I've seen several examples how to populate a central management server with subfolders and servers. But I don't know: - the actions to register a server as a central management server. Is there a SP for, or do you have to write the registry? (and where) - the action to query if a CMS is registered Any ideas? thanks!
Registered servers (either Local Server Groups or Central Management Servers) can be maintained using the SSMS GUI. CMS has the advantage of being managed on a CMS server in tables in the msdb database. If you register several servers using CMS, another user with the proper permissions can access the same set of folders and servers by simply registering that same CMS server. This MSDN article talks about it a little bit and explains the msdb roles used to manage who has admin and reader access to the registered servers. [
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb934126.aspx] Sorry for the delay, but I hope that helps. :