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MS-20703-1 - Administering System Center Configuration Manager

This five-day course describes how to use Configuration Manager and its associated site systems to efficiently manage network resources. In this five-day course, you will learn day-to-day management tasks, including how to manage applications, client health, hardware and software inventory, operating system deployment, and software updates by using Configuration Manager. You also will learn how to optimize System Center Endpoint Protection, manage compliance, and create management queries and reports. Additionally, this course, in conjunction with Microsoft Official Course 20703-2A, helps certification candidates prepare for Exam 70-703: Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Cloud Services Integration.

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Prerequisites


Networking fundamentals, including common networking protocols, topologies, hardware, media, routing, switching, and addressing.
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management.
  • Installation, configuration, and troubleshooting for Windows-based personal computers.
  • Basic concepts of public key infrastructure (PKI) security.
  • Basic understanding of scripting and Windows PowerShell syntax.
  • Basic understanding of Windows Server roles and services.
  • Basic understanding of the configuration options for iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile device platforms.

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses or by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through hands-on activities:
  • Course 20697-1: Installing and Configuring Windows 10
  • Course 20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services
  • Course 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012

Detailed Class Syllabus


Module 1: Managing computers and mobile devices in the enterprise


Overview of systems management by using enterprise management solutions
Overview of the Configuration Manager architecture
Overview of the Configuration Manager administrative tools
Tools for monitoring and troubleshooting a Configuration Manager site

Module 2: Analyzing data using queries and reports


Introduction to queries
Configuring Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

Module 3: Preparing the management infrastructure to support PCs and mobile devices


Configuring site boundaries and boundary groups
Configuring resource discovery
Configuring the Exchange Server Connector for mobile device management
Configuring user and device collections

Module 4: Deploying and managing clients


Overview of the Configuration Manager client
Deploying the Configuration Manager client
Configuring and monitoring client status
Managing client settings in Configuration Manager

Module 5: Managing inventory for PCs and applications


Overview of inventory collection
Configuring hardware and software inventory
Managing inventory collection
Configuring software metering
Configuring and managing Asset Intelligence

Module 6: Distributing and managing content used for deployments


Preparing the infrastructure for content management
Distributing and managing content on distribution points

Module 7: Deploying and managing applications


Overview of application management
Creating applications
Deploying applications
Managing applications
Deploying virtual applications by using System Center Configuration Manager (Optional)
Deploying and managing Windows Store apps

Module 8: Maintaining software updates for managed PCs


The software updates process
Preparing a Configuration Manager site for software updates
Managing software updates
Configuring automatic deployment rules
Monitoring and troubleshooting software updates

Module 9: Implementing Endpoint Protection for managed PCs


Overview of Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
Configuring, deploying, and monitoring Endpoint Protection policies

Module 10: Managing compliance and secure data access


Overview of Compliance Settings
Configuring compliance settings
Viewing compliance results
Managing resource and data access

Module 11: Managing operating system deployment


An overview of operating system deployment
Preparing a site for operating system deployment
Deploying an operating system
Managing Windows as a service

Module 12: Managing and maintaining a Configuration Manager site


Configuring role-based administration
Configuring Remote Tools
Overview of Configuration Manager site maintenance
Backing up and recovering a Configuration Manager site