Posted on May 9, 2013 by in Application Packaging, Desktop Engineering, SCCM Interview FAQ

    The following are Frequently Asked Questions on SCCM duirng an interview for Application Packaging/Deployment Position:
    The question and answers are being collected from Various MSI blogs and Articles. My effort is confined to collecting as much material as possible from various sources and publishing it at once place.

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    Can you change a secondary site to a primary site? No. A secondary site is always a secondary site. It cannot be upgraded, moved, or changed without deleting it and reinstalling it. If you delete and reinstall, you lose all secondary site data.


    Can you distribute a package to a computer without making it a member of a collection? No. To distribute software you must have a package, a program and an advertisement. Advertisements can only be sent to collections, not to computers. If you want to distribute a package to a single computer, you must create a collection for that computer.


    What is Secondary Site? The following are the four main characteristics of a secondary site:

    1. A Secondary Site does not have access to a Microsoft SQL Database
    2. Secondary Sites are ALWAYS a Child Site of a Primary Site and can only be administered via a Primary Site
    3. Secondary Sites cannot have Child Sites of their own
    4. Clients cannot be assigned directly to the Site


    What is CENTRAL SITE? A Central Site is a Configuration Manager Primary Site that resides at the top of the Configuration Manager hierarchy. All Database information rolls from the child to the parent and is collected by the Central Site’s Configuration Manager Database. The Central Site can administer any site below it in the hierarchy and can send data down to those sites as well.


    What is PRIMARY SITE? The following are the four main characteristics of a Primary site:

    1. The Site has access to a Microsoft SQL Server Database
    2. Can administer or be administered via the Configuration Manager Console
    3. It can be a child of other Primary Sites and can have Child Sites of its own
    4. Clients can be assigned directly to the Site


    How do you distribute a package?
    1. create a package in SCCM, pointing it to the installation sources, and in the package create an install program.
    2. Assign Distribution Points to your package so the contents get synched.
    3. create a Collection containing the objects (users/computers) that are allowed to receive the package.
    4. create an Advertisement for the distribution, linking the package you created to the collection, decide whether the Adverisement is mandatory (installation enforced) or not (users have to go to the “Run Advertised Programs” dialog in Windows and select to install the program)


    How SCCM download the patches? You need to add the Software Update Point site role to the site, configure the software update point as active, configure the products, classifications, sync settings, etc. in the Software Update Point properties.  THEN, you can go to the Update Repository node and run the Run Synchronization action from the central primary site.  Once synchronization completes, you will see the metadata in the Configuration Manager console.


    How do you Backup SCCM Server? To create a scheduled backup task, expand the Site Settings node and expand the Site Maintenance node, click on Tasks.
    For Manual backup – Start SMS_SITE_BACKUP service


    What are the client deployments methods? Client Push Installion, Software update point based installation, Group Policy Installation, Logon Script Installation, Manual Installation, Upgrade Installation(software Distribution)


    What are the prerequisite for Software Update Point? Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0, WSUS 3.0 Administration Console, Windows Update Agent (WUA) 3.0,Site server communication to the active software update point,Network Load Balancing (NLB),Background Intelligent Transfer Server (BITS) 2.5,Windows Installer
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