Author: Kerrie Meyler,Gerry Hampson,Saud Al-Mishari,Greg Ramsey,Kenneth van Surksum,Michael Gottlieb Wiles
Publisher: Sams Publishing
System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch provides a total systems management solution for a people-centric world. It can deploy applications to individuals using virtually any device or platform, centralizing and automating management across on-premise, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments. In System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch Unleashed, a team of world-renowned System Center experts shows you how to make the most of this powerful toolset. The authors begin by introducing modern systems management and offering practical strategies for coherently managing today’s IT infrastructures. Drawing on their immense consulting experience, they offer expert guidance for ConfigMgr planning, architecture, and implementation. You’ll walk through efficiently performing a wide spectrum of ConfigMgr operations, from managing clients, updates, and compliance to reporting. Finally, you’ll find current best practices for administering ConfigMgr, from security to backups. Detailed information on how to: Successfully manage distributed, people-centric, cloud-focused IT environments Optimize ConfigMgr architecture, design, and deployment plans to reflect your environment Smoothly install ConfigMgr Current Branch and migrate from Configuration Manager 2012 Save time and improve efficiency by automating system management Use the console to centralize control over infrastructure, software, users, and devices Discover and manage clients running Windows, macOS, Linux, and UNIX Define, monitor, enforce, remediate, and report on all aspects of configuration compliance Deliver the right software to the right people with ConfigMgr applications and deployment types Reliably manage patches and updates, including Office 365 client updates Integrate Intune to manage on-premise and mobile devices through a single console Secure access to corporate resources from mobile devices Manage Microsoft’s enterprise antimalware platform with System Center Endpoint Protection Using this guide’s proven techniques and comprehensive reference information, you can maximize the value of ConfigMgr in your environment–no matter how complex it is or how quickly it’s changing.
Get up to date quickly with clear, expert coverage of SCCM 2016 Mastering System Center Configuration Manager provides comprehensive coverage of Microsoft's powerful network software deployment tool, with a practical hands-on approach. Written by Santos Martinez, Peter Daalmans, and Brett Bennett, this guide walks you through SCCM 2016 with in-depth explanations anchored in real-world applications to get you up to speed quickly. Whether you're planning a new installation or migrating from a previous version of Configuration Manager, this book provides clear instruction and expert insight to get the job done right. Fully aligned with the latest release, the discussion covers the newest tools and features with examples that illustrate utility in a variety of contexts. System Center Configuration Manager (formerly SMS) is one of Microsoft's flagship products; the 2016 release has been updated with better Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 compatibility, improved tools for managing non-Microsoft mobile devices in the cloud, and more. This book provides start-to-finish coverage and expert guidance on everything you need to get your system up to date. Deploy software and operating systems Automate processes and customize configurations Monitor performance and troubleshoot issues Manage security in the cloud and on Virtual Machines SCCM 2016 improves your ability to handle the bring-your-own-device influx in managing mobile, streamlining the latest hiccup right into the everyday workflow. Mastering System Center Configuration Manager provides the practical coverage you need to get up and running seamlessly.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager’s SQL Server database contains valuable information about your users, computers, hardware, operating systems, applications, compliance status, and much more. Microsoft has provided excellent tools for extracting this information in meaningful ways, including SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SQL Server Data Tools Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI). System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed shows you how to make the most of these tools. World-renowned System Center reporting guru Garth Jones and his expert coauthors guide you through all facets of custom reporting with System Center. You’ll walk through installing and configuring SSRS, using SQL views to find the data you need, writing SQL queries, creating basic and advanced reports, and using role-based administration to securely deliver those reports to the correct individuals. Jones brings together reliable, comprehensive, and up-to-date System Center reporting techniques you’ll find in no other book or website. Using this guide, you can consistently retrieve the right information to solve immediate problems and quickly respond to management concerns. Detailed information on how to… • Install and configure SQL SSRS for optimal System Center reporting and easier troubleshooting • Understand the data stored in the ConfigMgr site database • Efficiently retrieve ConfigMgr data by writing SQL queries in SQL Server Management Studio • Learn best practices for developing and designing System Center reports • Create report templates, customize content with report parameters, and embed charts • Customize logos, color palettes, and other report elements for your own organization • Construct advanced drillthroughs to provide deeper understanding • Strengthen report security by integrating ConfigMgr role-based administration into SQL queries • Leverage reporting to measure KPIs and gain a better understanding of your environment • Tailor your reports to the needs of end-users or management • Foreword by Wally Mead, Principal Program Manager, Cireson The only book entirely dedicated to Configuration Manager reporting, this guide complements Meyler's System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed, offering far more in-depth coverage of reporting than the single chapter in that book. Most of the content in this new guide will be equally valuable in both System Center 2016 and 2012 environments.
