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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Unleashed: Supplement to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Unleashed

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Unleashed: Supplement to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Unleashed

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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-384720-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-384720-8

Since Microsoft introduced System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, it has released two sets of important changes and improvements: Service Pack 1 and R2. This comprehensive reference and technical guide focuses specifically on those enhancements. It offers 300+ pages of all-new “in the trenches” guidance for applying Configuration Manager 2012’s newest features to improve user and IT productivity across all corporate, consumer, and mobile devices.

An authoring team of world-class System Center consultants thoroughly cover System Center integration with Microsoft Intune and its mobile device management capabilities. They fully address Microsoft’s increased support for cross-platform devices, enhanced profiles, changes to application management, operating system deployment, as well as improvements to performance, security, usability, and mobile device management.

The essential follow-up to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Unleashed, this new supplement joins Sams’ market-leading series of books on Microsoft System Center.

• Use ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with Windows Intune to deliver people-centric management to any user, any device, anywhere
• Simplify BYOD registration and enrollment, and enable consistent access to corporate resources
• Integrate new mobile device management capabilities into the Configuration Manager console without service packs, hot fixes, or major releases
• Provision authentication certificates for managed devices via certificate profiles
• Automate repetitive software- and device-related tasks with PowerShell cmdlets
• Centrally control roaming profiles, certificates, Wi-Fi profiles, and VPN configuration
• Configure User Data and Profiles to manage folder redirection, offline files/folders, and roaming profiles for Windows 8.x users
• Enable users to access data in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments
• Manage devices running OS X, UNIX, Linux, Windows Phone 8, WinRT, iOS, and Android
• Understand the new cross-platform agent introduced in ConfigMgr 2012 R2
• Automate Windows setup with OSD
• Prepare for, configure, install, and verify successful installation of the Windows Intune connector role
• Respond to emerging challenges in mobile device management

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Foreword     x
Introduction     1

Chapter 1   People-Centric IT     5
Microsoft’s People-Centric IT Philosophy     6
   Enabling Users for People-Centric IT     7
   Unifying Your Environment for People-Centric IT     8
   Protecting Your Data in a People-Centric IT World      9
People-Centric IT and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with Windows Intune      9
   Enabling Users with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Windows Intune     10
   Unifying Your Environment with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Windows Intune     12
   Protecting Your Data with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Windows Intune     13
People-Centric IT and Windows Server 2012 R2     14
   Enabling Users with Windows Server 2012 R2     14
   Unifying Your Environment with Windows Server 2012 R2     16
   Protecting Your Data with Windows Server 2012 R2     16
People-Centric IT and Microsoft Azure Active Directory     17
Summary     18
Chapter 2   What’s Changed Since Configuration Manager 2012 RTM     19
Administration Changes     19
   Configuring Database Replication     20
   Configuring Internet Proxy Server on Each Site System     24
   Windows Intune Integration and Extensions for Windows Intune     25
   Software Update Points     25
   Certificate Profiles     27
   Client Settings     27
   Security     28
   Distribution Points (DPs)     28
   Automatic Client Upgrade     31
   Network Access Accounts     32
   PowerShell Support     32
Assets and Compliance     34
   Collections     34
   Compliance Settings     37
Software Library     38
   Application Management     38
   Software Updates     39
   Operating System Deployment     41
Monitoring Changes     42
   Alerts     43
   Reporting     43
   Distribution Status     43
   Deployment Status     44
   Client Operations     44
Other Improvements     44
   Setup and Recovery     45
   Client and Client Experience     48
Summary     58

