What is SMS (System Management Server) ? Can anyone help me to know about SMS? Could anyone specify some links for technical documentation?
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This is positively my last response to your posts, Bhuvan, since you clearly are unable to use basic Internet tools. Let me try one last time:


Answered 03/03/2008 by: VBScab
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I have already tried with Google and in MSDN site. I couldn't get the point what they are trying to say. And so I posted in the forum. So, try to post replies if you wish. Otherwise please dont insult others like this.
Answered 03/03/2008 by: bhuvan
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If your query is at the stage where you are having to ask "What is SMS" then it sounds like you need to start by looking at a high level overview of the product's capabilities.


(I arrived at the above link by Googling for "Systems Manager high level overview", BTW)

Once you have done that and you and/or your organisation wish to proceed further, then there are plenty of instructor-led courses where you might learn more.


(found by Googling for "Systems Management Server training")

I'm sure that the previous poster did not intend to insult, but I support the sentiment behind his reply. Where I personally have found this forum to be most useful is to answer specific queries and the more supporting information you can provide with the query, the better the chance you have of receiving the answer(s) you seek.


Answered 03/03/2008 by: spartacus
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You make the point on my behalf with that statement.

From that Google link, I got here http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/default.mspx then I clicked the 'Product Information' link on the left-hand menu to get here http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/evaluation/default.mspx then I clicked 'Product Overview' http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sms/bb676790.aspx where I found this sentence:

Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 R2 builds upon the base of the SMS 2003 SP2 foundation to provide a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform. SMS 2003 R2 enables organizations to quickly and cost-effectively provide relevant software and updates to users from Microsoft and non-Microsoft vendors.

How much more explanantion would anyone need as to what SMS is? This much more (edited to remove 'fluff')?:

Key Capabilities
SMS 2003 R2 provides the following key capabilities:

Inventory Tool for Custom UpdatesBuilding a more secure and reliable infrastructure while lowering operating costs relies on the ability to update independent software vendor (ISV) and in-house applications as well as updates provided by Microsoft. With SMS 2003 R2 and the Inventory Tool for Custom Updates (ITCU), organizations can achieve this goal quickly and efficiently.

Scan Tool for Vulnerability AssessmentSoftware installation errors and misconfigurations compromise security and stability, resulting in escalated support costs. Scan Tool for Vulnerability Assessment (STVA) can help prevent errors, increasing your organizational uptime and helping you build a more secure infrastructure. The tool provides vulnerability assessment reporting for common software misconfigurations using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0 engine.

Lastly, further down the page, there's http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sms/bb676790.aspx#EGEAC
Answered 03/03/2008 by: VBScab
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Too funy :)
Answered 03/03/2008 by: ogeccut
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