What about SCCM Analysis of results? What are the rough order estimates on cost savings/opportunities that SCCM brings? What tools and technologies are needed for a custom SCCM project? Do the SCCM decisions we make today help people and the planet tomorrow? What are the top 3 things at the forefront of our SCCM agendas for the next 3 years? Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role... In EVERY company, organization and department. Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?' For more than twenty years, The Art of Service's Self-Assessments empower people who can do just that - whether their title is marketer, entrepreneur, manager, salesperson, consultant, business process manager, executive assistant, IT Manager, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are people who watch the process as it happens, and ask the right questions to make the process work better. This book is for managers, advisors, consultants, specialists, professionals and anyone interested in SCCM assessment. Featuring 608 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which SCCM improvements can be made. In using the questions you will be better able to: - diagnose SCCM projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices - implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals - integrate recent advances in SCCM and process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines Using a Self-Assessment tool known as the SCCM Scorecard, you will develop a clear picture of which SCCM areas need attention. Included with your purchase of the book is the SCCM Self-Assessment downloadable resource, containing all 608 questions and Self-Assessment areas of this book. This helps with ease of (re-)use and enables you to import the questions in your preferred Management or Survey Tool. Access instructions can be found in the book. You are free to use the Self-Assessment contents in your presentations and materials for customers without asking us - we are here to help. This Self-Assessment has been approved by The Art of Service as part of a lifelong learning and Self-Assessment program and as a component of maintenance of certification. Optional other Self-Assessments are available. For more information, visit http://theartofservice.com
This is the most comprehensive and realistic guide to Windows Server 2012 planning, design, prototyping, implementation, migration, administration, and support. Extensively updated, it contains unsurpassed independent and objective coverage of Windows Server 2012’s key innovations, including improved virtualization components, enhanced security tools, new web and management resources, and Windows 8 integration. Windows Server 2012 Unleashed reflects the authors’ extraordinary experience implementing Windows Server 2012 in large-scale environments since its earliest alpha releases, reaching back more than two years prior to its official launch. Microsoft MVP Rand Morimoto and his colleagues fully address every aspect of deploying and operating Windows Server 2012, including Active Directory, networking and core application services, security, migration from Windows Server 2003/2008, administration, fault tolerance, optimization, troubleshooting, and much more. Valuable for Windows professionals at all skill levels, this book will be especially indispensable for intermediate-to-advanced level professionals seeking expert, in-depth solutions. Every chapter contains tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned from actual deployments: practical information for using Windows Server 2012 to solve real business problems. Plan and migrate from Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Leverage powerful capabilities that are truly new in Windows Server 2012 Install Windows Server 2012 and the GUI-less Windows Server Core Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Utilize advanced AD capabilities including federated forests and identity management Plan and deploy network services, from DNS and DHCP to IPv6, IPAM, and IIS Protect systems and data with server-level security, transport-level security, and security policies Deliver true end-to-end secured anytime/anywhere access to remote/mobile clients Efficiently configure and manage users, sites, OUs, domains, and forests through Server Manager console Create more fault-tolerant environments with DFS, clustering, and Network Load Balancing Leverage major Hyper-V virtualization improvements in availability, redundancy, and guest support Manage Active Directory more efficiently with Active Directory Administrative Center, Best Practice Analyzer, and PowerShell scripts Systematically tune, optimize, debug, and troubleshoot Windows Server 2012
Andre Della Monica,Russ Rimmerman,Alessandro Cesarini,Victor Silveira
Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager
Author: Andre Della Monica,Russ Rimmerman,Alessandro Cesarini,Victor Silveira
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Get a head start deploying Windows 10--with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today.
