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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

Software update point

The software update point is most likely to be resident in the vast majority of Configuration Manager installations around the world. In short, this role provides us with the facility to deploy software updates for Microsoft operating systems and applications in a way that gives us more control over other updating options, such as manual or Windows Server Update Services. The installation of the role is not generally too difficult but does have some particular prerequisites, depending on the version of Windows Server operating system that is running the server which hosts the role. If the role is being installed for the first time, it is important to reference the Microsoft TechNet library for the specific requirements of the relevant operating system, and therefore the version of WSUS that is being installed as part of the implementation. These can be found here—

It is also worthwhile stepping through the procedure...