Designing and Planning the SMS Environment

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These questions are derived from the Self Test Software Practice Test for Microsoft exam # 70-089 – Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003

Objective: Designing and Planning the SMS Environment

SubObjective : Analyze the current environment

Single Answer, Multiple Choice

You are the SMS administrator of your company. The network of your company consists of a single SMS 2.0 SP4 site. The network contains desktop computers that run Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98, Windows 95, and Macintosh operating systems.

To enhance the security of the current SMS site and to use the new features provided by SMS 2003, your company is planning to upgrade the existing SMS site from SMS 2.0 SP4 to SMS 2003 SP1. You have been entrusted the responsibility of identifying the client computers that will not be supported by SMS 2003 SP1.

What should you do to identify the operating system or systems that will not be supported by SMS 2003 SP1?

  • Run the SMS software inventory feature.
  • Run the SMS hardware inventory feature.
  • Run the Systems Management Installation Wizard.
  • Run the Deployment Readiness Wizard.

Answer:
D. Run the Deployment Readiness Wizard.

Tutorial:
You should run the Deployment Readiness Wizard. The Deployment Readiness Wizard enables you to determine the steps that should be performed to prepare your site hierarchy for an upgrade. You are required to run the Deployment Readiness Wizard while upgrading an existing SMS 2.0 site to an SMS 2003 site. The Deployment Readiness Wizard indicates whether the existing SMS site meets all the prerequisites to be upgraded or not. You must run the Deployment Readiness Wizard on SMS 2.0 SP4 or higher site servers to identify all the operating systems, network operating systems, or processor types that SMS 2003 and not SMS 2.0 support. You should run the Unsupported client operating systems test in the Deployment Readiness Wizard to identify the operating systems that are not supported by SMS 2003. The list of operating systems that are not supported by SMS 2003 includes MS-DOS computer, Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows 3.11, Microsoft Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 SP5 (or earlier), Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, WinPE (Windows Preinstall), Macintosh operating systems, Novell NetWare, Microsoft Small Business Server and Alpha-based systems.

You should not run the SMS software inventory feature. SMS software inventory is used to collect information about the client’s software. The software inventory feature collects detailed file information, and can be used to copy files from clients in an SMS site to the site server. You can collect information, such as file size, file date, file path and the name of the product that a file is a part of by using software inventory. The SMS software inventory feature cannot be used to identify the client computers that will not be supported by SMS 2003 SP1.

You should not run the SMS hardware inventory feature. The SMS hardware inventory feature automatically collects detailed information regarding the hardware characteristics of clients in an SMS hierarchy. The hardware inventory feature can be used to collect information, such as memory, operating system, peripherals, services, and processes, about client computers running on the client computer. The SMS hardware inventory feature cannot be used to identify the client computers that will not be supported by SMS 2003 SP1.

You should not run the Systems Management Installation Wizard. The Systems Management Installation Wizard is used to install the Legacy Client software. You can use the SMSMan.exe file to run the Systems Management Installation Wizard.

Reference:
TechNet, Search, “Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide,” “Part 3: Planning,” “Chapter 11: Planning an Upgrade,” “Preparing to Upgrade”

TechNet, Search, “Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide,” “Part 1: Introduction,” “Getting Started,” “Unsupported Operating Systems and Features”

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