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Troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager

By : Gerry Hampson
Book Image

Troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager

By: Gerry Hampson

Overview of this book

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is the most popular enterprise client management solution in the world with some of the best features available. Troubleshooting this product, however, is not always as simple as you might want, not least getting to know the hundreds of log files and understanding how the various components work. The book starts with discussing the most commonly used tools for troubleshooting the variety of problems that can be seen in Configuration Manager. It then moves to providing a high level view of the available log files, their locations, what they relate to and what they typically contain. Next, we will look at how we can fully utilize and extend all the available information from the console monitoring pane through to the status messages and down into error logging with some further reaches into WMI, SQL, registry and the file structure. You will then learn what the common error codes mean, how to make sense of the less common ones and what they actually mean with respect to Configuration Manager. Further to this, you will pick up widely acknowledged best practices both from a proactive stance when carrying out your daily administrative tasks and also from a reactive position when the green lights start to turn red right down to a complete failure situation. By the end of the book, you will be competent enough to identify and diagnose the root causes of System Center Configuration Manager administration issues and resolving them.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Configuration Manager Monitoring Workspace and Log Files

Registry Editor

Also worth a mention is the Registry Editor that is built into Microsoft Windows on both server and client operating systems. Most IT administrators know this as regedit.exe and it is the default tool of choice for making any changes to or just simply viewing the contents of a registry key or value. Many of the Configuration Manager roles and the clients allow us to make changes to enable features such as extended logging or manually changing policy settings by using the registry to do so. It should be noted that changing the registry is not something that should be taken lightly as making incorrect changes can result in creating more problems not just in Configuration Manager but also in the operating system as a whole. If we stick to the published settings though we should be fine and this can be a fine tool when troubleshooting oddities and problems in a Configuration Manager environment.