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SolutionBase: Performing common administrative tasks with SMS 2003

Create your own collections to be able to more easily manage groups of clients

SMS 2003 is Microsoft's latest foray into the system management space. In my previous three articles, I have provided you with an overview of SMS, and gone over a couple of different installation scenarios with the product. In this, the last article in this series, I will exhibit some of SMS's common administrative tasks that you need to undertake to get SMS up and running and really useful.

Author's Note

All of the items I show you here are performed from the SMS Administrator console, available at Start | All Programs | Systems Management Server | SMS Administrator Console.

Make sure the BITS Server Extensions are loaded on your SMS server

You learned in a previous article that SMS relies heavily on BITS--Background Intelligent Transfer Service--to efficiently transfer files around your network. This is different from the BITS service that Windows uses to download updates. It's an additional Windows component that you need to install.

For Windows Server 2003 family, use Add/Remove Windows Components to install the BITS server extension. From the Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs. Next, select Add/Remove Windows Components to display the Windows Components Wizard. Browse to and select Application Server | Internet Information Services (IIS) | Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Server Extensions. Make sure to have your Windows CD handy.

Managing collections

One of the first options under the Site Database selection gives you a way to manage collections in SMS. A collection is pretty much what it sounds like; through the use of collections, you can manage resources that have things in common. SMS comes with a number of predefined collections, all shown above. I've selected the 'All Windows Server 2003 Systems' collection. In this collection, you see both of my lab servers, both running Windows Server 2003 R2.