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Administering SCCM Current Branch and Microsoft Intune Integration (70-703)

Author: Greg Shields

This learning path covers the design, installation, configuration, and management tasks associated with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch. The seven... Read more

Administering SCCM Current Branch and Microsoft Intune Integration (70-703)

This learning path covers the design, installation, configuration, and management tasks associated with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch. The seven courses in this learning path discuss the topics and tasks associated with deploying a production-ready SCCM environment. These courses are further designed to assist in preparing for the Microsoft 70-703 exam.

SCCM Current Branch: Introduction

by Greg Shields

Aug 3, 2018 / 58m

58m

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Description

Whether you're new to Configuration Manager, or have worked with its many versions, you're surely aware of how complex a beast any SCCM implementation can be. The reach of this solution is so broad, and also so deep, that you almost have to know everything about SCCM to truly appreciate anything about it. Complicating the job of understanding SCCM is that most of the learning available today tends to focus on installing SCCM, but there's precious little that helps you understand how to actually use it once in production. Helping you understand both SCCM's installation and its everyday usage is the mission of this learning path. This course is the first of seven. In this course, SCCM Current Branch: Introduction, you'll get an introduction to SCCM "Current Branch" which is a fancy term for "whatever SCCM version is current, currently". First, you'll start with a high-level overview. Next, you'll explore the very subtle alignment between the content in these courses and what you'll need to know for the 70-703 Microsoft certification exam. Finally, by the end of this course, you'll get to know the virtual machines you'll want to build if you plan on following along.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction25m
  3. Build Your Lab Environment30m

SCCM Current Branch: Install, Configure, and Maintain a Primary Site

by Greg Shields

Aug 3, 2018 / 3h 57m

3h 57m

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This is the second course of seven. In this course, SCCM Current Branch: Install, Configure, and Maintain a Primary Site, you will walk through the design, installation, and initial configuration of a System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch primary site. First, you will walk through some of the design considerations you should know before you ever start inserting DVD ISOs into disk drives. Next, you will step through the installation of your first primary site server, including the broad array of sometimes-confusing initial configurations that every site server requires during it's next, next, finish the installation. Then, you will explore how to configure support for clients and devices, as well as prepare for content and OS distribution. Finally, you will get to know administrator permissions delegation so that you can protect your assets from the wrong administrators doing potentially hazardous things. By the end of this course, you'll understand the everyday care and feeding of a primary site in production, maintaining and protecting that site as it services its clients.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction5m
  3. Design an SCCM Infrastructure36m
  4. Install an SCCM Primary Site41m
  5. Configure Support for Clients and Devices46m
  6. Prepare Content Distribution and Operating System Deployment44m
  7. Delegate SCCM Permissions19m
  8. Maintain an SCCM Primary Site40m

SCCM Current Branch: Deploy Clients and Manage Inventory

by Greg Shields

Aug 3, 2018 / 3h 15m

3h 15m

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With a primary site and site server now installed, we turn our attention in this course to the clients. While Configuration Manager is a great solution for deploying software, there's, as you might imagine, a bit of bootstrapping that's necessary to get client agents installed and clients to begin communicating. SCCM supports at least six different ways to deploy client software, as well as innumerable ways to customize client behaviors once installed. In this course, SCCM Current Branch: Deploy Clients and Manage Inventory, you'll walk through four of the six major client deployment options. First, you'll explore how to successfully automate your deployments. Next, you'll explore client hardware and software inventory, arguably the foundation of every other feature that SCCM has to offer. Finally, you'll dig deeper than you'll probably find anywhere else into the art of creating good queries and collections, including a few nifty tricks that use SQL views to visually cheat the otherwise-opaque collection creation process. By this end of this course, you'll translate what you've learned in building queries and collections into generating custom reports, giving you the tools to visualize what's really going on in and around your managed desktops.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction3m
  3. Deploy the SCCM Client57m
  4. Manage Inventory Collection37m
  5. Explore SCCM Queries and Collections1h 4m
  6. Explore SCCM Reports29m

SCCM Current Branch: Deploy and Manage Applications

by Greg Shields

Sep 24, 2018 / 3h 52m

3h 52m

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Getting SCCM clients installed on systems begins the process of gathering hardware and software information, but it's actually doing things with those clients that's inarguably where SCCM's value lies. And yet while you're surely familiar with the traditional Next, Next, Finish for EXE- and MSI-based installations, you might be surprised to discover just how many application install types Configuration Manager supports. In this fourth course out of seven, you'll begin by exploring the packaging and sometimes repackaging process for software, diving deep into several different approaches for "silencing" software in preparation for SCCM deployment. Next, with a quiver of new software packages then prepared, you'll explore the deployment of EXE and MSI installs that are likely to be your most-common use case. They are, however, not the only application types that SCCM can deploy. Then, you'll discover deploying App-V virtual applications as well as Microsoft Store and Microsoft Store for Business apps. By the end of this course, you'll see the not-terribly-difficult steps necessary to customize and deploy Office 365.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction3m
  3. Package Software for Deployment59m
  4. Deploy MSI and EXE Applications1h 31m
  5. Deploy App-V Virtual Applications and Microsoft Store Applications55m
  6. Deploy Office 36519m

