Q. Is there a way to document my System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) configuration automatically in a human-readable form?

A. Kim Oppalfens, who is a SCCM MVP, has released a neat utility called SccmAutoDoc. SccmAutoDoc is a command line utility that automatically documents an SCCM site into a human-readable form with minimal user input. Only the useful information is included, as opposed to items that are largely used internally. SccmAutoDoc's requirements are spelled out on its site:

SCCMAutoDoc requires a machine with Word 2007 installed and access to the ConfigMgr site server and ConfigMgr Sms Provider. Word 2007 does NOT need to be installed on the Site server/SQL server or Sms Provider computer. The program can work from a remote machine running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

Word 2007 does need to have the primary interop assemblies installed, but these are part of a default word 2007 install. If you don't have the primary interop assemblies for office 2007 installed, you can always download them at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=59DAEBAA-BED4-4282-A28C-B864D8BFA513&displaylang=en.

SccmAutoDoc requires a user with Read permissions on the site object of the Configuration Manager site to be documented. The commandline allows you to optionally pass a username and password as arguments to perform the documentation. If you don't specify a username and password than the currently logged in credentials are used.

SccmAutoDoc can be downloaded from http://scug.be/media/g/sccmautodoc/default.aspx.

SccmAutoDoc is currently available as a free beta, but its site notes that it may become a paid tool in the future.

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