Chapter 3   User Data and Profiles     61

User Data and Profiles Overview     61
User Data and Profiles Prerequisites     62
Configuring User Data and Profiles     64
   Using Folder Redirection     64
   Using Offline Files     67
   Using Roaming User Profiles     70
   Roaming Profiles, Folder Redirection, and Offline Files in a Mash-Up     74
Deploying User Data and Profiles Configuration Items     75
Reporting User Data and Profiles Compliance     76
Summary     76
Chapter 4   New Application Deployment Types     77
Application Overview     77
   Definition of an Application     77
   Defining Deployment Types     78
What’s New for Applications Since ConfigMgr 2012 RTM     78
Support for Write Filters in Windows Embedded     79
Working with Virtual Applications     81
   Creating a Microsoft Application Virtualization 5 Deployment Type     82
   Using App-V Virtual Environments     83
   Creating an App-V Virtual Environment     84
Deploying Applications to Mobile Devices     85
   Creating Application Store Deployment Types     86
   Sideloading Applications     93
   Using VPN Profiles in Your Applications     104
Deploying Software to OS X, Linux, and UNIX Platforms     105
   Deploying Applications to Apple OS X Computers     105
   Deploying Software to Linux and UNIX     108
Deploying Web Applications     111
Best Practices for Working with Applications     112
   Best Practices for Installing Software     112
   Best Practices for Working with Applications in Task Sequences     115
Summary     116
Chapter 5   On-Premise Cross-Platform Support     117
Supported Platforms     117
   Cross-Platform Agent Architecture     119
   Cross-Platform Agent Communication     120
   Client Agent Settings     120
Cross-Platform Settings     121
   Linux/UNIX Requirements     121
   OS X Requirements     121
   Firewall Ports     125
   Downloading Client Agents     126
Cross-Platform Agent Deployment     126
   Deploying the Linux/UNIX Client     127
   Deploying the OS X Client     129
   Uninstalling or Reinstalling Linux/UNIX     132
   Uninstalling OS X     134
Cross-Platform Agent Components     134
   Settings Management     134
   Software Inventory     135
   Hardware Inventory     136
Client Agent Commands     143
Troubleshooting with Log Files     143
   Linux/UNIX Log Files     143
   Verbose Logs     144
   OS X Log Files     144
Summary     145
Chapter 6   What’s New in Operating System Deployment     147
The Alphabet Soup of Prerequisites     148
   Operating System Version Support     149
   Boot Images     151
Windows Setup Support Change     155
Deployment Control     160
Deployment Monitoring     164
New Task Types     166
New Built-In Task Sequence Variables     175
UEFI Support     176
Virtual Hard Disks and Windows To Go     180
   Deploying to and Maintaining VHDs     180
   Deploying WTG Media     183
Other Improvements     185
   Offline Servicing     185
   Driver Package Export and Import     186
   Unknown Computer Cleanup     187
   Prestaged Media     188
   Content Prestaging     189
   Task Sequence Size Ceiling     190
Troubleshooting Hints and Tips     190
   Reviewing SMSTS.log     191
   Using SMSPXE.log     191
   SMSTSErrorDialogTimeout     192
   Power Scheme     193
   Pausing a Task Sequence     193
   Windows 8.1 Wireless Network Prompt     195
Summary     . 196

Chapter 7   Using the Intune Connector     199

Getting Started with the Intune Connector     199
Synchronizing AD with Microsoft Azure AD     200
   Creating a Windows Intune Instance and Azure AD Namespace     200
   Installing the Directory Synchronization Tool     204
MDM Prerequisites     209
   Managing Windows 8.1 Devices     210
   Managing Windows Phone 8.x Devices     212
   Managing iOS Devices     215
Installing the Windows Intune Subscription and Connector     220
   Creating the Intune Subscription     220
   Adding the Windows Intune Connector Site System Role     231
   Confirming the Installation of the Subscription and Connecter Role     232
   Removing or Overriding an Existing Intune Subscription     236
Receiving Feature Updates Using the Extensions for Windows Intune     238
Summary     241
Chapter 8   Mobile Device Management in Configuration Manager 2012 R2     243
Understanding Mobile Device Management Challenges     244
Prerequisites of Mobile Device Management     246
Enrolling Mobile Devices     248
   Enrolling Windows Phone 8 Devices     249
   Enrolling Windows 8.1 Devices     251
   Enrolling iOS Devices     252
   Enrolling Android Devices     254
Inventorying Mobile Devices     254
   Available Discovery and Inventory Data     255
   Personal Versus Company-Owned Devices     259
Managing Mobile Device Settings     259
   Configuration Items for Mobile Devices     260
   Creating Custom Configuration Items for Mobile Devices     267
   Remote Connection Profiles     267
   Company Resource Access     271
Deploying Applications to Mobile Devices     281
   Defining Application Information     282
   Using the Company Portal     285
Retiring/Wiping Mobile Devices     288
Troubleshooting     290
   Log Files on Site Server     291
   Log File on iOS Devices     291
   Log File on Windows Phone 8.x Devices     291
   Log File on Android Devices     291
   Troubleshooting Windows 8.1 OMA-DM Devices     293
Summary     293

Appendix A   About Windows Intune     297
Introduction to Windows Intune     297
   Intune Comes Into Focus     298
   Microsoft Strategic Direction Announcement     299
Mobile Device Management Features     300
   Device Management     301
   Device Inventory     301
   Policy Settings Management     303
   Application Distribution and the Windows Intune Company Portal     303
   Device Retirement and Remote Wipe     310
Windows Intune Licensing and Supported Architectures     311
   Unified Architecture     311
   Cloud-Only Architecture     312
The Windows Intune Connector and Subscription     314
Appendix B   Reference URLs     315
General Resources     315
Microsoft’s Configuration Manager Resources     322
Other Configuration Manager Resources     327
Blogs     331
Public Forums     332
Utilities     333
Appendix C   Available Online     335
Setting SMSTSPreferredAdvertID     335
Creating an OfflineImageServicing Folder     335
Viewing the Current Drive Letter Set     336
Pausing a Task Sequence     336
Live Links     336
Index     337


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