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How to Create a Visio Diagram of Your System Center Configuration Manager Environment

By Garth Jones

I’m regularly asked to create either a local or physical diagram of a client’s System Center Configuration Manager (CM) environment. Since these diagrams are very useful, I’m going to tell you what my secret is… SMSMap!

What is SMSMap? It is a tool created by Jeff Tondt that connects with your SMS / CM site server and creates a logical map of your environment. You can download this tool from Jeff’s site: http://www.tondtware.com/downloads.html.

This is how it works, first launch SMSMap.

SMSMap-Connection Information

Fill in the Site Server, User and Password information and then click on the Points and Components tab.

SMSMap-Points and Components

Select all of the Points and Components. Next, click on the Options tab.

SMSMap-Options

Ensure that the Visio Visible, Client Count and Vision Stay Open options are selected, and then click on the Connection tab.

SMSMap-Draw

Click the Draw button.

SMSMap-Process Completed

When SMSMap is done click the OK button.

SMSMap-Visio Diagram

You should have a Visio diagram that looks similar to the one above.

It is really that simple. I recommend that if you ever have the opportunity to meet Jeff Tondt that you say thank you and maybe buy him a drink!