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: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/chats/trans/sms/07_0719_tn_sccm.mspx
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 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb681020.aspx. One of the interesting sections of this article includes the following details:
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:
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 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb509309.aspx) - and there are MANY other TechNet and MSDN virtual labs to try out, both for beta and for released Microsoft products.
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