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  • Blog Post: DCM Solution Troubleshooting Steps

    Here are some troubleshooting steps that you might want to perform for a successful DCM deployment / execution: 1. Install DCM Solution and ensure that all the files were deployed and the DCM Solution database created. 1. Create an SMS package / program and advertise it to any of the client machines...
  • Blog Post: DCM v 2.0 Download Updated

    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...
  • Blog Post: DCMSolution Database not created during installation

    There was a known issue in Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) Solution Accelerator v 1.0 where the DCMSolution database was not created during installation in specific cases. The issue occurred because the v 1.0 installer retrieved SQL information from a different registry path. However it happens...
  • Blog Post: XMLToDCMTransfer DTS package requires 3 mandatory files for proper execution

    In DCM v 2.0, the functionality of the XMLToDCMTransfer DTS package has been altered. In the current version (v 2.0), the DTS package requires the following three files to be present in the DCM UI folder for successful execution: DCM.xsd DCMXMLValidator.exe <machinename>_Mapping.xml...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: SMS 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring Version 2.0

    DCM v2.0 automates the configuration management audits between desired or defined configuration settings and actual configuration settings. DCM accomplishes this by allowing the user to define desired hardware, operating system and application configuration settings in multiple configuration data sources...
  • Blog Post: New 3rd Party Offerings for DCM

    Alpha Tech Solutions has recently released training for SMS 2003 DCM and they also offer an automatic rule generator to help create configuration manifests. I have not yet used or tested the rule generator tool, but I have seen the training and it combines useful audio and video instruction across multiple...
  • Blog Post: Sample DCM Manifests Available!

    Visit http://connect.microsoft.com to register for the DCM Configuration Manifest Beta program ! This program has been established to test and validate sample configuration files for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Deployment Automation Survey

    The Solutions for Infrastructure and Management team in the Core Infrastructure Solutions group wants to better understand customer needs around installation and configuration for Longhorn server deployment. We would appreciate it if you would complete a short survey on this topic. Your feedback will...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic link library file mscoree.dll could not be found – while executing DCM Engine

    While executing the DCM Command line wrapper (also called the DCM Engine) on a server, you might come across the error: “ Unable to locate dll - Dynamic link library file mscoree.dll could not be found in the specified path. ”. This is an error caused when dot net framework v 1.1 is not installed...
  • Blog Post: Management Exception While executing Desired Configuration Monitoring Engine

    You might run into a Management Exception while executing the DCM Command Line Wrapper (also called the DCM Engine). It’s a general practice to copy the bits of the DCM Engine to another machine in order to execute the engine on the other machine. In this process, you might forget to copy over the DCM...
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