Course Description

In this training, one of the foremost Microsoft MVP's, Johan Arwidmark, will take you through the installation, configuration, and operations of ConfigMgr (a.k.a. SCCM).

This program is running for six weeks, and includes: 

  • Weekly live webinars (with recordings and Q & A).
  • Weekly online gatherings for additional Q & A time.
  • 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 questions directly.


Course Schedule

Date and Time for Live Webinars

Below are the current dates for the weekly Live Webinars:

  • Module 1: Tuesday, March 2, 2pm - 4pm, Central Time
  • Module 2: Tuesday, March 9, 2pm - 4pm, Central Time
  • Module 3: Tuesday, March 16, 2pm - 4pm, Central Time
  • Module 4: Tuesday, March 23, 2pm - 4pm, Central Time
  • Module 5: Tuesday, March 30, 2pm - 4pm, Central Time
  • Module 6: Tuesday, April 6, 2pm - 4pm, Central Time


Course Outline

Module 1: Setup and Service the ConfigMgr Infrastructure

  • Setup a lab and test environment
  • Primer to ConfigMgr Design and Infrastructure
  • Reducing Network Impact
  • Monitoring ConfigMgr Infrastructure Health and Performance
  • Understanding boundary and boundary groups
  • Update / Service 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
  • Configure software metering
  • Configuring Asset Intelligence
  • License reconciliation using Asset Intelligence.
  • Real-World usage 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 

  • Setup Software Updates in ConfigMgr 
  • Software Update Processes and WSUS Integration
  • Optimizing Software Update Performance
  • WSUS Database Housekeeping
  • Understanding Software Updates Synchronization
  • Create and setup 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. tick images
  • Setup PXE in ConfigMgr on Servers as well as Clients
  • Using P2P (BranchCache and Peer Cache) to speed up Imaging
  • Create boot images, add OS images, and Applications
  • Create 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 


Course curriculum

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

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