The Systems Management Server Administrator console is
hosted by the Microsoft Management Console snap-in, a framework for hosting
management tools. A console file (that has an extension of .msc) is used to
define the contents of the Microsoft Management Console snap-in, and can be
customized for particular tasks.
To verify access to the Systems
Management Server site database by using the Systems Management Server
Administrator Console, check the following:
If a Windows NT computer in a remote domain tries to
connect to a Microsoft Systems Management Server site in a different untrusted
Windows NT domain with the Systems Management Server Administrator console, the
connection attempt may be unsuccessful and the following error message may be
displayed in the Systems Management Server Administrator 2.0 console:
Failed to connect.
In Systems Management Server
2003, the following error message may be displayed:
cannot open the selected file
To have the ability to administer an
Systems Management Server site in a remote domain one of the following
conditions must be true:
A trust between the domains must be established (the
remote domain must trust the domain in which the workstation
A user account with the same name and password must be
created in the site server domain.
The user attempting to start the Systems Management Server
Administrator console must have Read access permissions to the default Sms.msc
and Explore.msc files provided in the following directory on the Systems
Management Server 2.0 site server or the local workstation on which the Systems
Management Server Administrator console or the Microsoft Management Console is
where Drive is the drive letter to
which Systems Management Server is installed and
Platform is the platform on which you are attempting
to start the Systems Management Server Administrator console.
user receives the following message when starting the Systems Management Server
The selected file is not a
Microsoft Management Console document.
Use File Manager or
Windows Explorer to verify file permissions for these files.
The user attempting to connect to a Systems Management
Server 2.0 site database must also have appropriate WBEM rights to the server
where the Systems Management Server Provider is located.
of not having the required WBEM rights includes receiving the message
"Connection Failed" in the Systems Management Server Administrator console when
attempting to connect to the site database.
By default, Systems
Management Server Setup creates a Windows NT local group that is named Systems
Management Server Admins on SMS 2.0 and that is named SMS Admins on SMS 2003.
The SMS setup program adds it with the appropriate attributes to WBEM User
Manager. Initially, the only user that belongs to this group is the user who
installed the Systems Management Server site server.
If this group is
intact, use the Windows NT User Manager (Windows NT 4.0) or use Active
Directory Users and Computers (Windows 2000 and later) to add the desired
Windows NT user(s) or global group(s) to this Systems Management Server Admins
If the user has been added to the Systems Management
Server Admins group and still receives the error "Connection Failed" in the
Systems Management Server Administrator console, verify that the Systems
Management Server Admins group has been granted the appropriate WBEM rights on
the Systems Management Server Site and Systems Management Server Provider
To troubleshoot this problem on SMS 2.0, use the following
steps on the server where the Systems Management Server Provider is located.
Note If you are unsure of the location of the Systems Management
Server Provider for your site, check the Smssetup.log file on your site server,
and then search for "SMSProviderServer." The troubleshooting steps that are
listed later have been verified in the following environments:
Windows NT Server 4.0 that has Systems Management
Server 2.0 installed
Windows 2000 Advanced Server that has Systems
Management Server 2.0 installed
On the Start menu, click Run, type wbemperm, and then press ENTER to
start WBEM Permission Editor.
In WBEM Permission Editor, in the User Groups window
pane, check for the Systems Management Server Admins group. Verify that the
Group Name is spelled correctly.
On the User menu, click Edit Group Properties, and then select the entry. Verify that the following options are
selected under the Attributes section:
Execute Methods (checked)
Schema Access Level: Write Instance
If the Systems Management Server Provider is on a
separate server from the Systems Management Server site server (such as the SQL
Server), you must also verify that the Systems Management Server Admins group
has at appropriate WBEM permissions to the local site server. This is because
Systems Management Server first must connect to the site server to determine
the location of the Systems Management Server Provider. Verify this by
performing the steps above on the Systems Management Server site server, but
ensuring in the Attributes section of the user group properties that the following options
Schema Access Level: Read Only.
If the user or group entries are incorrect or misspelled,
they cannot be modified. You must create a new user or group by selecting Add New User or Add New Group from the User menu in WBEM User Manager. After you have added the correct user
or group entry, you can delete the incorrect entry by selecting it and clicking
Delete on the User menu. To troubleshoot this problem on SMS 2003, you can use
Wbemtest.exe to test the connectivity to the Site Server's repository at
\\Server\root\default. Wbemtest.exe is located in
the WinDir\system32\Wbem\ folder of the site server.
To review the WBEM permissions, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to
Programs, click Administrative Tools, and
then click Computer Management.
In the Computer Management console, expand
Services and Applications, right-click WMI
Control, and then click Properties.
In the WMI Control Properties box,
click the Security tab.
In the Namespace section, expand
Root, click SMS, and then click
In the ROOT\SMS box, you must have the
following permissions for WMI:
After verifying file permissions and WBEM
security attributes, the user should be able to connect to the Systems
Management Server site database.
The user connecting to the site database must have
appropriate access to class and instance level objects in the Systems
Management Server Administrator console. Symptoms of insufficient rights
include the inability to see any objects in the console window.
following Systems Management Server object types can have security access
granted or denied:
The steps below walk through granting Class (All Instances)
Security Rights for a user or group to the Site object:
Log on as the user who initially installed the Systems
Management Server site and connect to the site database. This user by default
has full rights to all Systems Management Server objects.
Under the Site Database, navigate to and select the
Security Rights node.
Right-click Security Rights, point to New, and then click Class Security Right.
In the Security Right Properties dialog box, specify the following:
User name: User or group name, using DOMAIN\USER or
DOMAIN\GROUP name syntax.
NOTE: A method of simplifying administration would be to specify a
global user group here, then populate that group with users you want to have
this specific set of rights.
Permissions: Administer, Create, Delete, Modify,
Read. (These are all available rights for this Class.)
Click OK, and then close the Systems Management Server Administrator
Log off and log back on as the user you just added the
Security Right for.
Open the Systems Management Server Administrator
console. You should be able to view and modify all objects under the Site
WMI 1.5-Enabled Computers
Computers that have been upgraded to Windows Management
Instrumentation (WMI) 1.5 or Microsoft Windows 2000-based computers do not have
the WMI 1.1 tool (Wbemperm.exe).
NOTE: Windows NT 4.0 users which have WMI 1.5 installed, also need to
install the Microsoft Security Configuration Editor (SCE), included on the
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4) (and later) CD-ROM. On Windows NT-based
computers, the tool is Wbemcntl.exe. The Microsoft SCE is required to edit the
Access Control Lists (ACLs) on the Windows Installer (WI)
Also, refer to the Systems Management Server 2.0 Administrators
Guide or the Systems Management Server Administrator Help, available through
the Systems Management Server Administrator console by clicking Help on the Action menu.
For more information, click the
following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: