Introducing System Center Configuration Manager
System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is the flagship systems management product from Microsoft that provides a comprehensive management solution for computer systems. It provides patch management, OS deployment, remote control, endpoint protection, and many other services.
This is the first of two courses in the series, providing beginner-level tutorial videos on ConfigMgr. They will get you started with this powerful solution and eventually enable you to effectively manage your resources. We’ll teach you how to install and configure ConfigMgr, manage your devices, deploy operating systems in the enterprise, deploy and manage applications.
You’ll discover how to perform patch management, adhere to compliance, protect your infrastructure, and much more. By the end of this series, you will be able to provide effective IT services to your organization by enabling secure software deployment, quickly applying software patches and updates, rebuilding a system that has been compromised, and keeping your systems compliant.
In this course we start with an introduction to ConfigMgr and show you how to design, install and upgrade the product. Then we discuss preliminary configuration of the solution, including discovery and boundaries, client installation, collections, compliance, hardware and software inventory, role-based administration, backup, recovery and site maintenance.
Watch out for the second video course in the series – “Implementing Configuration Manager features”. This course will include software distribution, software updates, operating system deployment, endpoint protection and mobile device management.
About the Author
Gerry Hampson is an author, blogger and speaker. He is a senior consultant engineer with over twenty years of experience as an IT professional. He has worked for Ergo Group, based in Dublin, Ireland, for 12 years. Gerry specializes in designing and deploying Microsoft solutions, with a particular interest in System Center Configuration Manager and Intune. He was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Enterprise Client Management for 2015.
Gerry has a popular blog where he shares tips with the enterprise client management community.
Gerry lives in a small village in Ireland with his wife Úna.
Planning the Configuration Manager Environment
This video will an overview of the entire course.
This video is a Configuration Manager overview. You will get a basic understanding of what the product is about.
In this video, you will learn about Configuration Manager sites and hierarchies. We will also discuss site servers and roles and how the Configuration Manager environment can be integrated into Active Directory.
Installing Configuration Manager
In this video, you will learn about the various configurations that must be carried out before Configuration Manager can be installed.
In this video, you will learn how to install Configuration Manager Current Branch 1606 and create a site. You will also learn how to verify the installation.
In this video, you will learn how to upgrade Configuration Manager sites using the Easy Setup process. These upgrades are carried out in-console.
Getting Started with Configuration Manager
In this video, you will learn about the ConfigMgr console. You will see some of the components that make up the console. Finally, you will learn how to install a remote console.
In this video, you will explore how PowerShell can be used to manage Configuration Manager sites. You will learn some PowerShell basics and how to connect to a ConfigMgr site using PowerShell. You will also get an introduction to some common PowerShell cmdlets for ConfigMgr.
In this video, youwill start to configure the Configuration Manager site. You willlearn about the various discovery methods and see how to enable Active Directory System and Active Directory User Discoveries. You willalso learn about the various boundary types and see how and why youare added to boundary groups.
In this video, you will learn about the Configuration Manager client agent and how to configure some of the many client settings. We will also discuss the various methods in which the agent can be installed and monitored afterwards.
In this video, you will learn about Configuration Manager collections. We will discuss how collections can be created using membership rules and also look at some considerations for updating collections.
In this video, you will learn about Configuration Manager compliance. You will see how to implement compliance settings using configuration items and baselines and discover what devices can be managed in this way. You will also learn how to use ConfigMgr reports to track compliance.
In this video, you learn about hardware and software inventory with ConfigMgr. You willsee how to configure, extend and view hardware inventory before discussing software inventory and what that actually means.
Security and Role-Based Administration (RBA)
In this video, you learn some important security concepts. You will learn about the security issues to consider when implementing ConfigMgr. Youwill also see how ConfigMgr is actually used to manage security features in the environment.
In this video, you learn about role-based administration in Configuration Manager.
In this video, you learn about additional ways to secure administrative access to ConfigMgr, including access to Active Directory and the site database. You will also see methods of securing the ConfigMgr infrastructure.
Configuration Manager Reporting and Site Maintenance
In this video, you will learn how to implement reporting in ConfigMgr. Youwill see how reporting is based on SQL Server Reporting Services and requires the addition of the Reporting Services Point. You will also see how reports can be viewed and customized before discussing how to create report subscriptions.
In this video, you learn about backup and recovery procedures, which are the vital components in a disaster recovery plan. You will also learn about ConfigMgr site maintenance and monitoring.