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What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for April 2009

Updated: April 1, 2009

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 December 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 a note about the limitations in using Office Web Components as a server-side solution for reporting points.

Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Supported Configurations

Updated to include a note about the limitations in using Office Web Components as a server-side solution for reporting points.

Configuration Manager and Name Resolution

Updated to reflect that DNS is required for name resolution when you are using the Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 feature, out of band management. This requirement has also been added as an external dependency in Prerequisites for Out of Band Management.

Prerequisites for Internet-Based Client Management

Updated and revised for the verbs and headers that are required for each Internet-based site system. This information might be required for firewall configuration.

Determine the Ports Required for Internet-Based Client Management

Updated with specific information about the communication between servers running the software update point. This information is included in a number of topics related to Internet-based client management.

Determine Whether You Need to Enable Certificate Revocation Checking (CRL) On Clients (Native Mode)

Updated to clarify that CRL checking for clients is enabled by default when the site is installed in native mode and disabled by default when the site is installed in mixed mode and then migrated to native mode. Several other topics have also been updated with this clarification.

Configuration Manager in Multiple Active Directory Forests

Updated text to clarify information.

How to Configure Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Site Systems

Updated to include the fallback status point.

Updated to remove unnecessary step in the procedure to enable WebDAV.

How to Configure SQL Server Site Database Replication

Updated to clarify that there is not a tool to automatically configure SQL Server database replication for Configuration Manager 2007 site systems.

How to Repair a Central Site and How to Repair a Primary Site

Updated to clarify that if the local drives on site server and SQL Server destination option has been selected for the backup destination in the Backup ConfigMgr Site Server maintenance task, the site database backup files must be manually copied to the same location as the site data backup files before repairing a site.

How to Configure Network Load Balancing for Configuration Manager Site Systems

Updated to reflect that default port rule should be set to single affinity.

Configuration Manager 2007 Features

 

Topic Description

How to Deploy a Branch Distribution Point

Updated to include information about using protected boundaries.

Overview of Out of Band Management

Updated to list the versions of AMT that are natively supported by Configuration Manager 2007 SP1.

Prerequisites for Out of Band Management

Updated with clarifications that the Intel HECI driver is required for in-band provisioning only; DHCP is also required for in-band provisioning; IPv6 is not supported; in-band provisioning is not supported with Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Tablet PC.

Certificate Requirements for Out of Band Management

Updated with the information that SHA-1 is the only supported hash algorithm for the AMT provisioning certificate.

Choose Between In-Band Provisioning and Out of Band Provisioning

New topic to help you determine the provisioning method to use for AMT-based computers.

AMT Provisioning Issues for Out of Band Management

Updated with the following:

  • New troubleshooting entry "Configuration Manager Fails to Provision Computers Because the Active Directory OU or Container Does Not Exist". The help for the dialog box Out of Band Management Properties: General Tab has also been updated with the information that the Active Directory container value will not be dynamically updated if the previously selected OU or container has been renamed or deleted in Active Directory Domain Services.

  • New troubleshooting entry "Configuration Manager Fails to Provision Computers In a Child Domain Because of Missing DCOM Access Permissions," which describes a CA configuration requirement when the issuing CA is in another domain.

Troubleshooting Task Sequence Initiated Operating System Deployment Issues

Updated with known issue regarding the maximum size of task sequence .xml files. Task sequence files cannot be larger than 4 MB.

Apply Operating System

Updated the description of the Apply Operating System task sequence action to include the setting of the OSDTargetSystemDrive task sequence variable that specifies the letter of the operating system partition.

Setup Windows and ConfigMgr

Updated with information about variables usable in sysprep.inf and unattend.xml. Variables such as %WINDIR% and %ProgramFiles% will not work in these files.

Operating System Deployment Task Sequence Variables

Added to the list of variables. The SMSTSLocalDataDrive task sequence variable specifies where temporary files are stored on the target computer while the task sequence is running.

Apply Operating System Task Sequence Action Variables

Updated the description of the Apply Operating System task sequence action to include the setting of the OSDTargetSystemDrive task sequence variable that specifies the letter of the operating system partition.

How to Install Software Packages as Part of a Task Sequence

Corrected information regarding how to install multiple software packages using a task sequence.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Report Model in SQL Reporting Services - Simple

Replaces the topic "Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Report Model in SQL Reporting Services" to provide updated procedures for creating a SQL Reporting Services report model using a single view from the Configuration Manager database.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Report Model in SQL Reporting Services - Advanced

New topic providing procedures to create a SQL Reporting Services report model using multiple views from the Configuration Manager database.

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying a Report Model to Configuration Manager

New topic providing a procedure for making SQL Reporting Services report models available to report authors from the Configuration Manager console.

About Configuration Items in Desired Configuration Management

Updated to specify the objects and settings that can be used to define compliance when using desired configuration management.

Problems Editing Configuration Data in the Configuration Manager Console

Updated to clarify the first troubleshooting entry that configuration baselines and configuration items that were not created at the site will display with a lock symbol in the Configuration Manager console and cannot be edited. Another entry has also been clarified that describes a scenario where duplicated configuration data might revert to the original name.

Security and Privacy for Configuration Manager 2007

 

Topic Description

How to Remove the Trusted Root Key

Updated with the corrected information that the trusted root key must be removed or replaced before you can successfully reassign a Configuration Manager client from one hierarchy to another hierarchy, even if the new site is published in Active Directory Domain Services.

Out of Band Management Security Best Practices and Privacy Information

Updated the security best practice of using in-band provisioning instead of out of band provisioning with additional information about the security risks and the steps you can take to help reduce these risks.

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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