Over 60 applicable recipes to administer and manage System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch About This Book Overcome the challenges of administering System Center Configuration Manager when deploying single and multiple-hierarchy sites Help your organization to build a custom-line of business apps and also protect the server against malware threats with Endpoint protection Get easy guidance and best practices to help you work with SCCM Who This Book Is For If you are an intermediate to advanced administrator who wants to administer SCCM and understand how to solve particular problems/scenarios, then this book is for you. You should have a working knowledge of SCCM, however, knowledge of the latest version is not required. What You Will Learn Administer System Center Configuration Manager Upgrade computers from Windows 7/ 8.x to Windows 10, using Serivce Plans to keep Windows 10 machines up to date Manage Compliance Settings effectively and monitor it with SSRS Manage Sites in System Center Configuration Manager and also learn to create collections, leverage role-based administration (RBA), and support clients over the internet without a VPN connection Implement multiple methods to deploy the client, as well as how to be proactive in monitoring client agent health Achieve Mobile device management with Microsoft Intune In Detail This practical cookbook is based on the 1602 current branch of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). It shows you how to administer SCCM, giving you an essential toolbox of techniques to solve real-world scenarios. Packed with over 60 task-based and instantly usable recipes, you'll discover how design a SCCM Infrastructure, and dive into topics such as the recommended SQL configuration for SCCM and how to deploy Windows 10 with Operating System Deployment (OSD). You will learn to easily manage Windows 10 devices by deploying applications, software updates, and feature upgrades, andl be able to leverage Mobile Device Management (MDM) using SCCM and Microsoft Intune. Finally, you see how to gather the inventory of all your PC park and create reports based on it. By the end of the book, you will have learned the best practices when working with SCCM and have a handy reference guide for troubleshooting. Style and approach This cookbook is full of quick recipes that show you how to administer SCCM and will help you understand how to solve particular problems/situations encountered in day-to-day tasks.
This book is your most complete source for in-depth information about Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007! System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Unleashed is a comprehensive guide to System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007. ConfigMgr 2007 helps you manage servers and desktops, integrates SMS 2003 “feature pack” functionality, and adds new capabilities. It enables you to assess, deploy, and update servers, clients, and devices across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments, including clients that connect only over the Internet. This book guides you through designing, deploying, and configuring ConfigMgr 2007 with detailed information on topics such as capacity planning, security, site design and hierarchy planning, server placement, discovery, native mode, and using Windows Server 2008. You will learn how to tackle challenges such as setting up DCM and OSD, customizing inventory, creating queries and using query results, and configuring asset intelligence. Detailed information on how to… • Understand how ConfigMgr works • Plan your ConfigMgr deployment • Manage Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) • Architect for performance • Install or migrate to ConfigMgr 2007 with Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 • Discover and manage clients • Create and distribute packages • Understand patch and compliance management • Create queries • Use reports • Deploy operating systems • Secure ConfigMgr 2007 • Perform site maintenance • Back up ConfigMgr components
Dave Kawula,Cristal Kawula,Allan Rafuse,Emile Cabot
This book covers the entire end-to-end planning, installing, updating, configuring and deploying a complete system with a full PKI infrastructure to boot! That element alone, documented in Chapter 2, cannot be overemphasized and is worth the cost of the book all by itself! When I was looking into the implementation of the then-new and shiny Internet Based Client Management (IBCM) feature many years ago, all I knew of PKI was how to spell it. I would have given anything for this information back then. For you, it's all crystal clear, and found right here in chapter 2. Beyond that element, you will first see listed out all the prerequisites necessary, the various roles and features to be implemented, the black magic that is SQL Server, your domain configurations clearly explained and necessary (which will keep your Domain Admins away from your desk!), and then walk you through how to install it all. You'll then end up with SSL security, the MDT Toolkit fully integrated, updated to Current Branch 1710, initial configuration settings applied, and clients deployed. In other words, you'll create a completely functional system with all of the latest-and-greatest. If you're naturally lazy like me, and you don't particularly want to go through all of this yourself but just want it DONE so you can get on with it, guess what? There's a SCRIPT to do it all FOR you!!! Lastly, the authors' then go on to also manage all of that hocus-pocus called networking! I never pretended to be a network engineer. As far as I'm concerned, they all live in a foreign land complete with its own language. NAT? Wasn't that a famous singer back in the day??? What's that got to do with anything? Well, in a simple-to-follow procedure in the prerequisites section, they make it all clear, and why.
