Mastering System Center Configuration Manager


Author: Santos Martinez and Peter Daalmans

Publisher: Sybex


Publish Date: January 24, 2017

ISBN-10: 1119258456

Pages: 936

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The Enterprise Mobility + Security product group has completed one of the most successful management products of all time. These folks work very hard to ensure that the product meets the higher standards and are always looking for feedback about it.

This book is written by a group of individuals who have endured the growing pains of this product, some even from day one, and who have helped Microsoft improve Configuration Manager with countless hours of real-world use and testing.

Welcome to Mastering System Center Configuration Manager. You will gain the knowledge you need to unlock Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility + Security to its full potential.

The Mastering Series

The Mastering series from Sybex provides outstanding instruction for readers with intermediate and advanced skills in the form of top-notch training and development for those already working in their field and provides clear, serious education for those aspiring to become pros. Every Mastering book includes the following:

  • Real-world scenarios, ranging from case studies to interviews that show how the tool, technique, or knowledge presented is applied in actual practice
  • Skill-based instruction, with chapters organized around real tasks rather than abstract concepts or subjects
  • Self-review questions, so you can be certain you’re equipped to do the job right

What This Book Covers

Mastering System Center Configuration Manager covers Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility + Security. We detail the changes to Configuration Manager since 2012 R2.

These new features include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A completely new mechanism for content distribution—focusing on the needs of the user while retaining the ability to distribute to systems as well
  • A user self-service catalog for content deployment
  • Updates to software update management and operating system deployment
  • The ability to manage mobile devices, including Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads, Android, and more, with Windows Intune
  • A robust alerting mechanism
  • A redesigned infrastructure to increase scale and reduce complexity
  • The ability to manage profiles with Compliance Settings
  • Integration with Cloud, using Windows Azure and Intune

What You Need to Get the Most Out of This Book

To be able to follow the step-by-step instructions in this book, it is recommended that you have a minimum of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2014 with all the applicable updates installed; read more on this subject in Chapter 2. Also, make sure you have the media for Configuration Manager, because we will go through installing this software in the first few chapters. Your computer also needs an Internet connection so you can download updates in various parts of the installation process. Evaluation versions of any of this software are fine for our purposes.

How We Structured This Book

To help you understand the features of Configuration Manager, we have structured this book to match the names of features as they are listed in the Configuration Manager Administration console wherever possible, with a few exceptions.

  • Chapter 1, “Overview of System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune,” is an introduction to Configuration Manager features and Microsoft Intune integration and features.
  • Chapter 2, “Planning a Configuration Manager Infrastructure,” covers site roles, how they are leveraged, and their application in your enterprise.
  • Chapter 3, “Migrating to Configuration Manager,” covers the process of moving to Configuration Manager. Discussions include planning the migration, using the new migration tool, and more.
  • Chapter 4, “Installation and Site Role Configuration,” covers the details of site role installation, configuration, and troubleshooting.
  • Chapter 5, “Client Installation,” covers client installation aspects in relation to Configuration Manager, such as the various installation methods found within Configuration Manager 2012.
  • Chapter 6, “Client Health,” covers the mechanism Configuration Manager uses to help ensure clients remain healthy.
  • Chapter 7, “Application Deployment,” provides a comprehensive look at planning, configuring, and using the application deployment model in Configuration Manager, including elements like deployments, deployment types, dependencies, rules, and relationships.
  • Chapter 8, “Software Updates,” gives you a step-by-step guide of this completely redesigned feature that is now based on Windows Server Update Services.
  • Chapter 9, “Operating System Deployment,” gives you an in-depth look at how Configuration Manager allows an administrator to deploy a single operating system to multiple types of machines.
  • Chapter 10, “Inventory and Software Metering,” focuses on the heart of Configuration Management, one of the core features that most other features tie into.
  • Chapter 11, “Asset Intelligence,” covers the mechanism Configuration Manager uses for tracking assets, including hardware, software, and licensing.
  • Chapter 12, “Reporting,” discusses probably the most used aspect of Configuration Manager by users outside the IT department. It gives other users the ability to report on various parts of Configuration Manager.
  • Chapter 13, “Compliance Settings,” offers an in-depth look at setting up a predefined level of standards for all your devices and how Configuration Manager will ensure your clients are maintained at that standard.
  • Chapter 14, “Endpoint Protection,” details the use of Configuration Manager to manage malware protection throughout the computing environment.
  • Chapter 15, “Role-Based Administration,” covers the new approach to security in Configuration Manager. Role-based security is used to assign the access needed for specific job functions.
  • Chapter 16, “Disaster Recovery,” provides the information necessary to protect your Configuration Manager databases by backing them up properly so that you can use those backups to recover from a disaster if it strikes.
  • Chapter 17, “Troubleshooting,” shows how to ensure your Configuration Manager environment stays healthy and gives you a baseline of where and what to look for if problems arise.
  • Chapter 18, “Enterprise Mobility and Configuration Manager,” provides information on Enterprise Mobility + Security and its integration with Configuration Manager.

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