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sccm clients installed and pointing to test server how to point them to production server

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we have a test bed that was used to deploy images and software via sccm.  we now need to point the clients to the real production server, which has a different name and site code.  how can we do this?  do we have to uninstall the client or can we just change a config file and register it with the production server?  We do not do AD with the sccm environment at all.  it is 2 standalone environments with clients manaully installed at the start.  thanks in advance
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i have read this before.  thanks for the pointer. But how will it know that the site is on a totaly different server with different ip# and name?
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From memory - SCCM uses extended schema AD to locate it's Server Location Points (SLP).  So if you set up a new server with new new host name and new IP address this would be available in AD so that the SCCM client can query it to automatically find the server.  You only have to provide the SiteCode to the client and it does the rest.

As you dont use AD you have to manually make use of WINS - this is something I havent implemented myself so would not like to advise further but I think you should investigate further down these lines..

Anyone else available who has this kind of setup?
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If you have extended your AD Schema, then the details of the server relating to the site will be recorded in AD - that's how the clients know where to connect.

If you don't fancy sending VB scripts to machines, the SCCM Right Click tools do enable you to change the site a client is using.  I shouldsay that I haven't tried this myself in SCCM, but the right-lcick tools in SMS did it jsut fine.

If you are going to be using SCCM, I'd say the Right Clck Tools are well worth installing.  As the name suggests, it adds some functions to the right click menu within the SCCM console.

more details can be found here:-

http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/rhouchins/archive/2008/04/09/sccm-right-click-tools.aspx

If it's just a few machines, and they are local, you could always just go to them and change the site in the Control panel applet.

Final thought, have you migrated the site boundary from your test to live system?
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server locator point (SLP)  is used for two purposes when Active Directory Domain Services cannot be used:
  • Site assignment for clients
  • Locating default management points for clients
the client try to find the SLP using the below:
  • Clients first try to use the server locator point if it is specified on the command line
  • if this fails they then try to locate a server locator point from Active Directory Domain Services
  • if this fails they then try WINS.
A server locator point is required if clients cannot locate the default management point from Active Directory Domain Services, DNS, or WINS.  
Clients locate their default management point using the following mechanisms in the order specified:
  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • DNS
  • Server locator point
  • WINS
now, if you Dont have AD , you need to use WINS or deploy client with SMDDIRECTORYLOOKUP installation  property
to configure WINS please check the link below
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632567.aspx
 Good Luck
 
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Adding to my comment you can try to use lmhosts to add record for SLP
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by:brianpcollins
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thanks to all for the advice.  best solution for us in our current environment is to uninstall the client and reinstall a new client.  the advice you provided is helpful but we can not implement it at this time. thanks again
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this as what i said in my comment :
 if you Dont have AD , you need to use WINS or deploy client with SMDDIRECTORYLOOKUP installation  property
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