Server Environment

Document the location and function of the computers that run the core services of your network, such as domain controllers, DNS and WINS servers, Internet Information Services servers, computers running SQL Server or Terminal Services, Exchange servers, print servers, and file servers.

Document current naming conventions for products you use with SMS, such as Windows 2000 and SQL Server. This helps you establish and document naming conventions for SMS elements in your project plan. These elements include sites, site codes, servers, and the objects that are used by or created in the SMS Administrator console. Because the SMS site code is used to uniquely identify each SMS site, it is especially important that these codes are assigned and tracked by the SMS central site administrators.

It is recommended that you document the following hardware, software, and network information for each domain controller and file server in your network, because some of these servers might also function as SMS component servers:

  • Type and speed of the microprocessor and amount of RAM installed

  • Disk and array controller characteristics and configuration, including whether Windows Cluster Service or Windows Network Load Balancing Service is enabled

  • Naming conventions

  • Devices and their characteristics, including size, MB of cache, and the drive models and types (for example, ultra-wide SCSI, 18 GB, 7200 RPM)

  • Primary domain controllers and backup domain controllers

  • Servers running Terminal Services

  • Platform operating system, version, and language

  • DHCP servers and IP address scopes

  • WINS servers

  • DNS servers

  • Relevant software applications located on servers, including anti-virus software

  • Novell NetWare and other third-party network servers


  • Novell NetWare servers are not supported as SMS servers in SMS 2003.

See Figure 7.4 for a sample network diagram showing a basic server environment. Use a database or spreadsheet to store specific information about each server.

Figure 7.4 Sample server environment diagram


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