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SMS Tools - The 'MAKE' Tools
In using SMS in any real world environment, we are forced to adapt to networks and their needs. To meet these needs, we will often times have to use tools or scripts to make things work correctly.In using SMS in any real world environment, we are forced to adapt to networks and their needs. To meet these needs, we will often times have to use tools or scripts to make things work correctly. Today, I am going to introduce you to the 'MAKE' tools that are offered in the SMS Resource Kit. These can help you create items in your environment without the normal time delays that SMS folks are used to.
Today, I am going to introduce you to the "MAKE" tools that are offered in the SMS Resource Kit. These can help you create items in your environment without the normal time delays that SMS folks are used to.
The first of these is the Make Collection Tool (makecoll.exe). You would use this tool to create a collection based on information in a formatted text file. This file will need to have one line for each machine in the collection. If you would like to use IP addresses, then you can, but you will have to use the /i switch when running the executable.
The syntax you would use to run this tool would be:
makecoll yourfile.txt "collection name" SiteServer /s:(three letter site code)
If you wanted to use the IP addresses, the /i would be tacked on after your site code.
The next two tools are used to assign roles to servers.
The first of these is the Make CAP tool (makecap.exe). A CAP is a Client Access Point. You would use this tool to assign the role of CAP to a server. They syntax to run this tool is:
makecap server(main site server) cap_server(the server to become a CAP) [/s:sitecode] [/u: username and password]
You can also add an asterisk to be prompted for a password.
The next tool is the Make Distribution Point tool (makedist.exe). This tool assigns the role of distribution point to a server.
The syntax is the same for this tool as the previous tool.
The last of the "Make" tools the the Make Distribution Point Group tool (makedpg.exe). You use this tool to create a distribution group from a text file. This file will be formatted the same as the Make Collection file -- one server per line. Each of these servers will have to be a Distribution point prior to being on this list. If you need a server to become a distribution point, use the tool we just discussed.
The syntax for this tool is as follows:
makedpg filename groupname server [/s:site code] [/u: username and password]
Let me know if you have any other tools you would like to see discussed. These, and many other tools, are discussed in length in the SMS Resource Guide.