SCCM

SCCM 2012 – Set Geographic Location

Do you know that you can easily display a World Map of your servers location with System Center Configuration Manager 2012?

This feature is built in with SCCM, and it lets you to quickly have a look on the health of your infrastructure. Moreover, some managers like to have this map available for project presentation.

SCCM Server World Map

SCCM Server World Map

In this post, I set the location for one Primary server, but you can do it for all Primary and Secondary sites. Let’s see how to do that:

Setting Location

If you want to add a location to your primary site, or secondary site:

  • Go to Monitoring and Site Hierarchy:
Site Hierarchy

Site Hierarchy

  • On the Top, select Configure View Settings:
Site Configure View Settings

Site Configure View Settings

  • Select Site Location tab, and enter a valid address for each Site.
SCCM Set Server Location

SCCM Set Server Location

  • The computer where the System Center Configuration Manager console is running must have access to internet, otherwise you will get this error: “Location Validation Failure. Configuration Manager cannot connect to Bing Maps
Error Bing Maps access

Error Bing Maps access

  • If you try to add an address that is not known by Bing Maps, you get the error: “The specified location could not be resolved.” If this happens:
    • Check on the Bing Maps website.
    • Add the Country.
    • GPS coordinates.
    • Use another address, near from your location and known by Bing.
Address could not be resolved

Address could not be resolved

Display World Map

In order to display the World Map from the SCCM Console:

  • Go to Monitoring , Site Hierarchy  and select Geographical View from the top:
Display Geographical View

Display Geographical View

  • You will see the World Map with all your SCCM Servers.
SCCM Server WorldMap

SCCM Server WorldMap

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You can have more information about Site Hierarchy here.

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