Alex Lewis,Pat Richard,Phil Sharp,Rui Young Maximo
Author: Alex Lewis,Pat Richard,Phil Sharp,Rui Young Maximo
Publisher: Sams Publishing
Skype for Business Unleashed This is the most comprehensive, realistic, and useful guide to Skype for Business Server 2015, Microsoft’s most powerful unified communications system. Four leading Microsoft unified communications consultants share in-the-trenches guidance for planning, integration, migration, deployment, administration, and more. The authors thoroughly introduce Skype for Business 2015’s components and capabilities, as well as changes and improvements associated with the integration of popular Skype consumer technologies. You’ll find detailed coverage of IP voice, instant messaging, conferencing, and collaboration; and expert guidance on server roles, multi-platform clients, security, and troubleshooting. Reflecting their unsurpassed experience, the authors illuminate Microsoft’s new cloud-based and hybrid cloud architectures for unified communications, showing how these impact networking, security, and Active Directory. They cover SDN for unified communications; interoperation with consumer Skype and legacy video conferencing; quality optimization, mobile improvements, and much more. Throughout, the authors combine theory, step-by-step configuration instructions, and best practices from real enterprise environments. Simply put, you’ll learn what works–and how it’s done. Detailed Information on How To · Plan deployments, from simple to highly complex · Deploy Skype for Business Server 2015 as a cloud or cloud-hybrid solution · Walk step by step through installation or an in-place upgrade · Overcome “gotchas” in migrating from Lync Server 2010 or 2013 · Leverage new features available only in cloud or cloud-hybrid environments · Implement and manage Mac, mobile, Windows, browser, and virtualized clients · Establish server roles, including front end, edge, and mediation server · Make the most of Skype for Business Server 2015’s enhanced mobile experience · Manage external dependencies: network requirements, dependent services, and security infrastructure · Efficiently administer Skype for Business Server 2015 · Provide for high availability and disaster recovery · Integrate voice, telephony, and video, step by step · Avoid common mistakes, and discover expert solutions and workarounds Category: Business Applications Covers: Skype for Business User Level: Intermediate—Advanced
Troubleshoot all the aspects of your Configuration Manager installation, from basic easy checks to the advanced log files and serious issues About This Book Learn to troubleshoot Configuration Manager 2012 based versions of Microsoft System Center Understand the usability of tools and find resolutions to all the issues of Configuration Manager A step-by-step practical guide with the necessary screenshots and examples Who This Book Is For If you are new to Configuration Manager or have experience with it, and are interested in identifying, diagnosing and resolving the System Center Configuration Manager administration issues then this book is for you. What You Will Learn Fix your clients and install them correctly Understand how your Configuration Manager hierarchy works Extend your error information Troubleshoot Configuration Manager roles Know your options when faced with problems Prevent future problems occurring In Detail Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is the most popular enterprise client management solution in the world with some of the best features available. Troubleshooting this product, however, is not always as simple as you might want, not least getting to know the hundreds of log files and understanding how the various components work. The book starts with discussing the most commonly used tools for troubleshooting the variety of problems that can be seen in Configuration Manager. It then moves to providing a high level view of the available log files, their locations, what they relate to and what they typically contain. Next, we will look at how we can fully utilize and extend all the available information from the console monitoring pane through to the status messages and down into error logging with some further reaches into WMI, SQL, registry and the file structure. You will then learn what the common error codes mean, how to make sense of the less common ones and what they actually mean with respect to Configuration Manager. Further to this, you will pick up widely acknowledged best practices both from a proactive stance when carrying out your daily administrative tasks and also from a reactive position when the green lights start to turn red right down to a complete failure situation. By the end of the book, you will be competent enough to identify and diagnose the root causes of System Center Configuration Manager administration issues and resolving them. Style and approach An easy to follow yet practical guide that will advise you on what tools and information you have available to troubleshoot with, if you can extend that information and what to look for solving the issues.
