Course Description

In this LIVE Online Training from ViaMonstra Academy, two systems management experts, Johan Arwidmark and Andrew Johnson, will take you through the installation, configuration, and operations of ConfigMgr (a.k.a. MEMCM/SCCM).

Note: If you already have an All Access Pass subscription, this course has been added to your account.

This LIVE Online Training runs for six weeks and includes:  

  • Six weekly live webinars (with recordings and Q&A)
  • Weekly assignments to guide your progress
  • A community of individuals with the same goals
  • A private Facebook group with other participants for sharing reflections, progress, etc. 
  • The chance to ask Johan Arwidmark and Andrew Johnson questions directly in a live training environment

This LIVE Online Training is for YOU if you want to:

  • Set up a lab and test environment for a ConfigMgr infrastructure
  • Learn to install, manage, and troubleshoot the ConfigMgr client
  • Evaluate hardware and software inventory and create customized reports
  • Understand the ConfigMgr application model, and troubleshoot application deployment
  • Set up and monitor software updates in ConfigMgr
  • Use ConfigMgr for Windows Autopilot

Course Schedule

Date and Time for Live Webinars

Dates and start time for the live two-hour webinars:

  • Module 1: Tuesday, April 16, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 2: Tuesday, April 23, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 3: Tuesday, April 30, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 4: **RESCHEDULED** Friday, May 17, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 5: Wednesday, May 29, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 6: Tuesday, June 4, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Course Outline

Module 1: Setting Up and Servicing the ConfigMgr Infrastructure

  • Setting Up a Lab and Test Environment
  • Primer to ConfigMgr Design and Infrastructure
  • Reducing Network Impact
  • Monitoring ConfigMgr Infrastructure Health and Performance
  • Understanding Boundaries and Boundary Groups
  • Updating and Servicing the ConfigMgr Infrastructure
  • Extending the ConfigMgr Infrastructure with Cloud Services
  • Implementing Cloud Management Gateway, Co-management, and Tenant Attached
  • Using Windows PowerShell with ConfigMgr
  • Backup and Recovery Scenarios

Module 2: Managing Clients and Endpoint Protection in ConfigMgr

  • ConfigMgr Client Internals
  • Client Installation Methods
  • Understanding ConfigMgr Policies and Client Registration
  • Configuring Client Settings
  • Implementing and Monitoring Client Health
  • Troubleshooting the ConfigMgr Client
  • Configuring and Monitoring Endpoint Protection

Module 3: Hardware and Software Inventory, Queries, Reports, Scripts, and CMPivot

  • Working with Hardware and Software Inventory
  • Extending Inventory
  • Configuring Software Metering
  • Configuring Asset Intelligence
  • License Reconciliation Using Asset Intelligence.
  • Real-World Use of the Run Scripts Feature
  • Using CMPivot and KQL (Kusto Query Language) Primer
  • Creating and Customizing Reports in ConfigMgr

Module 4: ConfigMgr Software Distribution and Asset Compliance

  • Creating and Deploying Applications
  • Understanding the ConfigMgr Application Model
  • Speeding Up Application Deployment
  • Using Legacy Packages and Programs
  • Troubleshooting Application Deployment
  • Working with Assets and Compliance
  • Configuring Configuration Items and Baselines

Module 5: Software Updates 

  • Setting Up Software Updates in ConfigMgr 
  • Software Update Processes and WSUS Integration
  • Optimizing Software Update Performance
  • WSUS Database Housekeeping
  • Understanding Software Updates Synchronization
  • Creating and Setting Up Automatic Deployment Rules (ADRs)
  • Working with Software Updates Compliance
  • Extending with Community Dashboards 
  • Monitoring Software Update Deployments

Module 6: Primer to ConfigMgr OSD

  • ConfigMgr OSD and Windows 10 Servicing Scenarios
  • Creating Reference Images: Thin vs. Thick Images
  • Setting Up PXE in ConfigMgr on Servers and Clients
  • Using P2P (BranchCache and Peer Cache) to Speed Up Imaging
  • Creating Boot Images and Adding OS Images and Applications
  • Creating Task Sequences
  • Performance Tuning: Speeding Up the Imaging Process
  • Modern BIOS and Driver Management
  • Cloud Imaging via Cloud Management Gateway
  • Using ConfigMgr for Windows Autopilot


Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark is a consultant, author, speaker, and all-around geek specializing in Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions and Systems Management. Johan speaks at several conferences each year, including MMS and Ignite around the world. He is also actively involved in the community, and he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2005. Johan is known for his energetic and humorous style, tackling complex concepts using simple "Real World" scenarios and lots of live demos. His areas of expertise include Enterprise Windows Deployment Tools and Management Systems: Intune, MDT, WinPE, WDS, and ConfigMgr (SCCM).

Johan Arwidmark

Technical Fellow

Andrew Johnson

Andrew has served in various technical and leadership roles in IT for over 15 years, spending most of his time in higher education. He's always looking for new ways to perform tasks more efficiently and share knowledge with others. His three favorite technology areas are Endpoint Management, Automation, and Monitoring. When he's not working with tech - professionally or in his home lab - you'll likely find him building the latest Star Wars LEGO set with his family. If you'd like to chat ConfigMgr, Intune, Azure AD, Office 365, Disney World or Star Wars, you can always find him on Twitter, @AndrewJNet.

Andrew Johnson

Solutions Architect, ADM Solutions