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Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook

Brian Mason, Greg Ramsey

Over 50 practical recipes to administer System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849684941
Paperback224 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Designing a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Infrastructure
Dividing up site system roles
Creating migration jobs
Installing SQL the right way
Managing Internet-facing clients
Using remote and workstation distribution points, and BranchCache
Chapter 2: Deploying Windows 7 with Operating System Deployment
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
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 4: Managing Compliance Settings
Building Configuration Items
Creating and deploying a baseline
Leveraging Security Compliance Manager
Monitoring compliance with SSRS
Chapter 5: Managing Sites
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
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
Managing hardware inventory
Managing software inventory
Managing software metering
Monitoring inventory data flow
Integrating Asset Intelligence
Chapter 8: Managing Reports and Queries
Installing SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
Configuring Reporting Services
See also
Sharing your reports with others
Building queries
Editing and creating reports

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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