Managing and Maintaining an 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 : Managing and Maintaining an SMS Environment
SubObjective : Distribute software

Single Answer, Multiple Choice

You are the SMS administrator of your company. The SMS 2003 hierarchy of your company consists of a single primary site. The site server is configured as a management point, a distribution point and a server locator point. The client computers run Windows 2000 Professional and are configured as SMS Advanced Client.

You are responsible for deploying an application to all client computers on the network. You create an advertisement to deploy the application. The network administrator reports that the package download for the advertisement is consuming all the bandwidth. You investigate and discover that SMS packages are downloaded directly by using Server Message Block (SMB).

You are required to ensure that SMS packages are not downloaded directly by using SMB. What should you do?

  • Upgrade the SMS 2003 site to SMS 2003 SP1.
  • Configure the distribution point to use Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).
  • Upgrade the client computers to Windows XP Professional.
  • Configure the advertisement to run by using administrative rights.

Answer:

B. Configure the distribution point to use Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).

Tutorial:
You should configure the distribution point to use Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). Distribution points can be configured to use BITS to preserve the bandwidth used by clients to download packages. When BITS is enabled, clients are able to download programs in a throttled manner and use checkpoint restart to automatically recover from network communication errors. Software distribution uses BITS technology, which can transfer files from distribution points that have BITS enabled. SMS 2003 distribution points use BITS to automatically detect the client network connection capacity and adjust transfer rates efficiently. BITS can be enabled on any SMS 2003 distribution point that is running IIS. When a client is well connected to the distribution point in a local roaming boundary, SMS packages are downloaded directly by using SMB if BITS is not enabled on the distribution point. BITS is more efficient than SMB and preserves the bandwidth used by clients to download packages by enabling the clients to download programs in a throttled manner and uses checkpoint restart to automatically recover from network communication errors.

You should not upgrade the SMS 2003 site to SMS 2003 SP1. You should configure the distribution point to use BITS to ensure that SMS packages are not downloaded directly by using SMB. SMS 2003 distribution points also support the use of BITS. Therefore, upgrading the SMS 2003 site to SMS 2003 SP1 is not required and will not ensure that packages are not downloaded directly by using SMB unless the additional step of enabling BITS is performed.

You should not upgrade the client computers to Windows XP Professional. You should configure the distribution point to use BITS to ensure that SMS packages are not downloaded directly by using SMB. To use BITS, the client should be configured as SMS Advanced Client. Windows 2000 Professional can also be configured as Advanced Client. Therefore, upgrading the client computers to Windows XP Professional is not required and will not ensure that SMS packages are not downloaded directly by using SMB.

You should not configure the advertisement to run by using administrative rights. You select the Run with administrative rights option under the Run mode heading to configure the advertisement to run by using administrative rights. This option is used to configure the program to run by using administrative credentials on the client computer. Configuring the advertisement to run by using administrative rights will not ensure that SMS packages are not downloaded directly by using SMB.

Reference:
TechNet Home > Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide > Part 2: Concepts > Chapter 2: Understanding SMS Sites > SMS Sites > Roaming and Roaming Boundaries

TechNet Home > Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide > Part 1: Introduction > Chapter 1: Introducing Systems Management Server 2003 > SMS 2003 Features and Enhancements > Software Distribution

TechNet Home > Systems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide > Part 1: Introduction > Chapter 1: Introducing Systems Management Server 2003 > SMS 2003 Features and Enhancements > Site System Roles

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