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By chris.harrison ·
I am trying to deploy SMS 2.0 SP2 as a small, single site system (~200 users). So far I have encountered the following problems:

- Network discovery is completely unreliable, only picks up DHCP leases, and stops after 2 minutes.

- Manual client installation does not work, as SMSman.exe can't find a server to manage the client.

- NT logon discovery automatically installs the client sw. I cannot use this as we have many RAS users, and slownet.exe is also completely unreliable.

SMS &SQL are installed on a dedicated server, on the same IP subnet and NT domain as all other servers and clients. Clients are DHCP and have been picked up through the DHCP server. All servers have static IP's and cannot be found.

Can anyone offer some advice?

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by ron In reply to SMS deployment problems

Hi Chris

The key to SMS 2.0 is to remember that it will rush off and do everything on its own unless you restrict it. Check your boundaries are correct. I gave up on the network discovery as it is a bit flakey. I normally use the logon discovery service, turn it on and leave it for a couple of hours so that it creates its installation folders on your BDC's then ron the SMSman.exe from those server on your workstations. That will give you a controlled method with which to install them, also you can run this from a login script so you can do the users in batches just to add an extra level of control.

Hope this helps.

ron@robsonroad.fsnet.co.uk

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by ron In reply to SMS deployment problems

P.S.
Use the push install for NT servers only. Set it not to automatically install worlstations and install them using the SMSman.exe. Also SMSman.exe will only work when the logon discovery installation folders have been created.

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by chris.harrison In reply to SMS deployment problems

Thanks Ron - some very useful advice that doesn't appear in the books, the website, the courses, etc.

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