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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)

Active Directory

Configuration Manager relies heavily on Active Directory for many of its functions. Active Directory is responsible for handling every authentication process which takes place within a Windows environment. Every user and computer has its own associated object and a password attached to it within the domain.

Each time a user wants to log in to a domain and presses Ctrl + Alt + Delete, the clients send over 10 different requests to the domain. So, if we have a high number of clients and users within the domain, we will have a lot of traffic going to the domain services.

Configuration Manager uses Active Directory for a lot of features, such as authentication to the service itself, application deployment, role-based access control, remote tools, and reporting.

Domain Controllers is the server role that handles Active Directory, every authentication process, user changes, password updates, and queries are handled by the domain controllers. So, when setting up a redundant Active...