How to stop advertisements with immediate effect – SCCM 2007

Scenario: An advertisement went out for a package and we need to stop the advertisement with immediate effect to decrease impact to the client machines.

Below are 5 scenarios with its impact:-

Method 1: Stop the IIS service or the SMS_OFFER_MANAGER service on all servers.

Advantage: Everything stops
Disadvantage: Everything stops including normal client communications or any other distribution
 
Method 2: Delete the source package files off the DP(s) update: change the ntfs folder premissions to deny any client from reading the source files.
Advantage: All clients trying to run errant advertisement will say “Waiting For Content”
Disadvantage: Copying the package source back to the DP after everything calms down.
 
Method 3: Delete the Advertisement (Do not do this)
Advantage: Makes you feel better
Disadvantage: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered. You also lose all tracking of the damage you have formed.

Method 4: Disable the Program

Advantage: Prevents further execution
Disadvantage: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.

Method 5: Expire the advertisement

Advantage: Prevents further execution
Disadvantage: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.

Summary: Best solution for immediate advertisement stop is Method 2. Delete the files off the DP.

2 thoughts on “How to stop advertisements with immediate effect – SCCM 2007

  1. If there is an advert that causes a Task Sequence to run and hang indefinitely, do you have any advice on how to resolve this? I tried killing TSManager.exe on these systems but SCCM Reports still lists these clients in the 'Running' state for the advert.Thanks!

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