System management server overview
SMS 2.0 is a Microsoft BackOffice systems management tool that can both operate in and manage an assortment of network environments. Systems Management Server (SMS) enables network environments and network resources to be centrally controlled. The core control point or center of Systems Management Server is the SMS Administrator console. This is a snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). The industry standard for Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) is the core of SMS data collection and presentation.
The main functions of SMS are listed here:
- Resource discovery.
- Hardware and software inventory.
- Software distribution.
- Software metering.
- Network Analysis.
- Remote support through the Remote Tools feature.
The SMS Administrator console is used to access and initiate these SMS 2.0 functions. A process known as resource discovery must be performed first to find computers, network hardware, and groups and users.
The main SMS components are listed here
An SMS site consists of the following SMS components:
- SMS site server.
- SMS site systems.
- SMS clients and resources.
The structure that links multiple sites together is called a hierarchy. The hierarchy is created by linking sites together so that parent-child relationships can be formed as given below:
- Parent site: This is a SMS site that contains one or multiple additional site beneath it.
- Child site: This is a SMS site that has a parent site residing over it in the hierarchy.
The system management server roles are:
1. Logon points:This is a SMS site system that is the initial connection point between a SMS site and client computer. Functions performed by logon point includes:
- Collection of discovery information on the client.
- Determines the site assignment of the client.
- Pass the client a list of client access points (CAPs).
2. Client access points:This is a SMS site system that operates as the exchange point between SMS clients and the SMS site server. At the CAP; inventory, and status information and discovery information is gathered. Advertisement information can be retrieved from the CAP.
3. Distribution points:This is a SMS site system that installs the following components which deal with running a package at a SMS client computer:
- Package files.
4. Software metering servers:This is a SMS site system which enables administrators to perform a number of management activities such as,
- Grant/deny licenses for applications running on an SMS client.
- Monitor and track application usage on SMS clients.
- Restrict application usage on SMS clients.
5. SMS client: This is a computer running a Microsoft operating system listed below. A SMS client is installed through the SMS client component software, an is assigned to a SMS site.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
- Windows XP Professional.
- Microsoft Windows 2000.
- Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.
- Microsoft Windows NT 3.51, Service Pack 5 or above.
- Microsoft Windows 98.
- Microsoft Windows 95.
System management server networks analysis:
The key administration tasks which you can perform using Network Monitor are summarized below:
- You can capture frames directly from the network which you are monitoring.
- You can configure capture filters to specify the type of information which should be captured by Network Monitor.
- You can view captured frames immediately once the capture is complete, or at some later stage.
- You can filter captured frames by creating display filters. This allows you to find specific information in a capture.
- You can create triggers if you want certain actions performed when the content of a packet(s) match a predefined condition.
- You can edit captured frames and pass them on.
- You can capture frames from a remote computer.
There are two versions of Network Monitor available:
- The basic Network Monitor version which is included with Windows Server 2003.
- The full Network Monitor version which is included with Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).
With the full version of Network Monitor included with SMS 2.0, you can monitor network activity and capture frames on all devices on the network segment. The features listed below are solely available when the full Network Monitor version of SMS 2.0 is utilized:
- Capture frames from a remote computer
- Edit captured frames and pass them on.
- Resolve device names to MAC addresses.
You can also determine the following information:
- The user who is consuming the most bandwidth
- The protocol that is consuming the most bandwidth
- The devices which are routers.
System management server remote tools:
SMS Remote tools enable administrators to control remote client computers. The Remote Tools set provides the following features:
- Remote control
- Remote reboot
- Remote chat
- Remote execute
- File transfer
- Windows diagnostics
- DOS diagnostics
- Ping test
With SMS 2.0 Remote Tools are categorized as follows:
Remote Diagnostics: Provides the capabilities listed here:Remote Functions: Indicates whether the SMS administrator or the local user manages the level of access of the administrator.
- Control a client computer’s mouse and keyboard
- Execute a program
- Copy files
- View the configuration settings of client computers.
Remote tools can be installed on the following components when you run SMS 2.0 Setup:
- SMS primary site.
- SMS secondary site.
- On a Windows server as a SMS Administrator console.
Before clients can use Remote Tools, the following requirements have to be met:
- Remote access to the client must be allowed.
- The client must be a SMS client.
- The client must have the Remote Tools Agent must be installed. The Remote Tools Agent must be enabled/running.
The SMS Administrator console computer and the SMS client must use the same protocol:
That’s it for now.