Child configuration items in Configuration Manager 2007 are copies of configuration items that retain a relationship to the original configuration item; therefore, they inherit the original configuration from the parent configuration item.

When you view the properties of a child configuration item in the Configuration Manager console, you will be able to view but not edit the inherited objects and settings with their validation criteria. However, you can add and then edit additional validation criteria to the child configuration item, and you can also add new objects and settings to the child configuration item. Therefore, the usual purpose for creating and editing a child configuration item is that it refines the original configuration item to meet your business requirements.

The child configuration item will be automatically created with the display name of New <type> configuration item - <date and time>, where <type> is one of the three configuration item types supported by the Configuration Manager console, and <date and time> is the date and time on the site server at the time of creating the child configuration item.

To create a child configuration item

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Desired Configuration Management / Configuration Items.

  2. Right-click the configuration item that you want to duplicate, and then click Create Child Configuration Item.

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