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Systems Center Configuration Manager

This Microsoft System Center video training with James Conrad covers how to manage the infrastructure of Microsoft’s latest version of Windows, through topics such as deploying Configuration Manager clients, managing client settings, and more....
This Microsoft System Center video training with James Conrad covers how to manage the infrastructure of Microsoft’s latest version of Windows, through topics such as deploying Configuration Manager clients, managing client settings, and more.

How do you manage a Windows infrastructure? Installing applications by walking around is so 1990. Automation is the name of today’s game, and nothing spells Windows automation such as System Center Configuration Manager. Automation has been called the Windows Administrator’s force multiplier. With the right tools, it enables a well-prepared administrator to monitor and enact change to exactly the right devices at exactly the right time.

Prepping you to use those tools and wield that incredible power is the reason behind this video course. This course delivers a broad and deep exposure to Microsoft’s ConfigMgr 2012 R2.

You’ll learn how to package and deploy software and virtual applications, as well as how to automate everything from individual configurations to entire OS deployments. You’ll learn the foundations of what you need to know for certification success, but you’ll also learn a few ConfigMgr best practices that consultants rarely share.

In a Windows world where clicking Next, Next, Finish is no longer good enough, smart IT professionals know that being automation savvy is key to guaranteed employment. Join James in this Configuration Manager 2012 R2 course and deep dive to develop exactly those skills that’ll make you the Most Valuable Professional of your own IT organization.

Recommended Experience
  • Experience working with System Center Configuration Manager 2012/R2, Windows Server, security, and networking experience in an enterprise environment
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server and Windows PowerShell knowledge, mobile device management, and application configuration
  • 1-3 years of experience supporting multiple desktop and server computers running the Windows Server OS in medium to large organizations
  • Fundamental Active Directory knowledge
Recommended Equipment
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  • If you want to create a similar lab environment to the one used in the demonstrations: One physical computer with at least 8 GB RAM (16 GB is much better) and a quad-core processor running virtualization software. All operating systems and SCCM 2012 R2 are available as trial downloads from Microsoft.
Related Certifications
  • MCTS: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Related Job Functions
  • IT professionals (often at a more advanced level)
  • Systems administrators
James Conrad has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2003 and holds a variety of certifications including CompTIA A+ and Server+; Certified Ethical Hacker; Microsoft MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, and MCTS.
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1. Introduction (3 min)
2. Configuration Manager Overview (16 min)
3. Install Configuration Manager (23 min)
4. Configuration Manager Console Overview (8 min)
5. Boundaries and Boundary Groups (8 min)
6. Resource Discovery (19 min)
7. User and Device Collections (23 min)
8. Client Installation Overview (13 min)
9. Client Installation Preconfiguration (14 min)
10. Client Installation (20 min)
11. Inventory and Report Setup (10 min)
12. Inventory and Report Demo (19 min)
13. SQL Queries (12 min)
14. Software Metering (11 min)
15. Packages and Programs Overview (19 min)
16. Packages and Programs Demo (21 min)
17. Using a Packager and App-V Sequencer (16 min)
18. Applications Overview (11 min)
19. Applications Demo (23 min)
20. Operating System Deployment Overview (16 min)
21. Operating System Deployment Server Setup (20 min)
22. Operating System Deployment Task Sequence (14 min)
23. Operating System Deployment Build and Capture, Deploy (11 min)
24. WSUS and Software Update Point Configuration (25 min)
25. Software Update Deployment (23 min)
26. Compliance Settings Overview (15 min)
27. Configuration Items and Configuration Baselines (30 min)
28. Forefront Endpoint Protection (25 min)
29. Managing Mobile Devices: AMT Devices and Exchange Connector (12 min)
30. Managing Mobile Devices: Windows Intune and Enrolling Devices (25 min)
31. Managing Mobile Devices, Plan and Configure Security (28 min)
32. Clean Up Topics (18 min)
33. Manage Site Communications (18 min)
34. Manage Role-Based Security (11 min)



Hello folks. My name's James Conrad. And I'm this goofy looking guy down in the lower left. Here we're going to be taking a look at Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. This is going to align with the 70-243 exam objectives from Microsoft and also include a lot of real world application.


