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Microsoft System Center

  • Published:
    April 16, 2012
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Credit toward certification:

Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

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Design and plan System Center Configuration Manager infrastructure (10–15%)
  • Plan System Center Configuration Manager hierarchy and site system roles
    • Pre-installation requirements, examining the current computing environment, CAS, primary and secondary sites, branch cache, designing and recommending System Center Configuration Manager server architecture, extending the Active Directory schema (DNS service records, WINS), managed providers, discovery methods, and planning migration
  • Plan and configure security
    • PKI or self-signed certificates, HTTP or HTTPs implementation, NAP, FEP, and planning role-based security
  • Define the Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
    • Disaster recovery and site maintenance

Preparation resources

Manage operating system deployment (OSD) (10–15%)
  • Configure the OSD environment
    • Configuring WDS, configuring PXE, configuring the VM build environment, and integrating with MDT
  • Build and capture an image
    • Updating base images, task sequences
  • Deploy an image
    • New (bare metal) and upgrade images, VHD deployment
  • Manage images
    • Drivers, servicing

Preparation resources

Deploy applications and software updates (10–15%)
  • Create an application
    • Defining deployment types, deploying applications to RDSH, MSI, and App-V, and converting a package
  • Deploy an application
    • User device affinity, compliance settings, Software Center, and task sequences
  • Monitor application deployment
    • Resolving issues, managing application distribution points, distribution point groups, Content Library, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), log files, and In Console Monitoring
  • Manage the software library and application catalog
    • Web portal configuration, work schedule, and definition of primary machines for users
  • Create and monitor software updates
    • Automatic Deployment Rules (ADR), SSRS, creating update groups, creating deployment packages, log files, and In Console Monitoring
  • Configure FEP clients by using System Center Configuration Manager
    • Creating and managing policy by using Configuration Manager, configuring definitions within the client policy, exporting from Configuration Manager, choosing which template to use, and select exclusions

Preparation resources

Manage compliance settings (10–15%)
  • Build a Configuration Item (CI)
    • Creating a CI, importing a CI, setting CI versioning, and remediation rules
  • Create and monitor a baseline
    • Importing a configuration pack, building a custom baseline, SSRS, log files, In Console Monitoring, deploying a baseline

Preparation resources

Manage sites (10–15%)
  • Manage collections
    • Setting maintenance windows, defining rules for collections (collection membership, query-based collections), collection-specific settings
  • Monitor site health
    • SSRS, log files, In Console Monitoring, Toolkit
  • Configure software updates
    • Sync schedule, catalogs, products, WSUS, and superseded updates
  • Manage site communications
    • Configuring bandwidth settings for a site address, configuring senders, secondary sites (file-based replication, SQL replication paths), resolving DP connections
  • Manage boundary groups
    • Creating boundary groups, using boundary groups in more than one DP, client roaming, Internet-based clients
  • Manage role-based security
    • Security scopes, custom roles, cloned security roles and permissions

Preparation resources

Manage clients (10–15%)
  • Deploy clients
    • GPO, WSUS, logon scripts, manual, client push, OSD task sequence, monitoring client health
  • Manage mobile devices
    • Enrolling mobile devices, Exchange Connector, AMT enrollment point (out-of-band management), and wiping mobile devices
  • Manage client agent settings
    • Desired configuration settings, mobile device client agent, NAP client agent, configuring power management, configuring remote control agent, hardware inventory agent, software inventory agent, software metering agent, advertised programs agent, computer agent

Preparation resources

Manage inventory (10–15%)
  • Manage hardware inventory
    • Configuring MOF, export and import settings, enabling or disabling WMI classes, extending hardware inventory to other client assets, WMI or registry reporting
  • Manage software inventory
    • Standardized vendor name, list of tracked inventory, report inventory data, asset intelligence, software metering (enable or disable rules, report software metering results)
  • Monitor inventory data flow
    • Client-to-site, site-to-site

Preparation resources

Manage reports and queries (10–15%)
  • Build queries
    • Console queries, WQL, sub-selects
  • Create reports
    • Cloning and modifying reports, creating custom reports, import and export reports
  • Manage SSRS
    • Configuring security, configuring caching, configuring subscriptions

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

This exam is designed for candidates that have System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Windows Server, security, and networking experience in an enterprise environment. Candidates should also have basic Microsoft SQL Server and Windows PowerShell knowledge, mobile device management, and application configuration experience. These candidates may be the System Center Configuration Manager Administrator, Active Directory Administrator, Exchange Administrator, Windows Server Administrator, or Enterprise Desktop Administrator for their organizations.

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