Join David M. Franklyn for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Essential Training.
- [Instructor] What you should know before watching this course. While it covers essentials, this isn't a beginner's course on Configuration Manager. If you're not familiar with the basics of Configuration Manger, I recommend watching the course, Learn System Center Configuration Manager, the Basics, found in our library. To show you how to use Configuration Manager in a multiple site hierarchy, I'll be using Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V virtual machines and virtual networks, to effectively simulate a large, geographically separated company infrastructure.
We need a server or desktop that is running Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition with Hyper-V. You can review the prerequisites for this on Microsoft TechNet under the main Windows Server 2016 page. There are a lot of virtual machines we'll be using. A forest of two domains need a minimum of two domain controllers and for Configuration Manager, we'll need one central administration site and two primary sites, for a total of three site servers. We'll also need one server in the secondary site.
Then we have three client machines. So we'll be using nine virtual machines. You need the following installation media. A version of SQL Server 2014, preferred 2014, and System Center Configuration Manager, current branch. You can use the evaluation version of this software or a licensed version of your own, I recommend you use your Microsoft account or get one if you don't have one to sign up for Microsoft Technical Evaluation Center.
There's all kinds of software servers and other things here that you can run for a number of days, and that includes the full version, but they're just set up to be evaluation-only, so they add it after a period of time. But other than that, they're the entirely full-featured version of stuff that you would purchase. But again, you have to sign up with a Microsoft account to actually download them. They're free, you just need the account. Finally, before you can install Configuration Manager, you'll need the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit or the Windows ADK, specifically for Windows 10, which you can download for free from the Microsoft Download Center.
This needs to be installed on any system, in which you're going to install the Configuration manager Current Branch software.
- Planning and deploying a standalone primary site
- Ensuring domain and site server prerequisites
- Planning and expanding a standalone primary site
- Planning and deploying a multiple-site hierarchy
- Planning resource discovery and client deployment
- Managing content and replicating data in Configuration Manager
- Configuring Internet and cloud-based client management
- Advanced monitoring
- Upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch