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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)


Another component that Active Directory and Configuration Manager and other roles are very dependent on is DNS.

DNS is responsible for translating IP addresses to hostnames and is essential in every infrastructure.

When installing Active Directory, you also get the option to install DNS as part of the installation because you need DNS in place to set up Active Directory. By installing DNS as a part of Active Directory, you have the ability to use the replication features of Active Directory to replicate DNS records from one domain controller to another (this is known as Active Directory-Integrated Zones). You also gain some features with this setup when clients try to update their own DNS information (this is known as Secure Dynamic Updates).

DNS is a basic network service that operates on UDP port 53, which makes it easy to set it up as a load-balanced service. We can use Netscaler as well to set up a load-balanced DNS service.

First, we need to add the servers which have the DNS role...