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Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

ISBN: 978-1-118-12898-5
816 pages
May 2012
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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.

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Table of Contents

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

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Author Information

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

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

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

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

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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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2 36 Text correction
For clarity, the first two sentences on the page (the text immediately following Table 2.10) should read:

"For Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003 R2, only the standard distribution point is supported; enhanced features such as PXE or Multicast are not supported. For Windows Server 2008, Multicast is not supported."
5/31/12 1st & 2nd
4 154 Text correction: Typographical error
In the sidebar at the bottom of the page, the second paragraph, beginning "Line Trace32..." should read
"Like Trace32..."
5/31/12 1st and 2nd
4 161 Text correction: Errors in Table 4.1
The entries for EndPoint Protection Point and Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point show them as available only for the Central Administration Site. Those two roles are also available for a Primary Site.
7/5/12 1st & 2nd
4 173 Text correction: Incorrect version of Configuration Manager referred to in header
The header near the bottom of the page, "Troubleshooting a Configuration Manager 2007 Distribution Point"
should read:
"Troubleshooting a Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Point"
5/31/12 1st & 2nd
4 204 Text correction: Role availability for EndPoint Protection Point
The second sentence under the heading EndPoint Protection Point, beginning "This role is only available at the CAS..." should read:

"This role is only available at the CAS or on a stand-alone Primary site..."
7/5/12 1st & 2nd
4 206 Text correction: Role availability for Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point
The second sentence under the heading Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point, beginning "This role is only available at the CAS..." should read:

"This role is only available at the CAS or on a stand-alone Primary site..."
7/5/12 1st & 2nd
6 242 Text correction: List of Supported Operating Systems
Windows 7 Professional should appear in the list of Supported Operating Systems along with Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate.
5/10/12 1st
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