System Center Configuration Manager 2019 (SCCM), System Center Configuration Manager 2016 (SCCM)
What is SCCM?
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a Windows product that enables administrators to manage the deployment and security of devices and applications across an enterprise. Administrators also commonly use SCCM for endpoint protection. SCCM is part of the Microsoft System Center systems management suite.
Core features of Microsoft SCCM:
Some core features in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager include:
Windows management- To keep pace with updates to Windows 10.
Endpoint protection- To provide identification and malware protection.
Reporting- To present information on users, hardware, software, applications and software updates.
Operating system (OS) deployment- To distribute operating systems to devices in an enterprise.
Software update management- Which allows users administrators to deliver and manage updates to devices across an enterprise.
Application delivery- Which allows administrators to deliver an application to all devices across an enterprise.
Health monitoring- Which shows client health and activities in the console, and can alert users if health statistics decrease past a specified level.
The exact steps for building an IT lab at home so you can fully learn and experiment with SCCM while you’re taking the course (a must for developing true hands-on experience)
Specific recommendations for implementing SCCM in a production environment, regardless if you’re doing a small single-site or a large-scale, globally distributed deployment
How to install and configure SCCM from the ground up, including downloading and installing SCCM, SQL, and all of the necessary server roles and schema
How to Install SQL Server 2017 for SCCM 2019.
How to use the Configuration Manager Console, including managing users, creating boundary groups, and user discovery methods
How to create and push out applications to the Windows PCs on your network to the appropriate users (plus how to monitor whether it’s progress and any errors that pop up)
Use Configuration Manager to help you with the following systems management activities:
Increase IT productivity and efficiency by reducing manual tasks and letting you focus on high-value projects.
Maximize hardware and software investments.
Empower user productivity by providing the right software at the right time.
Configuration Manager helps you deliver more effective IT services by enabling:
Secure and scalable deployment of applications, software updates, and operating systems.
Real-time actions on managed devices.
Cloud-powered analytics and management for on-premises and internet-based devices.
Compliance settings management.
Comprehensive management of servers, desktops, and laptops.
Configuration Manager extends and works alongside many Microsoft technologies and solutions. For example, Configuration Manager integrates with:
Microsoft Intune to co-manage a wide variety of mobile device platforms
Microsoft Azure to host cloud services to extend your management services
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to manage software updates
Exchange Server and Exchange Online
Windows Automated Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) and the User State Migration Tool (USMT)
Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
Configuration Manager also uses:
Active Directory Domain Services and Azure Active Directory for security, service location, configuration, and to discover the users and devices that you want to manage.
Microsoft SQL Server as a distributed change management database—and integrates with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to produce reports to monitor and track management activities.
Site system roles that extend management functionality and use the web services of Internet Information Services (IIS).
Delivery Optimization, Windows Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT), Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), BranchCache, and other peer caching technologies to help manage content on your networks and between devices.
Configuration Manager is a powerful management application, with the potential to affect every computer in your organization. When you deploy and manage Configuration Manager with careful planning and consideration of your business requirements, Configuration Manager can reduce your administrative overhead and total cost of ownership
Software Center is an application that’s installed when you install the Configuration Manager client on a Windows device. Users use Software Center to request and install software that you deploy.
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