Overview

Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) 2.0 now supports configuration monitoring of desktops and servers. The accelerator allows the user to define desired hardware, operating system, and application configuration settings in multiple configuration data sources. Then, using the supplied auditing engine, DCM compares desired settings with actual settings and finally reports configuration compliance.

DCM 2.0 includes a redesigned user interface (UI) to reduce the time needed for defining Configuration Items. The new user interface supports complex rule definition with the Advanced View and adds a wizard-based simplified UI for defining simple rules as the Standard View. The new UI also includes common rule templates and enables users to define common rules specific to their organizations. In addition, CI rules can now be viewed and edited in a table view.

Notes

DCM 2.0 was updated and re-released on October 25, 2006, to address a known issue when parsing complex XPath query expressions generated using DCM 1.0. See the updated Release Notes for more details. If you have experienced any problems with DCM 2.0 rendering query expressions defined in DCM 1.0, I encourage you to download this updated version. Please see the updated Release Notes for more details.

Choose the SMS_DCM2.0_for_DotNet1.1.zip download package if you are using .NET Framework 1.1. Choose the SMS_DCM2.0_for_DotNet2.0.zip download package if you are using .NET Framework 2.0. With either DCM package, you also should download the Configuration_Items.zip and SMS_Reports.zip packages. You can select the files you want to download from the list on this page.

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