Course Description

In this training, two systems management experts, Johan Arwidmark and Andrew Johnson, will take you through the installation, configuration, and operations of ConfigMgr (a.k.a. SCCM).

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

This program runs for six weeks and includes:  

  • 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, etc. 
  • The chance to ask Johan Arwidmark and Andrew questions directly

Course Schedule

Date and Time for Live Webinars

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

  • Module 1: Tuesday, Aug 24, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 2: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 3: Tuesday, Sep 7, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 4: Tuesday, Sep 14, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 5: Tuesday, Sep 21, 2:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 6: Tuesday, Sep 28, 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 Primer into KQL (Kusto Query Language)
  • 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

Instructor(s)

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 deploymentresearch.com community, and he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2005. Johan is known for an 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, MDT, WinPE, USMT, WDS, and ConfigMgr.

Johan Arwidmark

Technical Fellow

Instructor(s)

Andrew has served in various technical and leadership roles in IT over nearly 15 years, spending most of his time in higher education. He's always looking for new ways to perform tasks more efficiently and sharing knowledge with others. When he's not working with IT - professionally or in his home lab - you'll likely find him building the most recent Star Wars LEGO set with his family. His three favorite technology areas are endpoint management, automation, and monitoring.

Andrew Johnson

Solutions Architect