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Get the comprehensive, one-volume reference for administering System Center Configuration Manager 2007. This ADMINISTRATOR'S COMPANION delivers all the information you need to plan, design, deploy, and manage mission-critical software updates--and help maximize your organization's productivity. Drill into the features and capabilities for change and configuration management for Windows(R)-based desktop and server systems, and use easy-to-follow procedures, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics for everyday, on-the-job results. The author, a Configuration Manager 2007 expert who's written extensively about the technology, provides in-depth information for remotely installing, administering, diagnosing, and troubleshooting applications; deploying patches; monitoring system usage; and tracking assets--must-know details to help protect and optimize your technology investment. The companion CD features a fully searchable eBook and job aids.
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Get the comprehensive, one-volume reference for administering System Center Configuration Manager 2007. This ADMINISTRATOR’S COMPANION delivers all the information you need to plan, design, deploy, and manage mission-critical software updates—and help maximize your organization’s productivity. Drill into the features and capabilities for change and configuration management for Windows–based desktop and server systems, and use easy-to-follow procedures, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics for everyday, on-the-job results. The author, a Configuration Manager 2007 expert who’s written extensively about the technology, provides in-depth information for remotely installing, administering, diagnosing, and troubleshooting applications; deploying patches; monitoring system usage; and tracking assets—must-know details to help protect and optimize your technology investment. The companion CD features a fully searchable eBook and job aids.
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About 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
Dedication; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: Planning, Deploying, and Configuring; Part II: Managing Clients; Part III: Site Database Management; Part IV: Appendixes; How to Use This Book; Planning, Deploying, and Configuring; Chapter 1: Introducing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007; 1.1 What Is System Center Configuration Manager 2007?; 1.2 Whats Changed Since System Management Server 2003?; 1.3 Features and Functions of Configuration Manager; 1.4 Key Elements of Configuration Manager; 1.5 Summary; Chapter 2: Planning for and Deploying Configuration Manager Sites; 2.1 Planning for Configuration Manager Sites; 2.2 Preinstallation Requirements; 2.3 Configuration Manager Setup Options; 2.4 Installing Configuration Manager Primary Sites; 2.5 Installing Configuration Manager Secondary Sites; 2.6 Installing Configuration Manager Consoles; 2.7 Navigating the Configuration Manager Console; 2.8 Modifying the Installation; 2.9 Removing Configuration Manager Installations; 2.10 Summary; Chapter 3: Configuring Site Server Properties and Site Systems; 3.1 Defining and Configuring the Configuration Manager Site; 3.2 The Site Configuration Process Flow; 3.3 Monitoring Status and Flow; 3.4 Defining and Configuring Site Systems; 3.5 Checkpoints; 3.6 Summary; Chapter 4: Implementing Multiple-Site Structures; 4.1 Defining Parent-Child Relationships; 4.2 Implementing Site Hierarchies; 4.3 Communicating Through Senders; 4.4 Summary; Chapter 5: Upgrading to Configuration Manager; 5.1 Planning the Site Structure; 5.2 Maintaining Mixed Sites within the Same Site Structure; 5.3 Upgrading to Configuration Manager 2007; 5.4 Post-Upgrade Tasks; 5.5 Summary; Chapter 6: Analysis and Troubleshooting Tools; 6.1 Working with Status Messages; 6.2 Understanding Status Summarizers; 6.3 Filtering Status Messages; 6.4 Working with Status Message Queries; 6.5 Status Message Process Flow; 6.6 Using Configuration Manager Service Manager; 6.7 Using Windows System Monitor with Configuration Manager; 6.8 Summary; Managing Clients; Chapter 7: Discovering Resources; 7.1 Understanding Discovery; 7.2 Examining Resource Discovery Methods; 7.3 Discovery Data Manager; 7.4 Summary; Chapter 8: Configuration Manager Client Installation; 8.1 Introduction; 8.2 Planning for Client Installation; 8.3 Preparing for Client Deployment; 