This course combines notes, hands-on procedures, multimedia presentations, and review questions to teach you systems management, design, and implementation methods using SMS 2.0. It is designed to be completed from beginning to end, but you can choose to complete only the sections that interest you.This book contains a self-paced training overview and introduces the components of this training. Read this section thoroughly to get the greatest educational value from this self-paced training and to plan which lessons you will complete. It is imperative that you complete the "Getting Started" section to properly prepare the computers for the exercises in the chapters.

The self-paced training book is divided into the following chapters:

Chapter 1, "Introduction to Microsoft Systems Management Server" introduces SMS 2.0. It provides an overview of the functional areas, hierarchy, and network configurations of SMS 2.0.

Chapter 2, "Installing a Primary Site" explains how to install SMS 2.0 to function as a primary site server. It lists the hardware and software requirements of the program, and it explains the specific information you have to supply and the decisions you have to make during the installation process. Following installation, the modifications made by SMS setup is described. Post installation procedures, making computer resources client computers, and upgrading SMS 1.2 to SMS 2.0 conclude this chapter.

Chapter 3, "Administering Inventory Collection" describes how to install, configure, and customize inventory collection. Explains the process of inventory collection and how to use Resource Explorer to view collected inventory.

Chapter 4, "Distributing Software" addresses how packages, programs, collections and advertisements work together to complete the software distribution process to client computers. The final lesson in this chapter explains how to use the SMS Installer.

Chapter 5, "SMS Software Metering" discusses SMS Software Metering. The roles played by software metering site systems and client computers are delineated. How to configure and manage software metering using the Software Metering application, concludes this chapter.

Chapter 6, "Using Remote Tools" provides information on supporting various client computer operating systems using remote support utilities accessed through the SMS Administrator console.

Chapter 7, "SMS Network Management Components" details the use of critical network management tools, including Network Monitor, the Network Monitor Control Tool, and the Event to Trap Translator.

Chapter 8, "Querying the Database and Producing Reports" describes the purpose and construction of queries and reports. Query Builder and Crystal Info are explored in this chapter.

Chapter 9, "Planning for SMS" explains how to successfully design and implement SMS 2.0.

Chapter 10, "Configuring Site Systems" describes the site system creation and configuration process. The last lesson in this chapter describes how to monitor site systems with Network Trace.

Chapter 11, "Site-to-Site Communications" describes how SMS communicates between sites. Details are provided that explain how to create an SMS hierarchy, and install a secondary site. The chapter concludes by explaining how to successfully remove SMS software from a computer acting as a primary or secondary site server.

Chapter 12, "Configuring SMS Security" discusses how the file system, users, groups, and the WBEM/SMS Provider interface protect SMS from unauthorized access.

Chapter 13, "Administering SMS Databases" discusses SQL Server features important to the operation of SMS 2.0, and how to maintain SMS in case a recovery procedure is required in the future. The last lesson in this chapter explains how to restore an SMS site.

Chapter 14, "Monitoring and Troubleshooting SMS" addresses the major categories where problems occur in SMS 2.0 and the tools included with SMS 2.0 for analysis of various problems.

The Appendix, "Questions and Answers" lists all of the practice and review questions from the book, showing suggested answers.

The "Glossary" provides definitions of commonly used terms relating to SMS.



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