Recovering Configuration Manager Sites

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

A Configuration Manager 2007 site recovery is required whenever a Configuration Manager 2007 site is installed with a site code or site server name that was previously used in the hierarchy. Repairing and re-synchronizing data are the core tasks of a site recovery, and are required to prevent interruption of operations and corruption of data.

Configuration Manager 2007 provides several recovery and repair tools to help you quickly and reliably complete tasks essential to restoring regular site operations.

The recovery and repair tools allow you to carry out certain commands to override existing configuration settings without having to directly access low-level data. Used correctly, these tools can greatly simplify certain site repair and recovery tasks, reduce the risks involved in editing low-level data, and enable operations that are not available through other methods.

In This Section

  • About the Site Repair Wizard
    The Configuration Manager Repair Wizard automates the steps required for a recovery process and provides relief from error-prone, repetitive, or technically complex recovery tasks.
  • Hierarchy Maintenance Tool (Preinst.exe)
    The Hierarchy Maintenance tool (preinst.exe) is a command-line tool that you can use to pass commands to the Hierarchy Manager while the Hierarchy Manager is running. It can help you diagnose problems in a site, repair a site, or stop all site services.


The tasks associated with site recovery and repair are complex. Failure to use the recovery tools appropriately can significantly interrupt site operations or cause an unrecoverable loss of data.

See Also


Overview of Backup and Recovery

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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