Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Paperback – May 1 2012
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From the Back Cover
An Expert, Hands-on Guide to ConfigMgr 2012
If you're responsible for Microsoft's new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), you'll want this detailed guide on hand. It offers intermediate and advanced coverage of the topics you need most—planning and installation, migrating from ConfigMgr 2007, deploying, setting up security, monitoring and troubleshooting, and automating and customizing ConfigMgr 2012 with scripts. Hands-on exercises and practical advice from the expert author team bring real-world scenarios into sharp focus, helping you master skills you can put to use right away.
Developing a plan for configuration and deployment
Asking the right questions to make sure you cover all the bases
Getting up to speed on a new hierarchy, console, and security
Migrating, installing, and site role configuration
Converting legacy packages to the new Application Model
Distributing, deploying, and updating software
Reporting, compliance settings, and inventory
Securing your devices with Endpoint Protection
Managing non-Windows mobile devices and virtual machines
Troubleshooting and setting up disaster recovery
Master Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Plan, Install, Deploy, Monitor, and Troubleshoot an Installation
Roll Out Patches and Updates and Manage Inventory
Meet the Needs of the PC Configuration Lifecycle Management (PCCLM) Market
Learn in the Context of Real-World Scenarios and Tasks
About the Author
Steve Rachui, Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, has supported System Center products at Microsoft for 13 years, working with Systems Management Server/System Center Configuration Manager since version 1.2. Steve blogs at blogs.msdn.com/steverac.
Kent Agerlund is Senior IT Consultant, Trainer, and Cofounder of System Center User Group in Denmark. He is also an MVP for ConfigMgr and has been working with it since SMS version 1.2. Kent blogs at blog.coretech.dk/kea.
Santos Martinez, Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, has been working with ConfigMgr since it was known as SMS. Before joining Microsoft, he was also awarded an MVP for ConfigMgr two years in a row and has been a SQL Server MVP four times. Santos blogs at blogs.technet.com/smartinez.
Peter Daalmans, MCTS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuration, is a Senior Technical Consultant at IT-Concern, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the Netherlands. He is also part of the Community Evaluation Program for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, evaluating early versions of the product since 2010. Peter blogs at systemcenterblog.nl.
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As a System Center engineer for the last 5 years, I've found this book to be invaluable in planning our CM7 to CM12 migration. It lists the gotchas. It details the differences between the two versions because...it needs to. The hierarchy model has changed. Application delivery has changed. FEP integration has changed. How you assign DPs and create Boundaries have both changed drastically. And unlike SMS to CM7, you can't just run the CM12 installer to run your migration.
This book will guide you through all that drama.
After ConfigMgr 2007's release nearly 5 years ago, I was disappointed by the quality of the first two CM7 text books. It wasn't until ConfigMgr 2007 Unleashed that they finally got it right. But here, an extremely useful and cogent text book was released right from the get-go. You can tell that Steve, Kent and the rest of the authors have been involved with CM12 for quite some time.
Way to go guys. Thanks a ton. Seriously.
I will agree that it's not super in-depth. Very critical procedures are barely scratched upon - for example, building collections. That's something that can make or break your infrastructure, and it is barely covered. They even mention making these custom collections in their 'real world' scenarios, but did it ever show me how to make an All Servers collection, or an All Laptops collection, short of just making it manually?
I think this is great start, especially for people like me that dove right into Config Manager 2012 and were quickly lost and/or confused. Is it a definitive reference? Nope.
This book is great, and a lot more help than I thought it would be! The information is helpful and very descriptive. I guess I fell/fall into the noob category here, and it has been quite a blessing for me. It's worth the $30 if you plan on making SCCM 2012 a part of your organization.
Other reviewers have complained that it is not as detailed as the product documentation on TechNet. While this is true, the book is not meant to be documentation but instead a tool for learning about SCCM. The book builds intermediate and advanced skills using outstanding real-world examples from some of the most experienced SCCM professionals on the planet.
Even though I've worked with SCCM 2007 and then 2012 every day for the past 5 years, I still find lots of good nuggets of information in this book. These guys know what they are doing.