Here we're going to take a look at a list of objectives and topics that we're going to address in this series, first of all, the Configuration Manager, just as an overview. It's a very deep product, so you have to know how to get to various pieces within the product.


We'll look at that. We'll also look at how to install Configuration Manager. There's a lot involved in doing that. For example, you have to have SQL Server. That itself is a big topic all on its own. And I'll show you how to do that as well as how to get around and work with all the prerequisites that Configuration Manager needs.


We'll move on to the boundaries that you need to set up for Configuration Manager, as well, such as which sites or subnets you work with. We'll also discover resources. And then after we've discovered appropriate resources, you can create collections.


This is where a lot of the power of Configuration Manager starts to come into play. Because once you have a collection, you can start to do things like deploy software to it. We also take a look at Configuration Manager clients, which is very important, because the client is a piece that is on your client computers.


And it communicates with Configuration Manager and receives instructions, such as what kind of baselines need to be there, what kind of software to download or updates. We'll take a look at the inventory of your computers. It's important to know what files are there.


You also need to know what kind of hardware is there. So you can know, for example, whether it's capable of accepting a software package that you want to deploy. We'll take a look at SQL queries as well. That might look like it's kind of its own topic.


And it sort of is. I mean, after all, it's SQL. But the better you are at SQL queries, the better you're going to be at Configuration Manager, because it depends upon SQL queries for much of the work that you'll be doing. And then as we continue on here, we're also going to be working with software metering.


It's important to know how much your users are actually using software. Because if they're not using it, you might be able to give up the license, for example, and save some money. We'll also take a look at software deployment, because, of course, you need to deploy the software appropriately.


And software deployment, as well as the next couple of topics that you see on the list here, are very big pieces for why people even buy Configuration Manager. Because it gives us a great deal capability and granular power in all of these topics. Operating system deployment's another one there.


Very useful, again, because we can do it pretty much hands-free. You can deploy software to a client without ever having to visit that machine if you want that level of control. You can also determine which updates to apply to computers. This goes way beyond just WSUS, which is what a lot of organizations use.


And we can get, again, a higher level of control there. And we can also work with mobile devices. Mobile devices, in today's environment, is kind of the runaway train, because everyone's bringing their own devices, and we have no control over them, whatsoever.


So with mobile devices and Configuration Manager, you have a lot more control there. And then, also, there's site communication. That's very important to allow your Configuration Manager's servers to communicate with one another to replicate database information as well as various types of files for example.


We'll take a look at how to control that. And then as we start to drift off the page here, we'll look at role-based security as well. As we slip off the end, some of you are saying, it's about time we got rid of that guy. Anyway, we'll look role-based security so that you can determine which administrators have capabilities to work with various pieces of Configuration Manager.


Well, this is a very fun series, by the way, I got to tell you. I've had a lot of fun recording it. You're going to really enjoy it, I'm quite sure. So let's go ahead and get started with our first Nugget.

Configuration Manager Overview

Install Configuration Manager

Configuration Manager Console Overview

Boundaries and Boundary Groups

Resource Discovery

User and Device Collections

Client Installation Overview

Client Installation Preconfiguration

Client Installation

Inventory and Report Setup

Inventory and Report Demo

SQL Queries

Software Metering

Packages and Programs Overview

Packages and Programs Demo

Using a Packager and App-V Sequencer

Applications Overview

Applications Demo

Operating System Deployment Overview

Operating System Deployment Server Setup

Operating System Deployment Task Sequence

Operating System Deployment Build and Capture, Deploy

WSUS and Software Update Point Configuration

Software Update Deployment

Compliance Settings Overview

Configuration Items and Configuration Baselines

Forefront Endpoint Protection

Managing Mobile Devices: AMT Devices and Exchange Connector

Managing Mobile Devices: Windows Intune and Enrolling Devices

Managing Mobile Devices, Plan and Configure Security

Clean Up Topics

Manage Site Communications

Manage Role-Based Security

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James Conrad
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