Creating Configuration Items

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After navigating to the Desired Configuration Management node within the

Computer Management section of the Configuration Manager console, you will be presented with the Configuration Baselines and Configuration Items nodes.

Right-clicking the Configuration Items node will present you with a menu where you can select one of the configuration item types. You can also create two other object types, folders and search folders.

A folder is simply an organizational construct that will allow you to organize the configuration items logically into containers that make it easier for you to manage. It is completely up to you how you would like to organize the

configuration items. You can create a folder that will hold the three different types of configuration items, and then create subfolders to further organize each configuration item type into business unit containers or containers for each administrator to save their own configuration items.

Search folders come in very handy when you have many configuration items the site. Using a search folder, you enter the search criteria that you want to use when populating the folder. The search criteria are based upon specific properties defined on configuration items. Figure 14.2 shows some of the object properties that you can use when defining the search folder. The object properties are as follows:

Categories—Each

configuration item can be associated with one or more categories when created. Categories include Client, IT Infrastructure,

Line of Business, and Server by default. Other categories can defined as needed.

Category Instance Unique ID—Eac

category has a unique identifier within the site. Because each site can have its categories named the same as categories within parent or child sites, this option can be used to identify the unique category.

CI ID—Each configuration item has an identifier that is assigned when the configuration item is created. These numbers are sequential, so you can very easily tell the order in which configuration items were built.

CI Unique ID—Each

configuration item has a unique identifier that is ssigned by Configuration Manager when the configuration item is created.

CI Version—As changes are made to existing object and setting options within the configuration item, the version number is incremented by 1.

Primarily used in change control to determine how many changes are made.

Content Version—A

object and setting options are created or removed from the configuration item, the content version is incremented. Primarily used in change control to determine how many changes are made.

Created (UTC)—Defines the creation date and time of the configuration items.



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This article was published on 2011/07/25