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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

By : Marius Sandbu
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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

By: Marius Sandbu

Overview of this book

Microsoft Configuration Manager is both extensive and complex, and for many, it is the primary tool for Enterprise management. With each new release, Configuration Manager continually proves itself to be the ultimate solution for managing both clients and mobile devices.This book covers in detailed and easy-to-understand steps how to set up highly available Configuration Manager roles and backend services such as SQL, DNS, and AD. You will learn how to plan for high availability, what kind of roles there are, and how they scale.The book starts by examining what needs to be taken into account when planning for high availability before moving on to focus on the different roles and how they can be set up. The book will also go through different scenarios as well as various backup and recovery procedures. You will learn how to identify bottlenecks within the different components and create sample design scenarios for high availability on Configuration Manager. The book will also look at the different high availability options and how to deploy them.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 1. Planning for High Availability with Configuration Manager

Configuration Manager can be a complex solution to grasp, as it can span from thousands to tens of thousands of different clients placed all around the globe on different platforms. And with the large number of features it contains, it also requires a well-planned infrastructure in place to serve all the different clients.

The whole concept of a system being highly available is that a service (or services) will still be available to serve the users in case of a general failure of a single component or components in the infrastructure. If a system is not Highly Available and a critical component goes offline, your service might go offline, and depending on the priority and service level agreement (SLA) of that service, this situation might be damaging for the entire business and its users.

And of course you always want to plan ahead to make sure your solution is available at all times to serve your users. We will begin by going through the various components that makes up a Configuration Manager site and how they work to serve the clients.

In this chapter we will be covering the following topics:

  • Planning for High Availability

  • Different roles and components within Configuration Manager

  • Planning for database configuration

  • Network usage Configuration Manager

  • What's new with Service Pack 1