This is the comprehensive reference and technical guide to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012. A team of expert authors offers step-by-step coverage of related topics in every feature area, organized to help IT professionals rapidly optimize Configuration Manager 2012 for their requirements, and then deploy and use it successfully. The authors begin by introducing Configuration Manager 2012 and its goals, and explaining how it fits into the broader System Center product suite. Next, they fully address planning, design, and implementation. Finally, they systematically cover each of Configuration Manager 2012's most important feature sets, addressing issues ranging from configuration management to software distribution. Readers will learn how to use Configuration Manager 2012's user-centric capabilities to provide anytime/anywhere services and software, and to strengthen both control and compliance. The first book on Configuration Manager 2012, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Unleashed joins Sams' market-leading series of books on Microsoft's System Center product suite: books that have achieved go-to status amongst IT implementers and administrators worldwide.
Anders Asp (MVP),Andreas Baumgarten (MVP),Steve Beaumont (MVP),Steve Buchanan (MVP),Dieter Gasser
Author: Anders Asp (MVP),Andreas Baumgarten (MVP),Steve Beaumont (MVP),Steve Buchanan (MVP),Dieter Gasser
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Discover over 100 practical recipes to help you master the art of IT service management for your organization About This Book Unleash the capabilities of Microsoft System Center 2016 Service Manager Master the skills of configuring, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting your Service Manager 2016 This book contains practical recipes that leverage the key and newly added features and functionalities of Microsoft System Center 2016 Service Manager Who This Book Is For This book will be useful to IT professionals including SCSM administrators who want to configure and administer System Center Service Manager 2016 and understand how to solve specific problems and scenarios that arise. It will also be useful to users of Service Manager 2012 who want to learn about the new features and capabilities of the Service Manager 2016 release. It will be ideal if you have Service Manager experience as well as experience with other System Center products. What You Will Learn See a practical implementation of the ITSM framework and processes based on ITIL Deploy and configure the new Service Manager HTML5 Self-Service Portal along with Service Catalog design and configuration Get to know about Incident, Problem, and Change Management processes and configuration Get to grips with performing advanced personalization in Service Manager Discover how to set up and use automation with and within Service Manager 2016 Work with Service Manager Data Warehouse Find out what Security Roles are and how to implement them Learn how to upgrade from SCSM 2012 R2 to SCSM 2016 In Detail System Center Service Manager (SCSM) is an integrated platform that offers a simplified data center management experience by implementing best practices such as Incident Management, Service Request, and Change Control to achieve efficient service delivery across your organization. This book provides you with real-world recipes that can be used immediately and will show you how to configure and administer SCSM 2016. You'll also find out how to solve particular problems and scenarios to take this tool further. You'll start with recipes on implementing ITSM frameworks and processes and configuring Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Then, you'll work through deploying and configuring the HTML5 Self-Service Portal, configuring Incident and Problem Management, and designing and configuring Change and Release Management. You'll also learn about security roles and overall Microsoft SCSM 2016 administration. Toward the end of the book, we'll look at advanced topics, such as presenting the wealth of information stored within the Service Manager Data Warehouse, standardizing SCSM deployments, and implementing automation. Style and approach This book will enlighten you on Microsoft System Center 2016 Service Manager through recipes that can be implemented directly in any enterprise. You can read the book from start to end if you're a beginner, or just open up any chapter and start following the recipes as a reference for advanced users. This book consists of a pool of step-by-step recipes on how to perform activities in Service Manager.
