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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)

New in Service Pack 1

Before we continue on how to deploy High Availability, it is import to note some of the changes that have been done to the Service Pack 1 release. Some of the new features are large hierarchy changes that can affect the site design. It has the following features:

  • Support to update client notifications from the Console

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 for Site Systems and clients

  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for Site databases

  • Support to place a Distribution point in Windows Azure

  • Support for multiple Service Update points within a site

  • Support to expand a primary site into a hierarchy including a CAS

  • Support for PowerShell

  • Support for pull-based Distribution points

  • Support for agents on Mac clients, Linux servers, and UNIX servers

  • Support to configure users' profile settings such as folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles

  • Support for applications that has been created using Microsoft Application Virtualization Version 5.0

  • Support for thin clients using Windows Embedded

  • Support for endpoint protection for Mac clients, Linux servers and UNIX servers

  • Support for Intune integration for mobile device management


During the writing of this book, System Center 2012 R2 is in the making and is expected to be released October 18, 2013, the release will focus more on Intune and mobile device management.

Also it will support the next wave of operating systems Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.