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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)

SQL Server

Another important role to configure redundant is SQL Server.

The SQL Server role is responsible for the site server database, so if the SQL Server goes down, the site server and other roles cannot write or read data from the database. Microsoft SQL Server has different forms of high availability, but Configuration Manager only supports Microsoft SQL Cluster. But we need to configure this before we start installing Configuration Manager.

There are multiple ways we can set up this cluster but I have chosen to set it up using SMB 3-based storage. Since the release of Windows Server 2012, it is now supported to place SQL databases on SMB 3 shares. Instead of having shared storage directly attached to the SQL servers, we set up file server which has the storage attached and set up the file server with SMB shares which the SQL Servers will access.

By leveraging the SMB protocol, we do not need to connect every server via an Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) network or FC...