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Using Configuration Manager 2007 to
Perform Your Most Common and
Critical Desktop Management Tasks

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager comprehensively assesses, deploys, and updates servers, client computers, and devices – across physical, virtual, distributed and mobile environments. This course will take IT implementers down the path of understanding how Configuration Manager 2007 can be used to perform common tasks such as Operating System deployment, software distribution and update, asset tracking and intelligence, client health reporting and management, security, and network access protection.

Learning Resources

Published on: March 23, 2010

Step 1

Operating System Deployment

Learn how System Center Configuration Manager 2007 provides control over the operating system for the enterprise. With an architecture that allows for granular control over deployment, Configuration Manager 2007 can help you get the right desktop image, applications, and configuration to the right hardware.

Step 2

Software Distribution

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 adds fantastic new features to the familiar software distribution capabilities from Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003. In this learning track, we cover support for Wake on LAN, new bandwidth-sensitive package distribution options, and all the new options for advertising and running applications. Learn about these great new features, and see them in action so you can help your customers make the most out of Configuration Manager 2007.

Step 3

Software Updates

In this learning track, we highlight and demonstrate key software update management improvements, including: deep integration with Windows Server Update Services; using a policy-based infrastructure to deploy software updates; better performance on clients; managing non-Microsoft software updates with the System Center Update Publisher tool; and simplifying the administrative experience of managing updates.

Step 4

Asset Intelligence

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 collects asset information that can be used for license and asset management reports. In this learning track we explain the asset management reporting that comes out of the box in Configuration Manager 2007 R2, we describe what Configuration Manager reports can be built with customizations, and we tell you about partner add-ons for reporting that are available.

Step 5

Client Health

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) client health concepts and solutions are presented in the context of a 300,000 client environment. Learn about the level of detailed analysis available and effective strategies.

Step 6

SQL Reporting Services in Configuration Manager

The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 SQL Reporting Services feature provides a set of tools and resources that help you use the advanced reporting capabilities of SQL Reporting services from the Configuration Manager console. The topics in this section provide detailed information about planning, configuring, and troubleshooting SQL Reporting Services in Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

Step 7

Desired Configuration Management

Did you ever need to know when something changed in your IT environment and the effect that change had on the operations of the environment? Learn about key concepts and capabilities of Desired Configuration Management, and explore setting up Systems Center Configuration Manager to provide baseline monitoring for a few key applications.

Step 8

Internet-based Client Management

Internet-based client management allows you to manage Configuration Manager 2007 clients when they are not connected to your company network but have a standard Internet connection. This arrangement has a number of advantages, including the reduced costs of not having to run virtual private networks (VPNs) and being able to deploy software updates in a more timely manner.

Step 9

Network Access Protection

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 introduces new levels of security, enabling new and improved ways of managing clients both inside the corporate network, and in mobile scenarios. In this learning track, we take a deep dive into the best practice guidance to integrate Configuration Manager 2007 and Windows Server 2008 Network Access Protection implementation.

Step 10

Security and Compliance

Security for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 consists of several layers. In this section you will learn how to configure security, compliance and privacy within Configuration Manager 2007.