Take a deep dive into the world of Windows desktop deployment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit About This Book Learn Microsoft Deployment Toolkit best practices and how to adopt them into your deployment project Troubleshoot task sequence errors and quickly resolve deployment blockers An easy-to-follow, in-depth guide to image creation, customization, and deployment of Windows Who This Book Is For This book is ideal for those deploying or planning to deploy Windows, in need of a top-to-bottom guide on project deployment. It is also an invaluable resource for consultants who need a top-to-bottom guide (or just a refresher) on project deployment. What You Will Learn Build a production-ready MDT environment Administer the environment for multiple users Customize your reference image with an MDT Task Sequence Create standalone media for offline deployments Customize the default user profile according to the version of Windows Get to grips with some troubleshooting steps and processes to reduce the time for recovery of a failed image Customize and create Windows images for deployment Discover useful tips and tricks to help save time in your deployment projects In Detail The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment. Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process. Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we'll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book. We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We'll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles. Style and approach This is a comprehensive guide written using a step-by-step approach. It begins with the basics and gradually moves on to the advanced topics MDT.
Author: Michael Seidl,Andreas Baumgarten,Steve Beaumont
Over 30 recipes to automate your mission-critical tasks using the new and powerful Microsoft System Center 2016 OrchestratorAbout This Book* Create powerful runbooks for the entire System Center 2016 product line* Explore System Center 2016 Orchestrator to manage and automate your datacenter* A recipe-based guide to using SCO efficientlyWho This Book Is ForIf you are a system administrator and want to simplify the process of automating system administration tasks using System Center Orchestrator 2016 then this book is for you. A basic knowledge of SCO is expectedWhat You Will Learn* Create Runbooks for IT Service Management processes* Design and create Runbooks for System Center Confguration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager* Set up System Center Orchestrator, making it highly available* Create branching, looping, and child Runbooks to completely master System Center 2016 Orchestrator* Implement a security model for your System Center Orchestrator deployment and to execute Runbooks* Manage and automate your Datacenter with powerful Runbooks* Automate your System Center environmentIn DetailWith Microsoft System Center 2016 Orchestrator Cookbook, you will start by learning how to efficiently install and secure System Center Orchestrator. You will then learn how you can create configuration files for SCO 2016. After initial installation and configuration, you will soon be planning and creating functional and fault-tolerant System Center runbooks to automate daily tasks and routine operations. Next you will delve into runbooks; you will learn how to create powerful and advanced runbooks such as Building your Runbook without a Dead End. You will also learn to create simple and advanced runbooks for your daily tasks. Towards the end of the book, you will learn to use SCO for other interesting tasks and also learn to maintain and perform SCO health checks.By the end of the book, you will be able to automate your administrative tasks successfully with SCO.Style and approachThis book is written in a practical, cookbook style with numerous chapters and recipes focusing on creating runbooks to automate mission-critical and everyday administration tasks.
