First Update: A transcript of the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Desired Configuration Management (DCM) TechNet Chat from July 2007 is available at the Microsoft TechNet website:

Second Update: Take a moment to review the SCCM TechCenter Article titled "About Configuration Items in Desired Configuration Management Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007" which can be found at One of the interesting sections of this article includes the following details:

  • You can author configuration data using the [SCCM] Configuration Manager console, or by directly authoring a DCM Digest XML file or Service Modeling Language (SML) file.
  • Configuration data that is created with the Configuration Manager console can be exported into a .cab (cabinet) file.

NICE! For management technologists, for IT Pros, or for anyone seeking XML-based configuration data used by Microsoft products, this indicates a way to get hands-on samples and examples. By using the SCCM DCM Configuration Manager console, you can become familiar with DCM Digest (XML-based) configuration statements by exporting built-in or custom SCCM DCM Configuration Baslines.

Of course, that means you need to obtain a copy of the SCCM product and DCM resources:

Using the Online Virtual Lab, I was able to launch the console, and quickly create a Configuration Baseline that contained the following details:

  • Use the IT INFRASTRUCTURE Category
  • Search for a specific Operating System version on the target system(s)
  • Determine presence of the Required SCCM Client
  • Determine presence of the Required Software Update

Once the new Configuration Baseline had been saved in the console, I could now EXPORT the XML-based configuration data. Alternately I could use the built-in link to view the XML code in an instance of Internet Explorer.

Requirements for using the TechNet Virtual Labs can be found here ( - and there are MANY other TechNet and MSDN virtual labs to try out, both for beta and for released Microsoft products.

--- mark

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