During the Stabilizing Phase, the developers focus on resolving any bugs found in the CI files during the pilot and on preparing the final files to be used in the deployment. Configuration items are being tested and corrected whenever necessary. To better understand how to use configuration item files, see “Appendix C: Commend-Line Syntax” in the Desired Configuration Monitoring Planning and Installation Guide.

Figure 5 illustrates the activities completed during the Stabilizing Phase.

Figure 5. Stabilizing Phase activities

Figure 5. Stabilizing Phase activities

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Roles and Responsibilities Roles and Responsibilities
Testing the Solution Testing the Solution
Conducting a Pilot Conducting a Pilot
Resolving Known Issues Resolving Known Issues
Repairing the Solution Repairing the Solution
Milestone: Configuration Item Files Ready Milestone: Configuration Item Files Ready

Roles and Responsibilities

Table 13 defines the focus areas of the different role clusters during the Stabilizing Phase.

Table 13. Roles and Responsibilities During the Stabilizing Phase



Product Management

  • Communications plan execution

  • Deployment launch planning

Program Management

  • Project tracking

  • Bug management


  • Bug resolution

  • CI file optimization


  • Testing and bug reporting

User Experience

  • Training materials

Release Management

  • Pilot management and support

  • Deployment planning

  • Operations and support training

Testing the Solution

The Desired Configuration Monitoring feature team can test the DCM solution in conjunction with tests related to the Deployment feature team.

Conducting a Pilot

The Desired Configuration Monitoring feature team should execute DCM pilots in conjunction with the pilots for the Deployment feature team.

Resolving Known Issues

For a list of known issues related to DCM, see “Resolving Known Issues” in the Desired Configuration Monitoring Planning and Installation Guide and “Unresolved Issues and Resolutions” in the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) 2.0 Release Notes.

Repairing the Solution

If the DCM solution components generate any application errors, repair the component by uninstalling and re-installing it. To uninstall a DCM component, use the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel item.

Milestone: Configuration Item Files Ready

Milestones are synchronization points for the overall solution. For more information, see the Plan, Build, and Deploy Guide.

At this milestone, shown in Table 14, the CIs that the Desired Configuration Monitoring feature team has created are now considered the final, or golden, CI files.

Table 14. Deliverables

Deliverable ID


Final Configuration Item Files Ready

CI file bugs are addressed.


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