Design, implement, and improve your infrastructure administration with System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2's automation process About This Book Learn about the components of Orchestrator, the design and implementation process, and the way it interacts with your environment to create outstanding automation processes Gain an in-depth understanding of Runbooks, while exploring its security and troubleshooting aspects Follow this step-by-step guide at your own pace and get yourself in the frontline of the Orchestrator world Who This Book Is For This book is targeted for those who want to gain time in their administrative tasks and profit from it to improve also their environment by reaching a more autonomous infrastructure. Experience with other System Center family products as well as Active Directory and other core datacentre components would be useful to help you understand and execute the information given in this book. What You Will Learn Plan, assess, design, and implement Orchestrator 2012 R2 in a corporate environment Master the Runbook Designer and discover all about the Runbook creation process Import and integrate more technologies through new imported functionalities and learn what they bring to your environment Extend your possibilities and interaction with your environment while you get a hand of the best practices for this system Implement high-availability, security, backup, and recovery procedures and fine-tuning of the platform Familiarize yourself with the Runbook design and its implementation with an insight into the methodology for a more dynamic Datacenter In Detail With the increasing complexity of systems in our infrastructure designs, administrating these systems has become more complex and repetitive. This ultimately translates into an inefficient environment and loss of time. System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 is the tool that can help you regain that time again, by simplifying repetitive tasks (or complex ones) into a simple one that will require minimum intervention from you, or even none. This technology will drive you one step forward towards a more dynamic infrastructure and can also be used to make a customized Private Cloud environment setup. Starting off with the fundamentals of Orchestrator, this book helps you to learn the configuration and deployment of the Orchestrator 2012 R2 in a corporate environment to successfully deploy and mitigate real-life issues that you might encounter. You'll learn the most used part of Orchestrator, the Runbook Designer, with all its components and mechanisms to help you efficiently design and implement your Runbooks from top to bottom. Additionally, you will also get familiarized with configuring key Integration Packs available for Orchestrator to extend its functionality and enhance the automation solution. Furthermore, you will explore the possibilities of extending and integrating Orchestrator with other parties and learn to set up core infrastructure administrative tasks that can save time and effort when automated with Orchestrator. You finally round off by gaining insights on the maintenance aspects of Orchestrator, while simultaneously covering the troubleshooting, backup, and recovery features. Style and approach Written in a step-by-step guide format, the chapters are organized in a sequence of what you need to know first to move on to the next component. Each chapter contains a broad explanation of what we are working on at that moment and the tips provided are based on real-world experience.
Kerrie Meyler,Pete Zerger,Marcus Oh,Anders Bengtsson,Kurt Van Hoecke
Author: Kerrie Meyler,Pete Zerger,Marcus Oh,Anders Bengtsson,Kurt Van Hoecke
Publisher: Sams Publishing
Using System Center 2012 Orchestrator, you can capture and document processes across your entire IT organization, establishing the automation you need to deliver advanced cloud services and self-adjusting computing resources. Authored by five leading System Center experts, this comprehensive reference and technical guide brings together all the knowledge you’ll need to architect, install, implement, integrate, and maximize the value of your own Orchestrator solutions. The authors introduce current best practices based on large-scale enterprise implementations they’ve personally led or participated in. This up-to-date guide shows how to apply Orchestrator’s major improvements to implement IT process automation in any environment, including private clouds. You’ll start with context: what Orchestrator does, how it has evolved, how it works, and essential architecture and design techniques. Next, the authors help you make crucial up-front decisions about activities, runbooks, security, and administration. Finally, you’ll find expert guidance for integrating Orchestrator with the rest of System Center and with Windows Azure cloud services—including advanced automated workflows that encompass both data center and cloud. Detailed information on how to… • Understand System Center 2012 Orchestrator’s capabilities, evolution, architecture, and design, including SP1 improvements and R2 • Successfully install System Center 2012 Orchestrator and migrate smoothly from Opalis Integration Server 6.3 • Take full advantage of Orchestrator’s advanced new runbook automation capabilities • Configure activities associated with runbook control, systems, scheduling, monitoring, files, email, notification, and data handling • Design runbooks for fault tolerance and optimal performance • Enforce strong security using roles, permissions, and auditing • Deliver integration capabilities for Operations Manager, Service Manager, Configuration Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager • Automate end-to-end data center/ cloud workflows with integration packs and PowerShell • Create your own integration packs with Orchestrator Integration Toolkit (OIT.SDK) • Support Orchestrator 2012, troubleshoot problems, and discover the best web and third-party resources
