Administering System Center Configuration Manager (MS-20703-1)

System Center Configuration Manager sustain software updates for PCs which Configuration Manager looks after.


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System Center Configuration Manager sustain software updates for PCs which Configuration Manager looks after.

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About this course

This IT Ops training course will help explain the attendees’ skills and knowledge for utilizing Configuration Manager and its related site systems to successfully control network properties. The course enables the user to create management reports and problems, handle compliance and upgrade system center endpoint protection. It also includes learning of daily tasks for handling client health, operating system operations, handle applications, software updates and hardware and software inventory by operating Configuration Manager. The IT Ops training will help in preparing students for Microsoft Exam 70-703: Administering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Cloud Services Integration. SCCM 2012 (Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager) is a segment of Microsoft System Center 2012 systems management suite. This windows product allows the handles or supervisors to handle the operation, arrangement and protection of applications and technologies across an organization.

The average salary for Enterprise Desktop Administrators is $76,899 per year.

Course Objective

After completing this course, students will be able to: 

  • Use configuration Manager to configure an operating system operation strategy.

  • For managed PCs execute Endpoint Security.

  • For managed systems and consumers operate, look over and distribute applications.

  • Use software metering and Asset Intelligence.

  • Software and hardware inventory management, supervision and configuration.

  • Design management structure along with boundary groups, incorporating mobile-device management with Microsoft Exchange Server, resource discovery and configuring boundaries.

  • Explain the functions of Configuration Manager and Intune.

  • Understand its function usage to handle PCs and mobile devices in an organization’s atmosphere.

  • Configuration Manager site handling and sustaining.

  • Sustain software updates for PCs that Configuration Manager manages.

  • Handle and operate the Configuration Manager client.

  • Use queries and reports to examine data.

  • Handle baselines, configuration elements, and rpofiles to get hold of and operate compliance settings and data access for technologies and users.

  • Acknowledge and operate suitable procedure to distribute and handle content required for deployments.


The course is designed for the EDAs (Enterprise Desktop Administrators).


The students are required to have understanding of the following concepts and technologies:

  • Basics and properties of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Management.

  • General idea of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) protection.

  • General knowledge of Windows Server services and roles.

  • General knowledge of the configuration choices for Android, Windows Mobile device platform and iOS.

  • Basic network protocols, switching, media, routing, addressing, hardware, infrastructure and networking properties.

  • Windows-controlled personal computers installation, troubleshoot and operations.

  • Windows PowerShell syntax and scripting knowledge and skills.

Suggested prerequisites courses

  • Installing and Configuring Windows 10 (MS-20698)

  • Administering Windows Server 2012 (MS-20411)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Which features from Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility + Security should we implement?

Configuration Manager offers different solutions for managing PCs, servers, and devices. Choose the solution that's right for your organization. Base your decision on the device platforms you need to manage and the management functionality you need. You can use these device management solutions by themselves or in combination with each other. For example, you can use the client-based management approach to manage the computers and servers in your organization and also use co-management to manage internet-based laptops. By combining approaches this way, you can cover all of your device management needs.

Q2: What are differences between Primary Site and Secondary Site?

Primary Site

  1. This site has Access to Microsoft SQL Database.
  2. Clients can be Assigned directly to the site.
  3. It can be a child of another primary site and can have child sites of its own.
  4. Can administer via configuration manager console.
Secondary Site
  1. It does not have access to a Microsoft SQL Database.
  2. Clients cannot be assigned directly to the site.
  3. Secondary sites cannot have child sites of their own.
  4. Secondary sites are always a child site of a primary site and can only be administered via the primary site.

Q3: What is the process to distribute a package?

  • Create an install program in the package (you may have already done this?), pointing it to the installation sources, create a package in SCCM.
  • To the contents get synched, assign distribution Points to your package.
  • Create a Collection containing the objects (users/computers) that are allowed to receive the package.
  • Create an Advertisement for the distribution, linking the package you created to the collection, decide whether the Advertisement is mandatory (installation enforced) or not (users have to go to the “Run Advertised Programs” dialog in Windows and select to install the program)

Q4: How SCCM download the patches?

In the Software Update Point properties, you should add the Software Update Point site role to the site, configure the software update point as active, classifications, configure the products sync settings. THEN, in the central primary site you can go to the Update Repository node and run the Run Synchronization action. Once synchronization completes, you will see the metadata in the Configuration Manager console.

Q5: How do you configure the SUP?

In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database /Site Management / / Site Settings / Site Systems Right-click the site system server name, and then click New Roles. Select Software update point, and then click Next. Specify whether the site server will use a proxy server when connecting to the software update point, and then click Next. Select Use this server as the active software update point, and then specify the port settings configured for the WSUS Web site on this site system. Specify the synchronization source for the active software update point using one of the following settings: like

Synchronize from Microsoft Update or Synchronize from an upstream update server

Keep the default setting Do not create WSUS reporting events, and then click Next Specify whether to synchronize software updates on a schedule by selecting Enable synchronization on a schedule For which the Updated software will be occur at the same time, update the classifications and then press ok. For which the Updated software will be will be occur at the same time, Specify the products and then press ok. To Observe the installation process for the Updated software, the path is Open Logs SUPSetup.log in, After completion of Installation, it will be written into log file. To confirm that the link to the WSUS server was completed successfully, the path is Open Logs WCM.log in.

Q6: How do you Backup SCCM Server?

To create a scheduled backup task, expand the Site Settings node and expand the Site Maintenance node, click on Tasks. For Manual backup – Start SMS_SITE_BACKUP service

Q7: What are the client deployments methods?

Client Push Installation, Software update point-based installation, Group Policy Installation, Logon Script Installation, Manual Installation, Upgrade Installation (software Distribution)

Q8: What is the use of WSUS (Windows Server Update Service)?

It enables administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to computers that are running the Windows operating system.

Q9: What is SUP (Software Update Point)?

This is required a component of software updates, and after it is installed, the SUP is displayed as a site system role in the Configuration Manager console. The software update point site system role must be created on a site system server that has Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 installed.

Q10: What is BITS-Enabled Distribution Points?

Instead of BITS, Client computer uses server message blocks (SMB). It helps to control the bandwidth throttling between distribution points and client computers. BITS-enabled distribution point and is interrupted, it can be started where it left off.

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Brand Microsoft
Subjects IT Ops & Management
Lab Access Yes
Technology Microsoft
Learning Style Virtual Classroom
Learning Type Course
Difficulty Intermediate
Course Duration 5 Days
Language English
SATV Value 5
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