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New Year’s Resolutions (SCCM Best Practices you should start now)



You are most likely familiar with all of these, but if you aren’t employing them in your organization now, it’s time to reassess. You’ll be glad you did. If there are “exceptions” in your world (who doesn’t have them), this is a good time to start planning to address them. In fact, it’s an optimal opportunity as we get ready to welcome System Configuration Manager 2012.


  • Speaking of resolutions, be careful with name resolution. This is old news, but don’t rely on WINS and use FQDNs. Look at some Contoso Active Directory demo VMs to see how MS sets it up.
    • Automatically approve clients that are part of a trusted domain.
  • Templates are your friends! Create a set of standard configurations. Consider creating role-based configurations for your client machines and servers with the same application settings.
  • Use System Center Capacity Planner to size and scope servers and roles for file servers, SharePoint, Exchange, and SCOM.
  • Employ Desired Configuration Management (DCM) to enforce policy-based system standards.
  • Use System Center Configuration Manager to deploy operating systems for servers and client systems. This will keep surprises minimal. Also ensure that updates are deployed to both.
  • Use a regular update schedule to plan update deployments. Maintain criteria for when to create new packages. Limit updates to 500 per package.
  • For mobile and offsite machines that are not consistently connected to the network, use the Internet Client in System Center Configuration Manager to manage them.
  • Use System Center Mobile Device Manager to manage mobile devices. Provision them remotely. Use the Mobile VPN to allow network access.
    • Configure remote wipe capability to destroy data should a device get into the wrong hands
  • Use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware servers.
    • Use the Self-Service Portal in VMM to assign templates and configuration for users as sessions are needed.

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