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Covers System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
Author: James Bannan
Publisher: Manning Publications Company
Summary "Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches" is a super-practical guide to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In this book, you'll cut to the chase and learn the administrative procedures and techniques that will keep your systems humming smoothly. Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book. About the Technology Businesses rely on a complex patchwork of client computers, physical and virtual servers, middleware, mobile devices, and cloud services. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) sits in the middle of this mix, providing a single administrative control center to deploy and manage Windows servers and applications across your entire infrastructure, including cross-platform management of Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX. To get up to speed with the day-to-day tasks of managing a system with ConfigMgr, all you need is this book and a quiet place to eat your lunch. About the Book "Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches" is a super-practical guide to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In this book, you ll cut to the chase and learn the administrative procedures and techniques that will keep your systems humming smoothly. Whether you re a new sysadmin or you already understand the inner workings of Active Directory and Windows Server, you ll be productive immediately as you work through the 22 self-contained lessons in this handy tutorial. What's Inside Covers the latest build of Configuration ManagerHow to simplify updates, operating system deployment, and reportingCross-platform and mobile management including Linux, OS X, and WindowsSmart application delivery About the Reader No prior experience with System Center Configuration Manager needed. About the Author James Bannan is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP based in Australia. Table of Contents Before you beginSetting up your lab environment Making ConfigMgr aware of your environment Managing ConfigMgr devices and users Organizing devices and users Configuring ConfigMgr clients Creating and configuring applications with the AppModelDeploying applications and packages to ConfigMgr clientsEnsuring that ConfigMgr clients can access content Keeping ConfigMgr clients patched Preparing to deploy Windows Deploying Windows Advanced deployment of Windows with ConfigMgr and MDTManaging Linux clients Deploying to Linux and Mac clients Managing anti-malware with ConfigMgr Making sure clients are healthy Reporting in ConfigMgr Keeping an eye on your clients What to do when things go wrong Securing ConfigMgr All engines full steam ahead"
Over 31 simple yet incredibly effective recipes for installing and managing System Center 2016 Endpoint ProtectionAbout This Book- This is the most practical and up-to-date book covering important new features of System Center 2016 Endpoint protection- Gain confidence in managing IT and protecting your server against malware and other threats- Configure and automate reporting features and also prepare yourself for a simple and pain-free migration processWho This Book Is ForIf you are a System Administrator or Engineer using System Center 2016 Endpoint Protection, then this book is for you. You should have a good background with Microsoft products in general, although no knowledge of Endpoint Protection is required.What You Will Learn- Explore the best practices for Endpoint Protection in System Center Configuration Manager- Provision the Endpoint Protection Client in a Disk Image in Configuration Manager- Get to know more about the Security Center- Configure definition and engine client updates to be optimum for your bandwidth- Make your application or server work with Endpoint Protection enabled- Find out how to deal with typical issues that may occur with Endpoint Protection- Know how to respond to infections that often occurIn DetailSystem Center Configuration Manager is now used by over 70% of all the business in the world today and many have taken advantage engaging the System Center Endpoint Protection within that great product. Through this book, you will gain knowledge about System Center Endpoint Protection, and see how to work with it from System Center Configuration Manager from an objective perspective.We'll show you several tips, tricks, and recipes to not only help you understand and resolve your daily challenges, but hopefully enhance the security level of your business.Different scenarios will be covered, such as planning and setting up Endpoint Protection, daily operations and maintenance tips, configuring Endpoint Protection for different servers and applications, as well as workstation computers. You'll also see how to deal with malware and infected systems that are discovered. You'll find out how perform OS deployment, Bitlocker, and Applocker, and discover what to do if there is an attack or outbreak.You'll find out how to ensure good control and reporting, and great defense against threats and malware software. You'll see the huge benefits when dealing with application deployments, and get to grips with OS deployments, software updates, and disk encryption such as Bitlocker. By the end, you will be fully aware of the benefits of the System Center 2016 Endpoint Protection anti-malware product, ready to ensure your business is watertight against any threat you could face.Style and approachBuild robust SCEP and AV policies and discover the new potential of exciting new features of SCEP 2016.