Expert coverage of Microsoft's highly anticipated network software deployment tool The latest version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a dramatic update of its predecessor Configuration Manager 2007, and this book offers intermediate-to-advanced coverage of how the new SCCM boasts a simplified hierarchy, role-based security, a new console, flexible application deployment, and mobile management. You'll explore planning and installation, migrating from SCCM 2007, deploying software and operating systems, security, monitoring and troubleshooting, and automating and customizing SCCM 2012 with scripts. * Features an unparalleled team of authors, two of whom are insiders at Microsoft and have worked with SCCM since nearly its inception * Provides in-depth coverage and offers a hands-on approach to learning all there is to know about SCCM * Explores why SCCM 2012 is the most significant update in its 16-year history Packed with real-world scenarios to show you how to use SCCM in various contexts, Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 covers all aspects of this powerful and complete network software deployment tool.
Steve Rachui, Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, has supported System Center products at Microsoft for 13 years, working with Systems Management Server/System Center Configuration Manager since version 1.2. Steve blogs at blogs.msdn.com/steverac. Kent Agerlund is Senior IT Consultant, Trainer, and Cofounder of System Center User Group in Denmark. He is also an MVP for ConfigMgr and has been working with it since SMS version 1.2. Kent blogs at blog.coretech.dk/kea. Santos Martinez, Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, has been working with ConfigMgr since it was known as SMS. Before joining Microsoft, he was also awarded an MVP for ConfigMgr two years in a row and has been a SQL Server MVP four times. Santos blogs at blogs.technet.com/smartinez. Peter Daalmans, MCTS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuration, is a Senior Technical Consultant at IT-Concern, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the Netherlands. He is also part of the Community Evaluation Program for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, evaluating early versions of the product since 2010. Peter blogs at systemcenterblog.nl.
Introduction xxi Chapter 1: Overview of Operations Management 1 Chapter 2: Planning a Confi guration Manager Infrastructure 23 Chapter 3: Migrating from Confi guration Manager 2007 65 Chapter 4: Installation and Site Role Confi guration 119 Chapter 5: Role-Based Administration 209 Chapter 6: Client Installation 229 Chapter 7: Application Deployment 267 Chapter 8: Software Updates 329 Chapter 9: Operating System Deployment 411 Chapter 10: Asset Intelligence 473 Chapter 11: Inventory and Software Metering 493 Chapter 12: Reporting 533 Chapter 13: Compliance Settings 573 Chapter 14: Mobile Device Management 603 Chapter 15: Troubleshooting 647 Chapter 16: Disaster Recovery 673 Chapter 17: System Center Endpoint Protection 699 Chapter 18: Client Health 731 Appendix: The Bottom Line 745 Index 765