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Importing SCCM 2012 R2 Security Role Error

By Garth Jones

Back in December, while I was setting up a security role in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (CM12 R2) for a client, I came across an error that I have not seen before.

I exported the security role and emailed it back to the client, but when they imported it they received the error message below:

Specify an XML file that contains the information that is required to define a Configuration Manager security role.

I was a bit perplexed by the error until I found out that they are still running CM12 (RTM) and I’m running CM12 R2 for my main lab. A quick test on my end revealed that you can’t export a security role from CM12 R2 and import it on CM12, but you can import a security role from CM12 to CM12 R2.

Normally, I would re-do the security role for CM12, but since they were upgrading to CM12 R2 soon, I didn’t have to.


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Glad to share something that I've gone through in my professional career. I've 12+ years of experience in Information Technology and since 2006 am working with SMS and then SCCM.

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