The console tree contains a hierarchical listing of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 objects. There are three panes by default in the Configuration Manager 2007 console: the console tree on the left, the results pane in the middle, and the Action pane on the right. The results pane displays the contents of an item in the console tree. For example, when you click a specific collection in the console tree, the contents of that collection are displayed in the results pane. The Action pane displays the same options you would see if you right-click an object and look at the shortcut menu.

You navigate the console tree by clicking items, expanding and collapsing branches to expose the items whose functional scope meets your administrative objectives. The following table describes console tree functions.

Use these console tree items To perform these tasks

System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Display the root item of the console tree, which represents the primary site server that the console is currently attached to.

Site Database

Select the site database for the site you want to manage. You can customize the console by connecting to multiple site databases.

Site Management

Configure site-wide settings for this site or any child sites in the hierarchy.

Computer Management

Use the Configuration Manager 2007 features to manage Configuration Manager 2007 clients.

System Status

Use the Configuration Manager 2007 status system for maintenance and troubleshooting tasks.

Security Rights

Set security rights for Configuration Manager 2007 security objects such as collections, packages, and advertisements.


Start and stop Configuration Manager 2007 service and thread component activity.

When you use the Configuration Manager 2007 console, follow this general pattern:

  1. Determine the task that you want to perform. Refer to the appropriate section in Help to assist you with identifying common Configuration Manager 2007 management tasks.

  2. Find the appropriate item in the console tree that makes it possible for you to accomplish the task.

  3. Expand the console tree to expose additional child items until you find the item you need to use. Or, right-click an item to open action menus that will guide you to the appropriate item.

  4. Configure the item's properties.

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