Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook


Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook
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  • Administer System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Provides fast answers to questions commonly asked by new administrators
  • Skip the why’s and go straight to the how-to’s
  • Gain administration tips from System Center 2012 Configuration Manager MVPs with years of experience in large corporations

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 224 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2012
ISBN : 1849684944
ISBN 13 : 9781849684941
Author(s) : Brian Mason, Greg Ramsey
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Cookbooks, Enterprise, Microsoft

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Designing a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Infrastructure
Chapter 2: Deploying Windows 7 with Operating System Deployment
Chapter 3: Deploying Applications and Software Updates
Chapter 4: Managing Compliance Settings
Chapter 5: Managing Sites
Chapter 6: Managing Clients
Chapter 7: Managing Inventory
Chapter 8: Managing Reports and Queries
Index
    • Chapter 2: Deploying Windows 7 with Operating System Deployment
      • Introduction
      • Creating an OSD test environment
      • Leveraging the build and capture process
      • Migrating user state
      • Managing drivers
      • Customizing the build process with prestart hooks
      • Patching your reference build
      • Leveraging the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with CM12 OSD
      • Chapter 3: Deploying Applications and Software Updates
        • Introduction
        • Creating applications and deployment types
        • Managing Software Center and Application Catalog
        • Preparing for software updates
        • Creating and monitoring software updates
        • Leveraging Automatic Deployment Rules
        • Reducing collection dependencies with conditional rules and global conditions
        • Deploying custom updates
        • Converting classic packages to applications
        • Creating and deploying Virtual Applications (App-V)
        • Superseding applications
        • Monitoring content and deployment status
          • Chapter 5: Managing Sites
            • Introduction
            • Managing collections
            • Configuring site maintenance
            • Managing site communications
            • Configuring discovery
            • Managing Boundary Groups
            • Managing role-based security
            • Configuring the Application Catalog
            • Managing and validating content for DPs and DP groups
            • Chapter 6: Managing Clients
              • Introduction
              • Deploying clients
              • Managing client health
              • Managing client settings
              • Monitoring client installation and activity
              • Making use of user centric improvements
              • Configuring power management
              • Chapter 7: Managing Inventory
                • Introduction
                • Managing hardware inventory
                • Managing software inventory
                • Managing software metering
                • Monitoring inventory data flow
                • Integrating Asset Intelligence
                • Chapter 8: Managing Reports and Queries
                  • Introduction
                  • Installing SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
                  • Configuring Reporting Services
                  • Sharing your reports with others
                  • Building queries
                  • Editing and creating reports

                  Brian Mason

                  Brian Mason is a Systems Engineer at Wells Fargo where he manages over 350,000 resources with CM (note that any views expressed in this book are Brian's and not necessarily those of Wells Fargo). Brian is a 6-time Microsoft MVP for Configuration Manager (CM). He currently runs the Minnesota System Center User Group and its website where he blogs. He can be found answering forum questions on TechNet and myITforum.

                  Greg Ramsey

                  Greg Ramsey is a Systems Engineer specializing in global systems management for Dell Services. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Greg co-authored SMS 2003 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Apress, 2006) and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Unleashed (Sams, 2009). Greg is the co-founder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the Central Texas Systems Management User Group.
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                  The unattend file required for the section "Installing SQL with an Unattend File" under the recipe "Installing SQL the right way" in Chapter 1 is available for download at the following link:

                  http://www.packtpub.com/sites/default/files/4941EN_Code.ZIP

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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Install SQL before considering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
                  • Set up security so administrators can’t see or touch each other’s machines
                  • Use the new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager features to set up monthly patching
                  • Create applications, deploy them, enforce them, and monitor them
                  • Create Security Baselines and Monitor Drift
                  • Use Compliance Settings instead of Hardware or Software Inventory
                  • Set up Discovery and Inventory with the least impact to the network
                  • Install SRS and edit the canned reports
                  • Flatten your hierarchy to get faster reporting back from your clients
                  • Deploy Windows 7 to your workstations
                  • Manage drivers for your images
                  • Leverage boundary groups to save you work

                  In Detail

                  Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) is a systems management application for managing large groups of Windows-based computer systems. System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection, and hardware and software inventory.

                  This practical cookbook shows you how to administer System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and understand how to solve particular problems/scenarios

                  Packed with over 50 task-based and immediately reusable recipes, this book starts by showing you how to design a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Infrastructure. The book then dives into topics such as recommended SQL configuration for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, deploying Windows 7 with Operating System Deployment (OSD), deploying Applications and Software Updates, managing Compliance Settings, managing Sites and managing Inventory amongst others.

                  Approach

                  This cookbook is full of immediately useable recipes showing you how to administer System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and understand how to solve particular problems/scenarios. In addition to its cookbook style, which ensures the solutions are presented in a clear step-by-step manner, its explanations go into great detail, which makes it good learning material for everyone who has experience in System Center Configuration Manager and wants to improve. The book is designed in such a way that each recipe is presented as a separate, standalone entity and reading of other, prior recipes is not required.

                  Who this book is for

                  If you are an intermediate to advanced administrator who wants to administer System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and understand how to solve particular problems/scenarios, then this book is for you. You should have a working knowledge of System Center Configuration Manager, however, knowledge of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is not necessarily required.

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