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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     What is SMS Provider?  The SMS Provider is a WMI provider that allows both read and write access to the Configuration Manager 2007 site database. The SMS Provider is used by the Configuration Manager console
    The SMS Provider can be installed on the site database server computer, site server computer or another server class third computer during Configuration Manager 2007 Setup. After setup has completed, the current installed location of the SMS Provider is displayed on the site properties general tab


     What is ITMU?  SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates


     What is the use of WSUS (Windows Server Update Service)?  It enables administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to computers that are running the Windows operating system.


    Can you assign clients to a secondary site?  No.If you have a secondary site, the client must be assigned to the primary parent of the secondary site. However, Configuration Manager knows how to manage clients at the child secondary site. If there is a distribution point at the secondary site that has the content the clients need, the clients will probably get the content from the local distribution point instead of crossing the WAN link to the primary site.


    Can Configuration Manager 2007 be used to package software for distribution?  No. Configuration Manager 2007 delivers command lines to clients and can force those command lines to run with administrative rights using the Local System account. Configuration Manager 2007 command lines can be batch files, scripts, Windows Installer files with .msi extensions, executable files – any file that the operating system can run, Configuration Manager 2007 can distribute. However, Configuration Manager 2007 does not actually package any software for distribution.


    Can computers show up in the Configuration Manager console before they have the Configuration Manager client installed? Yes. If you use a discovery method, Configuration Manager can find many resources and create data discovery records (DDRs) for them, and those DDRs are stored in the database. However, you cannot use Configuration Manager features such as software distribution, software updates management, and inventory until you install the client components.


    Can a site have more than one default management point?  No. You can configure more than one management points in a site, but only one of those management points can be configured as the default management point to support intranet clients in the site. If you are concerned about performance, you can configure more than one management point, configure them to be part of a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster, and them configure the NLB cluster as the default management point.


    Can a secondary site have child sites? No. A secondary site cannot have a primary or secondary site reporting to it. Secondary sites are always child sites to a primary site.


    Can you install the Configuration Manager client components without discovering the computer first?  Yes. Client Push Installation is the only client installation method that requires clients to be discovered first.


    What are the required ports used by Configuration Manager? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632618.aspx
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