20703-1-B: Administering System CenterConfiguration Manager

  • Duration: 5 Days (40 Hours)
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Administering System Center Configuration Manager Course Overview

This comprehensive course equips IT professionals with the expertise to leverage Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager 2016 for efficient network management.

Dive Deep into Essential Topics:

  • Master the System Architecture: Gain a solid understanding of Configuration Manager’s core components and how they work together.
  • Streamline Client Deployment: Learn effective strategies for deploying and managing clients across your network.
  • Gain Inventory Insights: Unlock the power of inventory management to gather detailed information about your IT assets.
  • Effortless Application Deployment: Effortlessly deploy applications to your endpoints, ensuring smooth and efficient delivery.
  • Stay Updated with Software Updates: Implement a robust software update strategy to keep your systems secure and optimized.
  • Reinforce Endpoint Protection: Enhance your network security by configuring and managing Endpoint Protection features.
  • Enforce Compliance Standards: Ensure adherence to organizational policies with comprehensive compliance management tools.
  • Operating System Deployment Made Easy: Master the art of deploying operating systems to new and existing machines.
  • Maintain a Healthy Site: Learn best practices for site maintenance to keep your Configuration Manager environment running smoothly.

Hands-on Learning for Real-world Success:

Through engaging labs, you’ll gain practical experience configuring services, deploying applications, managing updates, and more. This immersive approach solidifies your understanding and prepares you to apply your newfound skills in real-world scenarios.

Become a Valuable Asset:

This course is an invaluable investment for IT professionals seeking to:

  • Optimize Management Operations: Streamline processes and gain greater control over your IT infrastructure.
  • Effortless Application Management: Deploy, update, and manage applications with ease.
  • Maintain System Uptime: Ensure your systems are always up-to-date and functioning optimally.
  • Fortify Network Security: Implement robust security measures to safeguard your network against evolving threats.

Intended Audience For Administering System Center Configuration Manager Training

  • Experienced IT professionals (e.g., Enterprise Desktop Administrators)
  • Configuration Manager certification aspirants
  • System administrators looking to automate routine tasks
  • IT professionals seeking to improve asset management
  • Help desk technicians seeking advanced troubleshooting skills
  • Security professionals interested in endpoint protection
  • Network administrators seeking to manage network devices
  • System engineers responsible for designing and deploying Configuration Manager
  • IT consultants specializing in Microsoft System Center solutions
  • Anyone looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of Configuration Manager for managing and deploying resources in a network environment

Learning objectives of Administering System Center Configuration Manager Training course

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  • Grasp System Center Configuration Manager Architecture: This objective focuses on understanding the core components of Configuration Manager and how they interact to manage network resources effectively.
  • Master Client Deployment Strategies: Participants will learn efficient methods for deploying and managing Configuration Manager client software across various devices within the network.
  • Leverage Inventory Management: The course will equip participants with the ability to utilize Configuration Manager’s inventory features to gather detailed information about hardware, software, and other IT assets.
  • Streamline Application Deployment: A key objective is to gain expertise in deploying applications to endpoints seamlessly, ensuring efficient application delivery across the network.
  • Implement Effective Software Updates: Participants will learn strategies for managing software updates, keeping systems secure and optimized with the latest patches and updates.
  • Configure and Manage Endpoint Protection: The course delves into configuring and managing Endpoint Protection features to bolster network security against evolving threats.
  • Enforce Compliance Standards: Participants will gain the ability to leverage Configuration Manager’s compliance management tools to ensure adherence to organizational security policies and regulations.
  • Master Operating System Deployment: A core objective is to equip participants with the skills to efficiently deploy operating systems to both new and existing machines within the network.
  • Maintain a Healthy Configuration Manager Site: The course emphasizes best practices for maintaining the Configuration Manager environment, ensuring its smooth operation and optimal performance.
  • Gain Practical Experience: Hands-on labs throughout the training provide participants with the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge to real-world scenarios, solidifying their understanding and preparing them for practical application.

Administering System CenterConfiguration Manager Training Course Modules

Module 1: Managing Computers and Mobile Devices in the Enterprise

  • Covers Configuration Manager features for hardware/software inventory, application management, OS deployment, and security.
  • Introduces core concepts like architecture, management tools, and client deployment strategies.
  • Hands-on labs explore the Configuration Manager console, PowerShell integration, and troubleshooting tools.

Module 2: Analyzing Data using Queries, Reports, and CMPivot

  • Explains how to create queries to locate specific devices or users within your network.
  • Covers configuring SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) for generating reports on Configuration Manager data.
  • Introduces CMPivot for real-time data analysis of connected devices.
  • Labs focus on creating and running queries, configuring SSRS, and using CMPivot.

Module 3: Preparing the Configuration Manager Management Infrastructure

  • Introduces boundaries and boundary groups for managing network locations with devices you need to manage.
  • Explains resource discovery methods for identifying computers, users, and network infrastructure.
  • Covers creating collections for grouping resources for targeted management tasks.
  • Hands-on labs involve configuring boundaries, discovery methods, and creating device/user collections.

