May 24 2012

SCCM 2012 console in read-only mode

After setting up a SCCM 2012 primary site underneath a central site, when firing up the console on the primary site (even 24 hours later) I get the following error: “Your Configuration Manager console is in read-only mode while this site completes tasks related to maintenance mode. After these tasks are complete you must reconnect you Configuration Manager console before you can edit or create new objects.” 

Checking the Database Replication Status shows that the link is being configured:

All servers run Windows Server 2008 R2 Ent SP1. Both the central and primary sites are configured to use separate SQL instances on a remote SQL 2008 R2 SP1 CU6 server.


On the primary site server, I needed to run setup.exe from c:program filesMicrosoft Configuration Managerbinx64 and select ‘perform site maintenance or reset this site’, the ‘modify SQL server configuration’. and change the SQL Server Service Broker (SSB) port to an unused port that is something other than the default (4022 is default). I used 4122.

Click Next and finish the setup wizard. Monitor the rcmctrl.log and sitecomp.log files for activity over the next 20 minutes and you will see reconfugration happening, once this is complete you will have healthy Database Replication and you should be able to open your SCCM console as normal.



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Posted May 24, 2012 by danovich in category "SMS / SCCM


  1. By Jannik on

    thanks for the great post, but unfortunately it is not working for me.
    I had that issue after installing SP1 CTP in my test environment.
    Before installing that service pack everything works fine.
    Afterwards I had that problem and even with your instructions I wasn’t able to solve it. I’ve changed the SSB port successfully but it didn’t solve the problem.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!


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