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Title: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 with R2

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
2007 SP1 with R2
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series

What Is IPD?
  • Planning and design guidance that aims to clarify
    and streamline the planning and design process
    for Microsoft infrastructure technologies
  • IPD
  • Defines decision flow
  • Describes decisions to be made
  • Relates decisions and options for the business
  • Frames additional questions for business

Microsoft system center configuration manager
2007 Sp1 with r2
  • Getting Started

Purpose and Agenda
  • Purpose
  • To assist in the decision process to plan a
    successful Microsoft System Center Configuration
    Manager SP1 with R2 implementation
  • Agenda
  • Define the project scope
  • Determine which roles will be deployed
  • Determine the number of sites required
  • Design the sites
  • Determine the number of hierarchies required
  • Design each hierarchy

What Is Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager 2007 SP1 with R2?
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
    (ConfigMgr) 2007 SP1 with R2 is a configuration
    management solution that
  • Contributes to a more effective IT department by
    enabling secure and scalable operating system and
    application deployment and desired configuration
  • Provides comprehensive asset management of
    servers, desktops, and mobile devices.

Applicable Scenarios
  • The guide addresses the needs of
  • Organizations with no configuration management
    solution that want to use ConfigMgr.
  • Organizations that presently use another
    configuration management solution and are
    planning to move to ConfigMgr.
  • Organizations with multi-forest environments
    where ConfigMgr will be employed to manage
    systems that span Active Directory forest
  • Organizations that have distributed environments
    with systems separated by wide area network (WAN)
  • Organizations with mobile devices, such as
    smartphones, that operate beyond firewalls but
    must be managed centrally.

Example of ConfigMgr Architecture
ConfigMgr Design Flow
Step 1. Define Project Scope
  • Answer the following questions to align goals
    with business motivation
  • Will project encompass entire enterprise?
  • Which features will project address?
  • What is the client population to be managed?
  • What are the organizations service

Step 2. Determine Which Roles Will Be Deployed
  • Establishing which site roles are required and
    where they are located determines site design and
    sizing, network sizing, and if the ConfigMgr
    client will be deployed.

Step 3. Determine the Number of Sites Required
  • Start with one site, and then add more as
    required by the following
  • Scale
  • Privacy concerns
  • Internet-connected clients
  • Active Directory forests
  • Network location
  • International languages
  • Organization

Step 4. Design the Sites
  • Task 1 Plan the roles that are always required
  • Task 2 Plan the roles that are optional
  • Task 3 Plan the roles that are feature-specific
  • Task 4 Determine where to place hierarchy roles
  • Task 5 Determine where to place primary and
    secondary sites and branch distribution points
  • Task 6 Determine if native mode is required
    the two options are native mode and mixed mode

Step 4, Task 6. Option 1 Native Mode
  • Benefits
  • Higher level of security by integrating with a
    public key infrastructure (PKI) to help protect
    client-to-server communication.
  • Enables the management of clients that are
    connected to the Internet, such as laptops used
    by mobile workers, computers used from an
    employees home, and smartphones.
  • Challenges
  • PKI infrastructure is required.
  • Estimated native mode site operations are 10-15
    percent slower in overall performance compared to
    sites configured to operate in mixed mode due to
    added load of encryption and signing.
  • Cannot interoperate with SMS 2003.
  • All parent locations up to and including the
    central site must be in native mode.

Step 4. Task 6. Option 2 Mixed Mode
  • Benefit
  • Enables integration with SMS 2003.
  • Challenge
  • Additional design may be required to ensure the
    security of connections beyond the organizations

Step 4. Design the Sites - continued
  • Task 7 Assign Clients to Sites
  • Task 8 Design boundaries of protected
    distribution point systems
  • Task 9 Design the site systems
  • Task 10 Determine the Fault-Tolerance Approach

Step 5. Determine Number of Hierarchies Required
  • Start with one hierarchy and add more, if
  • Some possible scenarios requiring additional
    hierarchy are
  • Size
  • Central site is mixed mode and native mode is
  • Isolated networks
  • Politics
  • Regulatory requirements

Step 6. Design Each Hierarchy
  • Task 1 Determine where to place central site
  • Task 2 Plan the site hierarchy

Summary and Conclusion
  • The guide summarized the critical design
    decisions, activities, and tasks required to
    enable a successful design of ConfigMgr.
  • It focused on decisions involving
  • Which ConfigMgr roles will be required
  • The server roles, role placement, databases, and
    connectivity of the ConfigMgr infrastructure
  • The number of ConfigMgr hierarchies required, and
    how many sites are required within each hierarchy
  • Provide feedback to

Find More Information
  • Download the full document and other IPD guides
  • http/
  • Contact the IPD team
  • The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Web site
  • http//