Module 4: Deploying and Managing the Configuration Manager Client

  • Explains supported devices and operating systems for the Configuration Manager client.
  • Covers different methods for client deployment and configuration options.
  • Demonstrates managing client settings and monitoring client health.
  • Labs focus on deploying the client using various methods, configuring and monitoring client status, and managing settings.

Module 5: Managing Inventory for PCs and Applications

  • Provides an overview of inventory collection, hardware/software inventory configuration, and collection cycles.
  • Covers software metering for monitoring program usage and managing Asset Intelligence for license tracking.
  • Hands-on labs involve configuring and managing hardware/software inventory, configuring software metering, and setting up Asset Intelligence.

Module 6: Distributing and Managing Content Used for Deployments

  • Explains the content distribution infrastructure using distribution points and peer cache sources.
  • Covers distributing and managing content like packages, applications, software updates, and OS images.
  • Demonstrates content validation and content prestaging techniques.
  • Labs involve setting up a distribution point, managing content distribution, and performing content validation/prestaging.

Module 7: Deploying and Managing Applications

  • Explains methods for creating, deploying, and managing applications with Configuration Manager.
  • Covers using the Software Center and Application Catalog for application access.
  • Demonstrates managing deployments for unconventional applications and deploying virtual/Windows 10 apps.
  • Hands-on labs involve creating and deploying applications, managing application supersedence/removal, deploying virtual applications, and deploying Windows 10 apps.

Module 8: Maintaining Software Updates for Managed PCs

  • Explains using the software updates feature for managing the complex task of identifying, deploying, and monitoring updates for clients.
  • Covers configuring automatic deployment rules and troubleshooting software updates.
  • Demonstrates enabling third-party updates.
  • Labs involve configuring the site for software updates, deploying and managing updates, and configuring automatic deployment rules.

Module 9: Implementing Endpoint Protection for Managed PCs

  • Explains using Configuration Manager’s security features to protect client computers from malware threats.
  • Covers configuring specific Windows Defender Firewall settings for clients.
  • Demonstrates deploying, managing, and monitoring Endpoint Protection policies and advanced threat policies.
  • Hands-on labs involve configuring the Endpoint Protection point and client settings, deploying Endpoint Protection policies, and implementing advanced threat protection policies.

Module 10: Managing Compliance and Secure Data Access

  • Explains using compliance settings to identify existing configurations, discover non-compliant systems, and remediate settings automatically.
  • Covers managing resource and data access using folder redirection, offline files, roaming profiles, remote connection profiles, VPN profiles, Wi-Fi profiles, and certificate profiles.
  • Demonstrates configuring compliance settings to maintain configuration requirements and provide secure data access.
  • Hands-on labs involve managing configuration items and baselines, viewing compliance reports, configuring remediation, and using compliance information to create collections.

Module 11: Managing Operating System Deployment

  • Explains using the operating system deployment feature to create images for deploying to unmanaged and managed computers.
  • Covers preparing a reference computer, capturing an OS image, and using task sequences for post-deployment configuration.
  • Demonstrates managing Windows as a service (WaaS) for updates.
  • Hands-on labs involve preparing the site for OS deployment, managing packages for deployment, deploying OS images, and learning WaaS management.

Module 12: Managing and Maintaining a Configuration Manager Site

  • Explains role-based administration for delegating tasks and Remote Tools for remotely managing clients.
  • Covers essential site maintenance tasks, using Management Insights recommendations, and backing up/recovering a Configuration Manager site.
  • Demonstrates updating the Configuration Manager infrastructure.
  • Hands-on labs involve configuring role-based administration for specific users, configuring Remote Tools, performing maintenance tasks, backing up the site, and recovering from a backup.

By completing this course, you will gain the following skills:

  • Manage computers, users, and mobile devices within your network environment using Configuration Manager.
  • Utilize Configuration Manager features for hardware/software inventory, application deployment, operating system deployment, software updates, and security (Endpoint Protection).
  • Create queries, reports, and leverage CMPivot for data analysis related to your Configuration Manager environment.
  • Configure the Configuration Manager infrastructure, including boundaries, discovery methods, and collections for managing resources effectively.
  • Deploy and manage the Configuration Manager client software on various devices.
  • Manage inventory collection for hardware, software, and software metering. Utilize Asset Intelligence for license tracking.
  • Distribute and manage content used for deployments, including packages, applications, software updates, and operating system images.
  • Deploy and manage applications using Configuration Manager, including virtual and Windows 10 apps.
  • Maintain software updates for managed devices using automated deployment rules and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Implement Endpoint Protection to protect client computers from malware threats and configure Windows Defender Firewall settings.
  • Manage compliance settings to enforce configuration requirements and control data access within your network.
  • Deploy operating system images to unmanaged and managed computers, manage Windows as a service (WaaS) updates.
  • Configure role-based administration, utilize Remote Tools, perform essential site maintenance tasks, and back up/recover a Configuration Manager site.

Administering System CenterConfiguration Manager Course Prerequisites

  • Basic understanding of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP and Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Familiarity with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and management.
  • Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge of Windows client operating system fundamentals (Windows 10 or later).
  • Basic understanding of the concepts of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security.
  • Experience with Windows PowerShell and command-line interface scripting.

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