Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003: Administrator's Companion

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Streamline—and centralize—the management of your Microsoft Windows-based desktops with the essential guide to planning, deploying, and supporting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. This in-depth administrator’s reference drills into SMS features and components and provides easy-to-follow procedures, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics for everyday, on-the-job results. From remotely installing, managing, and troubleshooting applications to deploying patches, monitoring system usage, and ...

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Overview

Streamline—and centralize—the management of your Microsoft Windows-based desktops with the essential guide to planning, deploying, and supporting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. This in-depth administrator’s reference drills into SMS features and components and provides easy-to-follow procedures, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics for everyday, on-the-job results. From remotely installing, managing, and troubleshooting applications to deploying patches, monitoring system usage, and tracking assets—you get must-know details for protecting and optimizing your technology investment.

Discover how to:

  • Plan, install, and configure your SMS site and site systems
  • Prepare existing SMS 2.0 sites for migration
  • Construct a management hierarchy, including creating secondary sites
  • Understand patch management and how to integrate SMS 2003 into the process
  • Walk through resource discovery and client installation methods
  • Create and distribute software packages and critical updates through the management console and through scripts
  • Implement and administer standard or advanced security modes
  • Monitor site activity, track information flow, and analyze network and server performance remotely
  • Plan your disaster recovery strategy, including maintenance and backups Evaluation software inside!
  • Try Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 with 120-day evaluation software on CD.

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD

The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735618886
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2004
  • Series: Administrator's Companion Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven D. Kaczmarek, MCP, MCT, MCSE, is a content publishing manager at Microsoft, where he helps create customer-ready documentation for System Center Configuration Manager 2007. He is the author of the award-winning Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Administrator's Companion and speaks at the annual Microsoft Management Summit.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Installation, Planning, and Management
1 Overview 2
2 Primary Site Installation 26
3 Configuring Site Server Properties and Site Systems 86
4 Multiple-Site Structures 140
5 Analysis and Troubleshooting Tools 196
6 System Performance and Network Analysis 246
Pt. II Resource Discovery, Client Installation, and Remote Control
7 Resource Discovery 276
8 Client Installation Methods 302
9 Inventory Collection 334
10 Remote Control of Client Systems 368
Pt. III Software and Package Management
11 Collections 404
12 Package Distribution and Management 436
13 Patch Management 506
14 Microsoft Systems Management Server Installer 554
15 Software Metering 602
Pt. IV Site Database Maintenance, Recovery, and Upgrade
16 Queries and Reports 622
17 Security 654
18 Disaster Recovery 694
19 Maintaining the Database Through Microsoft SQL Server 732
20 Migration Issues 754
Pt. V Appendixes
A: Backup Control File 778
B: Recommended Web Sites 786
Index 791
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    The 'Bible' for SMS professionals

    This book is absolutely indispensable in the field for quick access to vital information during a design and test process. Easy to use, easy to read (if you know the product at an advanced level), and good to have around to back you up for authority and best practices at the Microsoft level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    Avoid this book

    This is the worst written technical book I have ever used. It is lacking a great amount of detail and discussions of options while at the same time being very verbose. It just doesn¿t have any real meaningful content. While using this book I had to spend a considerable amount of time researching topics that did not provide enough detail.

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