.

Overview of Configuration Manager Cryptographic Controls

Updated the section “Cryptographic Algorithms Used in Configuration Manager” with information that for most cryptographic operations, Configuration Manager uses SHA-1, SHA-2 and 3DES algorithms from the Windows CryptoAPI library rsaenh.dll.

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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