For those that are not aware, Microsoft has a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit that provides some excellent tools to help with troubleshooting, security hardening, and easier log viewing within SCCM.

 

 

 

 

 

To download System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=948e477e-fd3b-4a09-9015-141683c7ad5f&DisplayLang=en

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the tools that are included (as documented on Microsoft's Website)

 

  • Client Spy - A tool to help troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.

  • Policy Spy - A policy viewer to help review and troubleshoot the policy system on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.

  • Trace32 - A log viewer that provides a way to easily view and monitor log files created and updated by Configuration Manager 2007 clients and servers.

  • Security Configuration Wizard Template for Configuration Manager 2007 - An attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system with Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 (SP1 and SP2) that determines the minimum functionality required for a server's role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required.

  • DCM Model Verification - A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for the validation and testing of configuration items and baselines authored externally from the Configuration Manager console.

  • DCM Digest Conversion - A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators to convert existing SMS 2003 Desired Configuration Management Solution templates to Desired Configuration Management 2007 configuration items.

  • DCM Substitution Variables - A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for authoring desired configuration management configuration items that use chained setting and object discovery.

 

 

 

 

--Matt Royer