SCCM Current Branch: Deploy and Maintain Operating Systems

by Greg Shields

Oct 29, 2018 / 4h 15m

4h 15m

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You've deployed applications onto our SCCM clients. You've even launched a handful of scripts across the machines in a collection. It's time you drop one level deeper into the stack and begin to maintain and deploy the operating system itself. In this fifth course out of seven, SCCM Current Branch: Deploy and Maintain Operating Systems, you'll begin with the OS deployment task, walking through the many different steps that are required to refresh old machines and bare-metal deploy brand new ones. Then, once deployed, you'll explore Windows updates and how SCCM wraps around Windows Server Update Services to bring fine-grained control to when and which updates get delivered. Next, you'll explore OS upgrades, focusing on the unique task of getting existing machines from one Windows 10 version to another. Finally, you'll dig into SCCM's compliance features, a complex-yet-powerful tool to maintain configuration baselines on managed machines. By the end of this course, you'll integrate Endpoint Protection, consolidating your Windows Defender configurations and reporting into the SCCM console.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction4m
  3. Deploy Operating Systems1h 49m
  4. Deploy Software Updates42m
  5. Deploy Operating System Upgrades37m
  6. Maintain Compliance41m
  7. Configure Endpoint Protection18m

SCCM Current Branch: Support Internet-based Clients and On-premises MDM

by Greg Shields

Nov 8, 2018 / 2h 11m

2h 11m

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With applications, compliance settings, configuration settings under control, and even the deployment of wholesale desktops firmly within your grasp, it's time you started looking beyond the local area network towards those other machines, and how to extend the reach of Configuration Manager out onto the Internet. In this course, SCCM Current Branch: Support Internet-based Clients and On-premises MDM, you'll explore the many different options Configuration Manager now supports for extending its influence beyond the brick-and-mortar. First, you'll learn about the Internet-based Client Management configuration and other approaches that use Microsoft Azure to simplify the implementation. Next, you'll delve into the on-premises Mobile Device Management (MDM) and work through its installation and use to see where it fits. Lastly, you'll discover how to implement a Cloud Management Gateway and Cloud Distribution Points to get a feel for one of the more "modern" approaches to Windows and device management that leans on Azure cloud services for its functionality. By the end of this course, you'll have the fundamental knowledge to determine if these or the full Microsoft Intune stack are what you need for your requirements.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction6m
  3. Explore Management of Internet-based Clients47m
  4. Implement On-premises MDM37m
  5. Implement a Cloud Management Gateway and Cloud Distribution Points37m

SCCM Current Branch: Support Intune and Co-management

by Greg Shields

Nov 19, 2018 / 2h 2m

2h 2m

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Our learning path's long journey through SCCM ends in this course through its integration with Microsoft Intune. In this course, SCCM Current Branch: Support Intune and Co-management, we explore the SCCM and Intune Co-management configuration, as well as the everyday tasks in managing desktops via Microsoft's "modern" approach. In this final course out of seven, you'll experience the important differences between SCCM's traditional approach to desktop management and how Intune focuses on more of a light touch. First, you'll begin by enabling the co-management configuration and determining which of SCCM's workloads should be shifted wholesale over to Intune's control. Then, you'll enroll a series of Windows 10 desktops via both automated and manual enrollment. Next, you'll manage a few device configurations and even deploy a few applications via the Intune console. Finally, you'll walk through a simple, but powerful use case in applying device compliance and conditional access policies to restrict user access to company data when devices go noncompliant. By the end of this course, you'll be prepared to start your journey in shifting certain desktop workloads to Microsoft Intune in the cloud.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction6m
  3. Enable Co-management and Enroll Devices51m
  4. Manage Device Configurations and Deploy Applications46m
  5. Enforce Device Compliance and Enable Conditional Access14m

What you will learn

  • Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining a Primary Site
  • Deploying Clients and Managing Inventory
  • Deploying and Managing Applications
  • Deploying and Maintaining Operating Systems
  • Supporting Internet-based Clients and On-Premises MDM
  • Supporting Intune Hybrid MDM and Co-Management

Pre-requisites

The following courses are a good precursor for this content:

  • Installing Windows Server 2016
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 DNS
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 DHCP
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Connectivity and Remote Access
  • Implementing and Securing Windows Server 2016 Core Networking
  • Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016
  • Group Policy Fundamentals
  • Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2016