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Troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager

By : Gerry Hampson
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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

Community contributions

Finally, as user group community leaders, we couldn't leave this section out of the troubleshooting toolkit. Configuration Manager has such a great collection of community contributors that have likely to have been through our troubleshooting pain before us and either blog about it, post it on a forum, or create a fix for it. There is such an array of free tools out there that people share that we cannot ignore them. Outside of troubleshooting specifically, some of the best add-ons available for Configuration Manager are community contributions, whether that be from individuals or businesses. There are so many utilities that are ever evolving and not all will suit your needs, but if we browse the Microsoft TechNet galleries, Codeplex, and GitHub, you are sure to find a great resource to meet your requirements. Why not get involved with a user group too? In terms of troubleshooting, this is probably one of the best things I personally could recommend. It gives access to a network of people who work on the same product as us and are often using them in the same way, so it is quite likely that someone has seen our problem before and can fast forward us to a solution.

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