Pro SMS 2003

Overview

Pro SMS 2003 is a handy reference for practical solutions and problem solving, and is ideal for experienced network administrators who want to learn about SMS. Author Rod Kruetzfelds has been working for six years as a senior consultant, designing and implementing SMS. Everything in the book is based on his field experience, and he provides insight from the SMS community and offers numerous resources.

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Overview

Pro SMS 2003 is a handy reference for practical solutions and problem solving, and is ideal for experienced network administrators who want to learn about SMS. Author Rod Kruetzfelds has been working for six years as a senior consultant, designing and implementing SMS. Everything in the book is based on his field experience, and he provides insight from the SMS community and offers numerous resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590596982
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Series: Expert's Voice in Networking Series
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Kruetzfeld has been working in the IT industry for more than 12 years. He is a senior consultant for a national Canadian Microsoft Gold Partner. He specializes in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) implementations and operations, bringing success with these products to many clients. Rod holds a certified engineering diploma in computer engineering technology from SIAST Palliser Campus, as well as a number of certifications, including Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in Business Desktop Deployment (BDD 2.5). Rod has been an active member of the SMS community for many years. Through his work and community activities, he has gained a lot of knowledge of SMS 2003 and its use in various corporate environments. He maintains a blog at http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/rkruetzfeld/ default.aspx, where he addresses issues related to SMS and MOM. Rod lives in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he spends his spare time with his family and pursuing various activities, including camping and photography.
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Table of Contents


About the Author     xiii
About the Technical Reviewer     xv
Introduction     xvii
Introducing SMS 2003     1
SMS 2003 Features     1
SMS Components     3
SMS Sites     3
SMS Clients     5
WBEM and WMI     6
SMS 2003 Project Planning Approaches     6
Documentation     7
POC Phase     7
Pilot Phase     7
Summary     8
Planning Your SMS 2003 Implementation     9
Upgrade or New Installation?     9
Side-by-Side Upgrade     10
In-Place Upgrade     10
Installation Documentation     11
Capacity Planning     12
Topology     13
SMS Site Assumptions     15
Site Analysis     16
Output     16
Server Hardware     17
Drive Array Distribution     17
Server Memory Configuration     18
Network Connections     18
Active Directory Considerations     18
Active Directory Health Check     19
Active Directory Computer Account Cleanup     20
SMS SchemaExtensions     23
Network Load Considerations     23
Available Bandwidth     23
Network Considerations for the Advanced Client and BITS     24
SQL Server Considerations     24
Client Discovery Methods     25
Multiple Site Considerations     26
Primary Sites     26
Secondary Sites     26
Proxy Management Points (PMPs)     27
SMS Site Communications     28
SMS Site Boundaries and Client Roaming     29
Roaming Clients and MPs     30
Roaming for Software Distribution     31
Local Roaming vs. Remote Roaming Boundaries     31
Protected Distribution Points     32
Regional and Global Roaming     33
Summary     33
Installing and Configuring SMS 2003     35
Schema Extension     35
Meeting the Schema Extension Prerequisites     36
Updating the Schema on Windows 2000 Server     36
Updating the Schema on Windows Server 2003     37
Verifying the Schema Extension     38
Configuring SMS 2003 Active Directory Data Publishing     38
Security and Permissions     39
Choosing a Security Mode      39
Setting SMS Console Permissions     39
Customizing the SMS Administrator Console     43
Site Configuration     44
Configuring Addresses     45
Configuring Senders     48
Configuring Client Agents     48
Configuring Connection Accounts     54
Configuring Discovery Methods     55
Client Installation     58
Meeting the SMS 2003 Advanced Client Prerequisites     58
Using Client Push Installation     59
Installing a Client Manually     60
Installing a Client with a Machine Startup Script     61
Imaging Computers with the SMS 2003 Advanced Client Preinstalled     63
Resizing the Advanced Client Cache     63
Troubleshooting Client Installation     63
Uninstalling SMS Clients     69
Secondary and Child Primary Site Installation     70
Installing Secondary Sites     70
Installing Child Primary Sites     75
Adding Site Systems     77
Site Removal     83
Removing Secondary Sites     83
Removing a Child Primary Site Server     84
Unlocking Objects     84
Summary     87
SMS 2003 Resource Management     89
Site Assignment     89
SMS Site Component Status     91
SMS Client Health     93
Setting Up the Client Health Monitoring Tool     94
SMS Client Health Reporting     99
Collections     103
Creating Collections     103
Setting Up Security for Collections     111
Summary     113
SMS 2003 Software Delivery and Reporting     115
Packages     115
Defining Packages     115
Checking the Status of Packages     123
Advertisements     124
Creating Advertisements     124
Monitoring Advertisements     127
Modifying Advertisements     131
Software Metering     131
Defining Software Metering Rules     131
Scheduling Software Metering     132
Configuring Software Metering Tasks     134
Using Software Metering Reports     135
Queries     135
Web Reporting     140
Importing and Exporting Reports     141
Retrieving Converted WQL for a Web Report     141
Summary     143
SMS 2003 Patch Management      145
Patch Management Methodology     145
SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU)     146
Installing ITMU     147
Setting Up ITMU     153
Troubleshooting Update Deployment     159
Other Scanning Tools     160
Patch Application Techniques and Tricks     161
Update Schedules     161
SMS Reporting on Patch Status     161
Summary     161
SMS Feature Packs     163
SMS Operating System Deployment Feature Pack     163
Installing the SMS OSD Feature Pack     164
Creating an OS Image Capture CD     164
Capturing an OS Image Using the OS Image Capture CD     165
Creating an OSD Image Package     166
Deploying the Captured Image     167
Solution Accelerator for BDD     170
Setting Up BDD     170
Configuring the Build Process     176
Capturing the Build Process     182
SMS Device Management Feature Pack     183
SMS Administration Feature Pack     184
Manage Site Accounts Tool     184
Elevated-Rights Deployment Tool     184
Transfer Site Settings Wizard     185
Summary      185
The SMS Community     187
SMS Tools and Add-ins     187
Free Stuff     187
Commercial Products     189
Web-Based Resources     191
mylTforum.com     191
Blogcast Repository     193
AppDeploy.com     193
DesktopEngineer.com     194
Microsoft     194
Summary     195
Moving SMS into Operations     197
MOM Integration     197
Maintenance Mode     197
MOM Alert on Program Failure     198
System Center Product Integration     198
Backup and Disaster Recovery     198
SMS Backup Operations     198
Disaster Recovery Preparation     199
SMS Status Messages     200
Status Message Thresholds     200
Status Message Filtering     202
SMS Inventory Extensions     203
SMS MIF Files     204
SMS MOF Extensions     205
Software Packaging and Scripting Products     209
SMS Installer     210
Wise Package Studio     210
FLEXnet AdminStudio SMS Edition     210
Summary      211
Index     213
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