There are several resources to help you plan, deploy, operate, and troubleshoot Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 Service Pack 1.
If you havent already done so, read the release notes for last-minute changes to Configuration Manager 2007 and the Configuration Manager Documentation Library. The release notes are in the file ConfigMgr07SP1Readme inthe root folder of the product DVD. Reading the Release Notes is crucial to understanding issues that could not be documented in the product documentation.
Comprehensive information about Configuration Manager 2007 is available in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library. The Library includes both introductory topics such as overviews of features and concepts, as well as in-depth technical discussions and technical reference information.
There are several ways to access the Library.
- If you have not installed Configuration Manager 2007 yet, you
can locate the file SMSv4.chm under the product DVD, in
SMSSETUP\HELP. You can also copy the SMSv4.chm file to any
convenient location and run it locally, without installing the
Configuration Manager 2007 console.
- If you have installed Configuration Manager 2007, you can
access the Library in the Configuration Manager 2007 console by
pressing F1, by clicking Help buttons, selecting Help from the
Action menus, or by clicking some hyperlinks. After Configuration
Manager 2007 is installed, the SMSv4.chm file is installed in
- The entire Configuration Manager Documentation Library is
available on Microsoft TechNet in the System Center Configuration
Manager TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74317).
Updates to Product Documentation
As more information becomes available, the Configuration Manager Documentation Library might be updated on TechNet. Updates to the SMSv4.chm might also be available through software updates or as downloads. For more information, see the downloads page of the System Center Configuration Manager TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74317).
Important Setup Information
Deploying Configuration Manager 2007 is a multi-phased process. Running Setup is just one of many steps required to have a functioning Configuration Manager 2007 site. You should use the following steps to help ensure a successful deployment.
- Read the Release Notes.
- Read the planning and deployment information and develop your
- Decide if you will use simple setup or custom setup.
- Decide if you will use native mode or mixed mode. If you need
native mode, complete the native mode PKI requirements prior to
- Decide if you will use simple setup or custom setup.
- Verify that your site meets the prerequisites.
- Run Setup to install the site server.
- Configure your site settings and site systems according to your
- Deploy your clients.
- Plan and deploy additional features as needed.
Plan Your Deployment
You should complete the "Configuration Manager Preplanning Worksheets" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74532) before beginning the setup process to ensure that you are fully prepared to complete the configuration steps during the setup process.
|Installing Configuration Manager 2007 in your production environment without proper planning is unlikely to result in a functioning site that meets your business needs and security requirements, and is therefore not recommended.|
For more information about Setup option planning considerations, you should read the topic "Configuration Manager Planning and Deployment Overview" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74531).
Simple Setup and Custom Setup
There are two options for installing a primary site: simple setup and custom setup. In most cases, simple setup should be used for evaluation purposes only. Custom setup allows greater flexibility in configuring site system and client agent settings. Regardless of the installation option you choose, you can review all of the information that you enter at the setup wizard summary page before any changes are made to your system. After you have verified the setup options are correct, Setup will check to verify that all installation prerequisites are met. For a complete list of installation prerequisite rules and descriptions, review the topic "Setup Prerequisite Checks" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74533)
For more information about setup option planning considerations, review the topic "Configuration Manager Setup Overview" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74534).
Native Mode and Mixed Mode
There are two site modes available for Configuration Manager sites: native mode and mixed mode. Select native mode if you need the highest level of Configuration Manager security or must support Internet-based clients. Native mode requires an existing public key infrastructure (PKI) to support all the clients in the site and some of the site systems. The site server signing certificate must already be installed on the site server before running setup. Select mixed mode if the site will support SMS 2003 clients, has a parent site configured for mixed mode, or if you have an existing public key infrastructure (PKI) but have not yet installed the site server signing certificate on the site server.
For more information about Configuration Manager site modes, review the topic "Configuration Manager Site Modes" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74535).
Verify the Prerequisites
Before you begin installing Configuration Manager 2007, be sure that you meet the requirements outlined in the Configuration Manager 2007 supported configurations document (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74530).
You should always run the Prerequisite Checker prior to running Setup to verify that you have all of the requirements. You can run the Prerequisite Checker from the product autorun splash screen, or you can run Setup.exe /prereq.
If you have a plan, running Setup is the simplest part of the process. You can install a primary site, secondary site, or the Configuration Manager 2007 console. You should have a thorough understanding of these options before running Setup.
Configure Site Settings and Site Systems
After Setup is completed, you have a site server and some site systems, but you do not yet have a fully functioning site. Refer to the topic "Configuration Manager Tasks for Configuring a Single Site" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93180). If you have more that one site, you should also read "Configuration Manager Tasks for Configuring Multiple Sites" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93181).
After your site settings and site systems are configured, you must install Configuration Manager 2007 client software on the computers, devices, and mobile devices you want to manage. Some methods can be configured in the Configuration Manager 2007 console while others require additional infrastructure. For more information, see the topic "Configuration Manager Client Planning and Deployment" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93182).
Plan and deploy additional features
The features in Configuration Manager 2007 can be thought of as mini products unto themselves. You can decide which features you need and then plan and configure them accordingly. For a list of features, see the topic "Configuration Manager 2007 Features" in the SMSv4.chm or on the TechCenter. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93183). The list of features links you to the feature-specific information for planning and configuring that feature, including site system roles and client agents required for that feature.
If you would like to provide feedback, make a suggestion, or report an issue with Configuration Manager 2007, you can go to the Microsoft Connect site. You can right-click any node in the Configuration Manager 2007 console and click Give Feedback, or you can go directly to the Connect site at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=67307.
Some Troubleshooting Content is provided in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library installed with the product. As more troubleshooting information becomes available, see the Troubleshooting information in the Configuration Manager 2007 TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93059).
Technical Support Resources
For information about support resources available from Microsoft, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93185.
To see support resources created by other Configuration Manager 2007 administrators and Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93187.