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Microsoft System Center Enterprise Suite Unleashed is the first and only definitive real-world guide to the entire Microsoft System Center Enterprise Suite. It brings together tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned by top consultants who’ve deployed System Center in some of the world’s largest enterprises and most successful small businesses.

Drawing on years of early adopter and production experience, Rand Morimoto, Chris Amaris, and their team cover the entire System Center lifecycle and its components for system configuration, operations management, data protection, virtual machine management, help desk support, change management, asset control, capacity planning, and mobile device management. You’ll learn about individual components and how to integrate them to build automated, exceptionally efficient managed environments.

For smaller businesses, the book also presents Microsoft’s streamlined, lower-cost IT management offering, System Center Essentials 2010.

  • Use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to image, update, manage, and support servers and clients

  • Proactively monitor your systems to identify and fix problems before they fail

  • Use System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 to provide reliable, timely backup/recovery

  • Implement and manage all aspects of virtualization, including virtual guest sessions on both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware

  • Make the most of System Center Service Manager 2010’s integrated tools for managing help desks, incidents, assets, and changes

  • Use System Center Capacity Planner to properly size, procure, and deploy new systems

  • Remotely track, secure, patch, update, and support mobile devices with System Center Mobile Device Manager

  • Simplify small business IT management with System Center Essentials 2010’s wizards and auto-configuration components

  • Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Authors
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Reader Services
    10. Introduction
    11. Chapter 1. Introduction to the System Center Suite
    12. Chapter 2. System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Design and Planning
    13. Chapter 3. System Center Configuration Manager Implementation and Administration
    14. Chapter 4. Using Configuration Manager to Distribute Software, Updates, and Operating Systems
    15. Chapter 5. Configuration Manager Asset Management and Reporting
    16. Chapter 6. Operations Manager Design and Planning
    17. Chapter 7. Operations Manager Implementation and Administration
    18. Chapter 8. Using Operations Manager for Monitoring and Alerting
    19. Chapter 9. Using Operations Manager for Operations and Security Reporting
    20. Chapter 10. Data Protection Manager 2010 Design, Planning, Implementation, and Administration
    21. Chapter 11. Using Data Protection Manager 2010 to Protect File Systems, Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint
    22. Chapter 12. Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Design, Planning, and Implementation
    23. Chapter 13. Managing a Hyper-V Environment with Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
    24. Chapter 14. Service Manager 2010 Design, Planning, and Implementation
    25. Chapter 15. Using Service Manager 2010 for Incident Tracking and Help Desk Support
    26. Chapter 16. Using Service Manager 2010 Change-Control Management
    27. Chapter 17. Using System Center Capacity Planner for Predeployment Planning
    28. Chapter 18. Using Mobile Device Manager to Manage Mobile Devices
    29. Chapter 19. Using System Center Essentials for Midsized Organizations
    30. Index