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Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

Book Description

Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2007 provides intermediate and advanced coverage of all aspects of the product, including planning and installation, upgrading Systems Management Server 2003, deploying software and operating systems, security, monitoring and troubleshooting, and automating and customizing SCCM 2007 with scripts.

The authors take a hands-on approach by providing many real-world scenarios to show readers how to use the tool in various contexts. This anchors the conceptual explanations in practical application. This book's web site will contain a collection of ready-to-use scripts with directions for implementing them in network systems.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dear Reader
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About The Authors
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
  8. Overview of Operations Management
    1. Understanding IT Service Management
    2. Defining Operations Management
  9. Planning a Configuration Manager Infrastructure
    1. Configuration Manager Features
    2. What's New Since SMS 2003?
    3. Configuration Manager System Requirements
    4. Gathering Deployment Intelligence
    5. Planning the Configuration Manager Deployment
    6. Designing Your Configuration Manager Site
    7. The Bottom Line
  10. Interoperability with Systems Management Server 2003
    1. Interoperability with SMS 2003
    2. Planning the Upgrade from SMS 2003 to Configuration Manager 2007
    3. Types of Upgrades
    4. The Bottom Line
  11. Installation and Site Role Configuration
    1. Configuration Manager 2007 Site Types and Site Relationships
    2. Site System Roles
    3. Installing and Configuring System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1
    4. Installing and Configuring System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Release 2 (R2)
    5. The Bottom Line
  12. Client Installation
    1. Client Software Features
    2. Using Client Push Installation
    3. Other Automatic Installation Methods
    4. Manually Installing the Client
    5. Verifying Client Installation
    6. The Bottom Line
  13. Software Distribution
    1. What's New in Software Distribution
    2. Prerequisites for Software Distribution
    3. Elements of Software Distribution
    4. Preparing for Software Distribution
    5. The Software Distribution Process
    6. Monitoring Software Distribution Status
    7. Virtual Application Packages
    8. The Bottom Line
  14. 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. Monitoring Software Update Deployments
    10. The Bottom Line
  15. Operating System Deployment
    1. Preparing Configuration Manager 2007 for OSD
    2. Developing a Task Sequence for Creating a Capture Image
    3. Creating an Image of a Reference Computer
    4. Deploying the Operating System on "Bare Metal"
    5. Installing Device Drivers into OSD
    6. The Bottom Line
  16. Asset Intelligence
    1. What's New in Asset Intelligence in Configuration Manager
    2. Requirements for Asset Intelligence
    3. Elements of Asset Intelligence
    4. Configuring Asset Intelligence
    5. The Bottom Line
  17. Inventory and Software Metering
    1. Inventory in Configuration Manager 2007
    2. Software Metering in Configuration Manager 2007
    3. The Bottom Line
  18. Reporting
    1. Setting Up Reporting Point Roles
    2. Running a Report
    3. Creating and Managing Reports
    4. Cloning a Report
    5. Importing and Exporting Reports
    6. Creating and Managing Security on Reports
    7. Basic SQL Commands
    8. Creating Dashboards
    9. The Bottom Line
  19. Desired Configuration Management
    1. Overview of Desired Configuration Management
    2. Configuring Desired Configuration Management Client Agent Settings
    3. Creating Configuration Items
    4. Building a Configuration Baseline
    5. Desired Configuration Management Reporting
    6. The Bottom Line
  20. Mobile Device Management
    1. Setting Up a Mobile Device Management Point
    2. Enabling Distribution Points for Supporting Mobile Devices
    3. Configuring the Mobile Device Client Agent
    4. Extending Inventory on Client Desktop Computers
    5. Installing the Client Software on a Mobile Device
    6. Verifying Client Installation on Mobile Devices
    7. Deploying Software to Mobile Clients
    8. Using Reports to Verify Mobile Client Health
    9. The Bottom Line
  21. Network Access Protection
    1. Introducing Network Access Protection (NAP)
    2. Exploring the NAP Enforcement Methods
    3. Preparing for NAP and Configuration Manager 2007 Integration
    4. Phasing NAP into a Configuration Manager 2007 Environment
    5. The Bottom Line
  22. Troubleshooting
    1. Creating the Maintenance Plan
    2. Using Troubleshooting Tools
    3. Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Deployment
    4. Troubleshooting the Configuration Manager Console
    5. Troubleshooting Clients with the Client Status Tool
    6. The Bottom Line
  23. Disaster Recovery
    1. Planning for Disaster Recovery
    2. Backing Up Configuration Manager
    3. Restoring Configuration Manager
    4. Recovering Configuration Manager
    5. The Bottom Line
  24. The Bottom Line
    1. Chapter 2: Planning a Configuration Manager Infrastructure
    2. Chapter 3: Inoperability with Systems Management Server 2003
    3. Chapter 4: Installation and Site Role Configuration
    4. Chapter 5: Client Installation
    5. Chapter 6: Software Distribution
    6. Chapter 7: Software Updates
    7. Chapter 8: Operating System Deployment
    8. Chapter 9: Asset Intelligence
    9. Chapter 10: Inventory and Software Metering
    10. Chapter 11: Reporting
    11. Chapter 12: Desired Configuration Management
    12. Chapter 13: Mobile Device Management
    13. Chapter 14: Network Access Protection
    14. Chapter 15: Troubleshooting
    15. Chapter 16: Disaster Recovery
  25. Index