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Mastering System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Book Description

Invaluable coverage on all aspects of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Completely updated for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, this comprehensive book provides intermediate and advanced coverage of all aspects of the product, including planning and installation, migrating from previous versions of Configuration Manager, deploying software and operating systems, security, monitoring and troubleshooting, and automating and customizing.

  • Provides numerous real-world scenarios to show you how to use the tool in various contexts

  • Explores planning and installation and migrating from SCCM 2007

  • Walks you through deploying software and operating systems, security, monitoring, and troubleshooting

  • Demonstrates automating and customizing SCCM 2012 with scripts

  • This essential book provides you with all the information you need to get savvy with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About the Authors
    7. About the Contributing Authors
    8. Contents at a Glance
    9. Contents
    10. Introduction
    11. Chapter 1: Overview of Service Management
      1. Understanding IT Service Management
      2. Overview of System Center Configuration Manager
      3. Summary
    12. Chapter 2: Planning a Configuration Manager Infrastructure
      1. Gathering Deployment Intelligence
      2. Planning the Configuration Manager Environment
      3. Designing Your Configuration Manager Environment
      4. The Bottom Line
    13. Chapter 3: Migrating to Configuration Manager 2012
      1. Introducing Migration
      2. Migration Functionality in Configuration Manager 2012
      3. Planning a Migration
      4. Performing the Migration
      5. Migrating Packages to the New Application Model
      6. Migrating Branch Offices with the Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit
      7. The Bottom Line
    14. Chapter 4: Installation and Site Role Configuration
      1. Understanding Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Site Types
      2. Implementing Site Servers
      3. Installing Site System Roles
      4. Understanding Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Site System Roles
      5. The Bottom Line
    15. Chapter 5: Cloud Integration
      1. Windows Azure Integration
      2. Creating a Cloud Distribution Point
      3. The Bottom Line
    16. Chapter 6: Client Installation
      1. Creating Client Settings
      2. Discovering Network Objects
      3. Configuring Boundaries and Boundary Groups
      4. Client Installation Methods
      5. Verifying Client Installation
      6. Troubleshooting a Client Installation
      7. Ensuring Client Health
      8. The Bottom Line
    17. Chapter 7: Client Health
      1. Understanding the Client Health Mechanism
      2. Client Health Evaluation: Results
      3. The Bottom Line
    18. Chapter 8: Application Deployment
      1. What's New in Application Deployment?
      2. Dependencies for Application Deployment
      3. Elements of Application Deployment
      4. The Application Deployment Process
      5. The Bottom Line
    19. Chapter 9: Software Updates
      1. What's New in Software Updates
      2. Prerequisites for Software Updates
      3. Elements of Software Updates
      4. The Software Update Process in Configuration Manager
      5. Planning to Use Software Updates in Configuration Manager
      6. Configuring Software Updates
      7. Preparing Software Updates for Deployment
      8. Deploying Software Updates with the Deploy Software Updates Wizard
      9. Using System Center Updates Publisher
      10. Monitoring Software Update Deployments
      11. The Bottom Line
    20. Chapter 10: Operating System Deployment
      1. What's New in Operating System Deployment
      2. Planning for OSD with Configuration Manager 2012
      3. Deployment Process
      4. Preparing Configuration Manager 2012 for Operating System Deployment
      5. Adding Operating System Source
      6. Developing a Task Sequence for Creating a Capture Image
      7. Capturing an Operating System Image
      8. Deploying an Image
      9. Deploying the Operating System on Bare Metal
      10. Installing Device Drivers into OSD
      11. Using User Device Affinity
      12. Deploying Windows To Go
      13. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013
      14. Deploying a Virtual Hard Drive
      15. Servicing Your Operating System Images and VHDs Offline
      16. Support for Legacy Boot Images
      17. Maintaining the User State
      18. The Bottom Line
    21. Chapter 11: Inventory and Software Metering
      1. Inventory in Configuration Manager 2012
      2. Software Metering in Configuration Manager 2012
      3. The Bottom Line
    22. Chapter 12: Asset Intelligence
      1. Requirements for Asset Intelligence
      2. Elements of Asset Intelligence
      3. Configuring Asset Intelligence
      4. Import Software License into Asset Intelligence
      5. The Bottom Line
    23. Chapter 13: Reporting
      1. Installing SQL Server Reporting Services
      2. Running a Report
      3. Working with Reporting Security
      4. Managing Reports
      5. Creating Reports
      6. Importing and Exporting Reports
      7. The Bottom Line
    24. Chapter 14: Compliance Settings
      1. Overview of Compliance Settings
      2. Configuring Compliance Settings Client Settings
      3. Creating Configuration Items
      4. Building a Configuration Baseline
      5. Compliance Settings Reporting
      6. Importing Configuration Packs
      7. User Data and Profiles
      8. Remote Connection Profiles
      9. Company Resource Access
      10. The Bottom Line
    25. Chapter 15: System Center Endpoint Protection
      1. Differences between FEP and SCEP
      2. Additional Benefits of SCEP
      3. Endpoint Protection Site System Role
      4. Endpoint Protection Client Agent
      5. Endpoint Protection Policies
      6. Definition Files
      7. Alerts
      8. Reporting
      9. The Bottom Line
    26. Chapter 16: Mobile Device Management
      1. What's New in Mobile Device Management
      2. Mobile Device Management Options
      3. Managing Mobile Devices
      4. Troubleshooting
      5. The Bottom Line
    27. Chapter 17: Role-Based Administration
      1. Overview of Role-Based Administration
      2. Security Roles
      3. Security Scopes
      4. Collections
      5. Administrative Users
      6. RBA Viewer
      7. The Bottom Line
    28. Chapter 18: Disaster Recovery
      1. Planning for Disaster Recovery
      2. Backing Up Configuration Manager
      3. Restoring Configuration Manager
      4. Recovering Configuration Manager
      5. Unattended Recovery of a Site
      6. Other Site Maintenance Options
      7. The Bottom Line
    29. Chapter 19: Troubleshooting
      1. Creating the Maintenance Plan
      2. Using Troubleshooting Tools
      3. Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Deployment
      4. Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Database Replication
      5. Additional Tools
      6. The Bottom Line
    30. Appendix: The Bottom Line
      1. Chapter 2: Planning a Configuration Manager Infrastructure
      2. Chapter 3: Migrating to Configuration Manager 2012
      3. Chapter 4: Installation and Site Role Configuration
      4. Chapter 5: Cloud Integration
      5. Chapter 6: Client Installation
      6. Chapter 7: Client Health
      7. Chapter 8: Application Deployment
      8. Chapter 9: Software Updates
      9. Chapter 10: Operating System Deployment
      10. Chapter 11: Inventory and Software Metering
      11. Chapter 12: Asset Intelligence
      12. Chapter 13: Reporting
      13. Chapter 14: Compliance Settings
      14. Chapter 15: System Center Endpoint Protection
      15. Chapter 16: Mobile Device Management
      16. Chapter 17: Role-Based Administration
      17. Chapter 18: Disaster Recovery
      18. Chapter 19: Troubleshooting
    31. Index