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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)


Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is a book that covers all of the aspects from planning to deploying a redundant Configuration Manager environment.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Planning for High Availability with Configuration Manager, covers what you need to plan for when you want to set up High Availability for your site. For instance, it shows how to plan a layout for SQL server, what kind of networking technology to use, and so on.

Chapter 2, Configuring Roles for High Availability, covers how you can deploy the different Configuration Manager roles that are highly available. For instance, it shows how we can deploy the application catalog service redundantly and the different forms of distribution points, and how they can affect the performance on our site.

Chapter 3, Deploy Highly Available Backend Services, covers how you can deploy backend services, such as DNS and AD that are highly available and how they operate together. It will also cover services such as SQL and using a redundant PKI solution.

Chapter 4, Backup and Recovery, covers what you need to take into account and how you can back up and restore a Configuration Manager environment. It also covers how the content store is built up and what we can use to back it up.

Chapter 5, Performance Tuning, covers various performance tuning tips such as OS deployment, virtualized environments, and SQL deployments. This chapter will also go into different OS tuning tips such as identifying bottlenecks using different tools.

What you need for this book

In order to try out the subjects covered in this book, it is recommended to download an evaluation version of Configuration Manager VHD from Microsoft, which can be found at contains a preconfigured Configuration Manager site with SQL and AD. It is also recommended to use a virtualized environment when evaluating technologies such as Hyper-V, VMware workstation, or Virtual box in a local environment.

Who this book is for

This book is for IT professionals who are or have been working with Configuration Manager and those wish to learn more about deploying a redundant and scalable solution. This book is also suitable for people that wish to learn more about Configuration Manager outside its basic functions.


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