• Published:
    January 23, 2015
  • Languages:
    English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Intune
  • Credit toward certification:

Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune

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Skills measured

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Deploy and manage virtual applications (10–15%)
  • Prepare virtual applications
    • Sequence applications, install and configure the sequencer environment, prepare applications for deployment in different environments, configure virtual application interaction and sharing
  • Manage application virtualization environments
    • Configure App-V, manage application cache, configure System Tray/SFTTray.exe switches, configure application extensions with virtualized applications, configure application settings using group policies
  • Deploy and manage RemoteApp
    • Configure RemoteApp and Desktop Connections settings, configure Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for signed packages, subscribe to the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feeds, support iOS and Android, configure Remote Desktop web access for RemoteApp distribution, configure and deploy Azure RemoteApp
Deploy and manage desktop and mobile applications (15–20%)
  • Plan an application distribution strategy
    • Considerations, including impact on clients due to offline access, deployment infrastructure, and remote locations; choose the appropriate application distribution method; plan to distribute applications to mobile devices, including Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, by using Microsoft Intune; plan to distribute applications to devices including Windows Store Apps
  • Deploy applications using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
    • Choose and configure deployment types, configure user device affinity, configure requirements, manage the software library and application catalog
  • Deploy applications using Microsoft Intune
    • Choose between automatic and manual deployment, configure application deployment policies, add software packages, configure the company portal
  • Plan for application upgrades
    • Considerations, including application version co-existence, compatibility issues, and migrating application settings and configurations; re-sequence/redeploy applications
  • Monitor applications
    • Monitor offline application usage; monitor real-time sessions; monitor application licensing usage; configure Asset Intelligence in Configuration Manager; monitor applications, using Software Center
  • Manage content distribution
    • Manage distribution points, distribution point groups, and Content Library; monitor log files
Plan and implement software updates (15–20%)
  • Plan and deploy third-party updates
    • Plan for third-party support, integrate System Center Updates Publisher with Configuration Manager
  • Deploy software updates by using Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
    • Configure software update point synchronization to Windows Update, use reports and In Console Monitoring to identify required updates, create update groups, create and monitor deployments, analyze log files, configure Automatic Deployment Rules (ADR), provide secondary access to Windows Update, configure GPO settings
  • Servicing Windows using Microsoft Intune and the Windows as a Service Model
    • Use reports and In Console Monitoring to identify required updates, approve or decline updates, configure automatic approval settings, configure deadlines for update installations, deploy Microsoft and non-Microsoft updates, plan for a service branch
Manage compliance and Endpoint Protection settings (15–20%)
  • Build a Configuration Item (CI)
    • Create a CI, import a CI, set CI versioning, remediate rules
  • Create and monitor a baseline
    • Deploy a baseline, import a configuration pack, build a custom baseline
  • Configure Endpoint Protection
    • Create and manage the Endpoint Protection policy; configure definitions within the client policy; export policies; choose which template to use; select exclusions; configure Endpoint Protection, using Microsoft Intune; use In Console Monitoring to monitor client compliance
Manage Configuration Manager clients (15–20%)
  • Deploy and manage the client agent
    • Identify deployment methods, manage client agent settings
  • Manage collections
    • Plan the collection structure; define rules for collections; customize collection-specific settings, including maintenance windows and power management
  • Configure and monitor client status
    • Configure client status settings, use In Console Monitoring to determine client health, configure alert thresholds, configure client health auto-remediation
Manage inventory using Configuration Manager (10–15%)
  • Manage hardware and software inventory
    • Extend hardware inventory WMI classes, export and import WMI class settings, configure standardized vendor names, analyze the identified inventory and generate reports
  • Manage software metering
    • Create software metering rules, enable or disable auto-generated rules, report software metering results
  • Create reports
    • Clone and modify reports, create custom reports, import and export reports, manage asset intelligence, install the asset intelligence sync point, enable the WMI classes, modify categories and labels, analyze reports
Provision and manage mobile devices (10–15%)
  • Integrate Configuration Manager with the Exchange ActiveSync Connector
    • Configure and apply ActiveSync policies, view inventory on mobile devices, configure connection to an on-premises or Hosted Exchange server environment, monitor the Exchange connector log file
  • Manage devices with Microsoft Intune
    • Provision user accounts, enroll devices, integrate Microsoft Intune with Configuration Manager, view and manage all managed devices, configure the Microsoft Intune subscriptions, configure the Microsoft Intune connector site system role, manage profiles and conditional access by using Microsoft Intune
  • Manage connection profiles, by using Configuration Manager
    • Configure Remote Desktop profiles, certificate profiles, email profiles, and Wi-Fi profiles

Who should take this exam?

This exam is intended for IT professionals who manage and maintain PCs, devices, and applications across midsized to large enterprise organizations. A significant portion of this audience uses or intends to use System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to manage and deploy PCs, devices, and applications. The Enterprise Desktop Administrator also supports either domain joined or non-domain joined Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios, mobile device management, and secure data access on common platforms, such as Windows 8.x, Windows Phone 8.x, iOS, and Android.

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