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 data sources. Then, using the supplied auditing engine, DCM compares desired settings with actual settings and finally…

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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 only when the default data / log file locations is…

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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 (at least one mapping file is required) The DCM.xsd and DCMXMLValidator.exe are deployed…

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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 and then using the supplied auditing engine, DCM compares desired settings with actual settings and then…

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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 scenarios for using the…

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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 2003. These manifests will help get you started with the DCM solution and save time in…

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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 be a critical factor in the design of the solution.   http://connect.microsoft.com…

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The Role of DTS packages in DCM Solution

The Desired Configuration Monitoring Solution Accelerator (DCM Solution) comes with two DTS Packages: SMSToDCMTransfer and XMLToDCMTransfer. The reports are rendered based on data available in the DCMSolution database. The two DTS Packages transfer data from the SMS Database and the XML mapping file respectively to the DCM Solution database.   ·        SMSToDCMTransfer The SMSToDCMTransfer DTS package…

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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 on…

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Check if a Registry value Exists using the Desired Configuration Monitoring Solution

The Desired Configuration Monitoring Solution (DCM Solution) ignores any rules under a Setting if the Setting does not exist. Let us take the case where you are trying to figure out the data of a registry value and do a compliance check on the same. If the registry value does not exist at all, it…

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