Publish site data for System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

After you extend the Active Directory schema for System Center Configuration Manager, you can publish Configuration Manager sites to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). This lets Active Directory computers securely retrieve site information from a trusted source. Although publishing site information to AD DS is not required for basic Configuration Manager functionality, it can reduce administrative overhead to do so.

  • When a site is configured to publish to AD DS, Configuration Manager clients can automatically find management points through Active Directory publishing. They use an LDAP query to a global catalog server.

  • When a site does not publish to AD DS, clients must have an alternative mechanism to locate their default management point.

For information about how clients find a management point, see Understand how clients find site resources and services for System Center Configuration Manager.

Configure sites to publish to AD DS

The following are the high-level steps:

To enable a Configuration Manager site to publish site information to Active Directory forest

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, expand Site Configuration, and click Sites. Select the site that you want to have publish its site data. Then on the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties.

  3. On the Publishing tab of the site's properties, select the forests to which this site will publish site data.

  4. Click OK to save the configuration.

To set up Active Directory forests for publishing

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, expand Hierarchy Configuration, and click Active Directory Forests. If Active Directory Forest Discovery has previously run, you see each discovered forest in the results pane. The local forest and any trusted forests are discovered when Active Directory Forest Discovery runs. Only untrusted forests must be manually added.

    • To set up a previously discovered forest, select the forest in the results pane. Then on the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties to open the forest properties. Continue with step 3.

    • To set up a new forest that is not listed, on the Home tab, in the Create group, click Add Forest to open the Add Forests dialog box. Continue with step 3.

  3. On the General tab, complete configurations for the forest that you want to discover, and specify the Active Directory Forest Account.

    Note

    Active Directory Forest Discovery requires a global account to discover and publish to untrusted forests. If you do not use the computer account of the site server, you can only select a global account.

  4. If you plan to allow sites to publish site data to this forest, on the Publishing tab, complete configurations for publishing to this forest.

    Note

    If you enable sites to publish to a forest, you must extend the Active Directory schema of that forest for Configuration Manager. The Active Directory Forest Account must have Full Control permissions to the System container in that forest.

  5. When you complete the configuration of this forest for use with Active Directory Forest Discovery, click OK to save the configuration.