8.4 Installing Clients Using Client Push Installation; 8.5 Overview of Other Available Client Installation Methods; 8.6 Understanding the Client Deployment Process; 8.7 Managing the Configuration Manager Client; 8.8 Checkpoints for Client Deployment; 8.9 Summary; Chapter 9: Defining Collections; 9.1 Defining Collections; 9.2 Creating Collections; 9.3 Updating Collections; 9.4 Collections and the Configuration Manager Site Hierarchy; 9.5 Checkpoints; 9.6 Summary; Chapter 10: Collecting Inventory; 10.1 Hardware Inventory; 10.2 Software Inventory; 10.3 Asset Intelligence; 10.4 Summary; Chapter 11: Distributing Software Packages; 11.1 Defining Package Distribution; 11.2 Creating Packages for Distribution; 11.3 Configuring the Software Distribution Component; 11.4 Distributing Software from a Resource; 11.5 Creating an Advertisement; 11.6 Configuring the Client Agent; 11.7 Monitoring Status; 11.8 Working with Branch Distribution Points; 11.9 Checkpoints; 11.10 Summary; Chapter 12: Deploying Operating Systems; 12.1 Understanding the Working Components of Operating System Deployment; 12.2 Understanding Task Sequences; 12.3 Creating an Image for Deployment; 12.4 Deploying the Operating System Image; 12.5 Manual Deployment Methods; 12.6 Checkpoints; 12.7 Summary; Chapter 13: Deploying Software Updates; 13.1 The Need for Effective Software Updates Management; 13.2 Introduction to the Software Updates Management Process; 13.3 Preparing for Software Updates Management; 13.4 The Four-Phase Software Updates Management Process; 13.5 Integrating Configuration Manager 2007 into the Software Updates Management Process; 13.6 Software Updates Fundamentals; 13.7 Responding to Emergencies; 13.8 Creating and Publishing Custom Updates; 13.9 Checkpoints; 13.10 Summary; Chapter 14: Implementing Desired Configuration Management; 14.1 The Need for Desired Configuration Management; 14.2 Understanding the Components of Desired Configuration Management; 14.3 Preparing to Use Desired Configuration Management; 14.4 Using Desired Configuration Management; 14.5 Organizing Configuration Data; 14.6 Understanding Compliance Evaluation; 14.7 How to View Compliance Results in Desired Configuration Management; 14.8 Remediating Noncompliannnnnnt Computers; 14.9 Checkpoints for Using Desired Configuration Management; 14.10 Summary; Chapter 15: Implementing Network Access Protection; 15.1 Understanding Network Access Protection; 15.2 Planning for Network Access Protection in Configuration Manager; 15.3 Implementing Network Access Protection in Configuration Manager; 15.4 Summary; Chapter 16: Managing Clients Across the Internet; 16.1 Understanding Internet-Based Client Management; 16.2 Summary; Chapter 17: Managing Clients Remotely; 17.1 Configuring a Client for Remote Control; 17.2 Exploring Remote Tools Functions; 17.3 Remote Tools Session Process Flow; 17.4 Monitoring Status and Flow; 17.5 Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Support; 17.6 Checkpoints; 17.7 Summary; Chapter 18: Monitoring Software Usage with Software Metering; 18.1 Understanding Software Metering; 18.2 Software Metering Process Flow; 18.3 Configuring Software Metering; 18.4 Running Software Metering Reports; 18.5 Checkpoints; 18.6 Summary; Site Database Management; Chapter 19: Extracting Information Using Queries and Reports; 19.1 Working with Queries; 19.2 Working with Reports; 19.3 Checkpoints for Using Queries and Reports; 19.4 Summary; Chapter 20: Configuration Manager 2007 Security; 20.1 Security Planning and Considerations; 20.2 Certificates and PKI Security; 20.3 Security Controls in Configuration Manager; 20.4 Custom Configuration Manager Consoles; 20.5 Summary; Chapter 21: Backing Up and Recovering the Site; 21.1 Database Maintenance; 21.2 Scheduling Maintenance Tasks; 21.3 Backing Up the Site Through Configuration Manager; 21.4 Recovering Configuration Manager Sites; 21.5 Using the Configuration Manager Site Repair Wizard; 21.6 Restoring Site Systems; 21.7 Summary; Chapter 22: Maintaining the Configuration Manager Database through SQL Server; 22.1 SQL Server Components; 22.2 Configuration Manager Database Components; 22.3 SQL Server Management Tools; 22.4 Database Maintenance; 22.5 Backing Up and Restoring the Database; 22.6 Modifying SQL Server Parameters; 22.7 Using SQL Replication to Enhance Configuration Manager Site Performance; 22.8 Summary; Appendixes; Recommended Web Sites; Backup Control File; Understanding Windows Management Instrumentation; Glossary; About the Author;