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Ultima 14th March

  1. 1. Microsoft System Center Configuration ManagerMicrosoft Consulting Practice Richard Owen – Ultima Business Solutions
  2. 2. Ultima Business Solutions Founded 1990 Microsoft Gold Education Large Account Reseller System Integrator – Microsoft Core Infrastructure  Virtualisation  Systems Management  Desktop & Application Optimisation  Collaboration (Lync) Existing Footprint within Further Education
  3. 3. Agenda Management Challenges• Operating System Deployment Software Deployment / Updates Inventory Services SCCM Reporting Hyper-V Case Reference
  4. 4. IT Systems Management and Configuration Lifecycle Software Antivirus & Distribution Software Updates Office 2010 Service Packs Acrobat Reader Security Updates Endpoint Protection Definition UpdatesOS Deployment Setting Standardisation Device drivers Management Desktops & Servers Asset Management Out of Band Hardware and Software Management, Inventory Consolidation, License Intel vPro AMT Compliance
  5. 5. Example Management Challenges Resourcing the Demand High Ratio of Desktops / Users to Administrators (666) Re-Image Cycle Remote Locations Management tools not performing over WAN links Limited Window to perform upgrades Pressures to reduce energy costs
  6. 6. Windows Deployment Significant improvements to existing scenarios Increased range of scenario support Offline with New Wipe-and- Side-by- In-place removable PXE boot machine load side migration media -Clean install - Target and - Machine to - Scripted, - Install without - WDS -Wipe and Load install new OS machine targeted OS network integration, to existing H/W - User and app upgrade - Removable network boot -No migration delivered considerations - Application data migration - Not wipe and media is source reinstall under - Application load - CD/DVD,USB - PXE style - New or new OS delivery repurposed reinstall - Sent as flash drive hardware - Securely -Securely software - Good for low - Lite touch, save/restore save/restore distribution bandwidth, network user state & user state & package mobile staff connection settings settings based
  7. 7. Operating System Deployment -Considerations Create the Operating System Package using built in Wizard NOTE: - SCCM Agent Package Included by Default Deploy to Distribution Points or Collections Distribution Points can contain up to 4000 Clients Recommended to create distribution points if deploying Operating Systems over WAN Links Build Collections around departments / subject Clients can be Auto-Assigned to collections via IP Address, AD Sites, IP Subnet
  8. 8. Operating System Deployment - PXE Install Windows Deployments Services Create PXE Service Point NOTE: - Uncheck Client Require Password that boot to PXE Assign a boot image to the Service Point Push out to DP or Collection Use Task Sequence’s to complete the build, (join domain) Wake on LAN ?
  9. 9. SCCM – Software Distribution Automate Software Deployments to reduce desktop Visits Create .msi .exe or App-V packages Copy Package option for Distribution Points Silent Mode Options, Failure Options Task Sequence to customise the applications Task Sequence can also form part of the OS deployment (Light touchdeployment to increase speed of deploying across campus) Package Cache for re-deployment Purposes
  10. 10. SCCM – Software Updates Integrate WSUS 3.0 into SCCM (Low cost Option) Deploy Microsoft Patches and application patches (Servers &Desktops) Capable of deploying over the internet with PKI infrastructure Faster Client update engine than in previous versions (No LongerHardware Inventory)
  11. 11. Software Distribution
  12. 12. SCCM – Inventory Use the Inventory Engine to report on Hardware Information prior toWindows 7 Upgrades Report on Chipsets or PC’s of a certain age Software asset management Redeploy if software is un-installed (avoid helpdesk calls) Software Metering (Software Usage) Use Reporting EngineAsset Intelligence (Who’s Using What)
  13. 13. SCCM Reports Category  Hardware  Software  Network  Operating System  Software Updates  Software Metering  Software Distribution  Upgrade Assessment  Driver Management  Asset Intelligence And many more …
  14. 14. Reporting – Count Operating Systems and Service packs
  15. 15. Reporting – Software Registered with Add or Remove programs
  16. 16. Reporting – Count Processor speeds
  17. 17. Hyper-V – Have NO Fear! Consolidate Hardware (Cap Planning) Be Careful of Disk IOPS’s (Free Tools available) Adoption Rates increasing Performance! (64bit) Live Migration Cluster Services for High Availability Driven by SCVMM Leverage Windows Server skills (already in house) Value for Money in comparison to VMware VMware .vmdk’s can be converted using SCVMM
  18. 18. Case Reference – College Ultima engaged on SCCM project to deploy Windows 7 Ultima consulted with the college to identify areas of repetition (AV,VPN’s, Systems Monitoring) Strategy document produced Reduced 42 servers down to 3 Hyper-V Hosts Full System Centre Suite deployed Significantly reduced annual maintenance costs Migrated Helpdesk solution to Service ManagerDirect Access
  19. 19. Case Reference Upcoming Webinar with Ultima’s Lead Consultant
  20. 20. © 2009 Ultima Business Solutions Ltd