SCCM Current Branch: Deploy Clients and Manage Inventory

Learn the best ways to deploy clients, configure inventory, and query and report on SCCM data in this deep-dive course.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 3, 2018
Duration
3h 16m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction
Deploy the SCCM Client
Manage Inventory Collection
Explore SCCM Queries and Collections
Explore SCCM Reports
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 3, 2018
Duration
3h 16m
Description

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.

About the author
About the author

Greg Shields is an Author Evangelist at Pluralsight.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
(Music) Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you found the third course in my learning path on the configuration and everyday use of System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch and Microsoft Intune. I am author evangelist, and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been building, managing, and helping others with SCCM since its earliest days as SMS version 1. 2. With our primary site and site server now installed, we turn our attentions 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 third course out of seven, we'll walk through four of the six major client deployment options, including all the steps you need to successfully automate your deployments. Once installed, we'll explore client hardware and software inventory, arguably the foundation of every other feature SCCM has to offer. We'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, and we'll translate what we'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. If you've just been tasked with building a new Configuration Manager environment, this course is your next stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And then from here you'll be ready to continue on the learning path as we deploy and manage applications, deploy and maintain operating systems, support internet-based clients and on-premises MDM, and support Intune hybrid MDM and co-management. Let's get started.