Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager


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Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager by Steve Rachui, Kent Agerlund, Santos Martinez, Peter Daalmans

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118128985
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.68(d)

About the Author

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

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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