Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions

Let’s learn how to Create System Management Container & provide full control permissions. System Management is the container in the Active Directory to manage devices using ConfigMgr | SCCM.

NOTE! – You need to Extend Active Directory Schema before creating the system management container.

System Management Container

ConfigMgr uses a System Management Container to publish Management Point & Boundary details. ConfigMgr clients connect & query system management container to select the best MP available.

NOTE! – More details about Publishing site data for SCCM.

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Prerequisite

Let’s see what the prerequisites are for System Management Container.

Create System Management Container

Let’s see how to create a system management container.

  • Run ADSI Edit (adsiedit.msc)
  • Right Click on the ADSI Edit node from the MMC console and click on Connect to…
ADSI Edit.MSC Connect To - Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions
ADSI Edit.MSC Connect To – Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions

Enter the site server’s Domain or Domain server details – Select or type a domain or server: (Server | Domain [: port]). Click OK

Select or type a domain or server - Create System Management Container
Select or type a domain or server – Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions.
  • Expand Domain -> expand.
  • Right-click CN=System.
  • Select New, and then choose Object.
Select New, and then choose Object Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr
Select New, and then choose Object – Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions

In the Create Object dialog box, choose Container, and then select Next

System Management Container Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr
System Management Container – Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions

In the Value box, enter System Management, and then select Next to continue

System Management Container Creation Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr
System Management Container Creation – Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

Click on the Finish button

Completed the Creation of System Management Container
Completed the Creation of System Management Container – Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

Assign Permission for System Management Container

You have created the System Management container. Now let’s assign permissions to primary and secondary server computer accounts. Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions.

Right-click CN=System Management, and then choose Properties.

System Management -> Properties Assign Permission for System Management Container
System Management -> Properties Assign Permission for System Management Container

Select the Security tab from System Management Properties.

Select Security Tab from System Management Properties - Assign Permission for System Management Container
Select Security Tab from System Management Properties – Assign Permission for System Management Container
  • Click on Add button.
  • Enter the site server computer account in the box below “Enter the object names to select.”
  • Click on Object Types.
Add computer accounts of SCCM Site System Servers
Add computer accounts of SCCM Site System Servers – Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

Select Computers and Click OK

Select the Types of Objects you want to find
Select the Types of Objects you want to find – Create a System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

Click on OK to continue with the selection.

Add the site system server access to System Management container
Add the site system server access to the System Management container
  • Select the Site System Computer account
  • Select the Full Control permission
    • Repeat this step for all the site servers in this domain
  • Click on the Advanced button
Advanced - Full Control - System Container
Advanced – Full Control – System Management Container

Select the site server’s computer account.

Select the Edit button.

Assign Full access rights Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr
Assign Full access rights – Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

Select the drop-down option called “This object and all descendant objects” from Applies to option. Click OK to continue.

This object and all descendant objects - System Management Container
This object and all descendant objects – System Management Container

Click OK & OK to finish.

ResultsCreate System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

You have created a System Management container and provided full control permission to site system servers.

Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr
Create System Management Container for SCCM | ConfigMgr

Author

Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

2 thoughts on “Create System Management Container for SCCM and Assign Permissions”

  1. Hi, Anoop,
    One question: we have in our company a primary SCCM site, and we are going to create another one in parallel, to migrate from the old to the new, different name of site, we have problems with the S.O etc, would there be any problem in adding the new server in the container, along with the other one? with the same permissions.

    Thank you very much for your help!

    Reply

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