Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3 Installation Release Notes

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These release notes contain information that you need to successfully install Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) Service Pack 3 (SP3). Much of this information is not available in the product documentation. Read these release notes thoroughly before you install SMS.

Additional release notes that document issues affecting SMS 2003 SP3 operations are provided in the Readme_Operations.htm file, on the SMS 2003 SP3 CD.

For more information about availability of the SMS 2003 SP3 release note files, see the SMS downloads Web site. Because the files on the Web site may be updated as new information becomes available, it is recommended that you check the Web site occasionally. You should also review the SMS Technical FAQ. This collection of frequently-asked questions will help you find quick answers to your questions about planning, deployment, security, backup and recovery, and a number of other SMS 2003 issues.

Before You Install SMS 2003 SP3

Before you install Systems Management Server 2003 SP3, read Scenarios and Procedures for Systems Management Server 2003: Planning and Deployment, which you can access from the Microsoft Download Center Web site.

Providing Feedback

Help the SMS documentation team ship the kind of product information you need most by giving us your feedback and comments. Send your documentation feedback to

If you have comments, suggestions, or other feedback about SMS:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Connect Site at

  2. In the menu on the left, click Available Connections.

  3. In the list of Available Connections, locate SMS 2003 / Configuration Manager Product Feedback.

  4. Click the Apply link, and then you will be immediately approved. You can then submit your feedback by clicking Feedback on the left.

Additional Resources for SMS

SMS Product Documentation

To find more than 20 new and updated documents that support SMS 2003 SP3, see the Microsoft Systems Management Server Product Documentation Web site. At this site you will find documentation about planning and deploying SMS, securing SMS, maintaining SMS and troubleshooting SMS. Consider this site your first and foremost location for the most current documentation supporting SMS 2003 SP3.

The following documents have been updated specifically for SMS 2003 SP3:

  • Scenarios and Procedures for Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003: Planning and Deployment Guide

  • Scenarios and Procedures for Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003: Security Guide

  • SMS 2003 Supported Configurations for SP3

  • SMS 2003 SP3 Status Message Documentation

SMS on the Web

To locate technical papers and information about related products, see the Microsoft Systems Management Server Web site.

Microsoft Online Support

To search the Microsoft Knowledge Base and other technical resources for fast, accurate answers to SMS questions, see the Microsoft Help and Support Web site. You can query the Knowledge Base to find an article about a specific issue by entering the article number.

Protect Against Security Vulnerabilities and Viruses

It is important to install the latest available security updates for any new software being installed to help protect against security vulnerabilities and viruses. For more information, see Microsoft Security.

Table of Contents

System Requirements

Installation, Servers

Installation, Clients

Uninstallation, Clients

Upgrading, General

Upgrading, Clients

Upgrading, Server

Hardware Inventory


Network Monitor

SQL Server

International Client Pack


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