Module 7: Preparing an SMS Site for Software Distribution
In this module, you will learn about the Microsoft Systems Management Server SMS software distribution process. You will learn about the flow of software distribution and the roles played by the site, the SMS objects used to distribute software, and the SMS client. Finally, you will learn how to prepare the site for software distribution by allocating distribution points and configuring the SMS client.
--Explaining How SMS Distributes Software
--Managing Distribution Points
--Configuring Software Distribution and the Advertised Programs Client Agent
--Discussion: Preparing an SMS Site for Software Distribution
Module 8: Managing Software Distribution
The Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) software distribution feature automates the distribution of programs to SMS clients. These programs run on the client computers to perform tasks such as installing software or scanning the client’s hard drives for viruses.
In this module, you will learn to distribute software to SMS clients by creating a package and then advertising a program from the package to a collection of clients. In Module 7, the first stage of the software distribution sequence was discussed. This module will build upon the previous module and discuss the three remaining stages of the distribution sequence.
--Configuring Software Distribution Objects Using a Software Distribution Methodology
--Creating and Configuring Collections
--Creating and Configuring Packages
--Creating and Configuring Advertisements
--Managing Software Installation at the Client
--Monitoring Software Distribution
--Discussion: Managing Software Distribution
Module 9: Implementing SMS Software Update Tools and Managing Update Deployment
In this module, you will learn to implement Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) software update scanning tools and manage the deployment of security and Microsoft Office updates.
--Explaining How the Software Update Process Works
--Installing the Software Update Scanning Tools
--Performing Software Update Inventory
--Deploying and Verifying Software Updates
--Discussion: Implementing SMS Software Update Tools and Managing Update Deployment
Module 10: Using Remote Tools for Client Support
Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Remote Tools is a suite of complementary applications that you can use to access any client in an SMS hierarchy that has the Remote Tools Client Agent components installed. By using Remote Tools, you can provide assistance and troubleshooting support from your computer to clients within your site. You can use Remote Tools to access and control clients that are using the Legacy Client or the Advanced Client.
You can use Remote Tools across a wide area network (WAN) or Microsoft Remote Access Service (RAS) links to assist clients at remote locations. Remote Tools supports RAS connections with a minimum speed of 28.8 kilobits per second (Kbps). You can also establish a connection to your organization and then access clients on your network.
In addition to SMS Remote Tools, SMS 2003 integrates Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Connection into the SMS Administrator console for assisting applicable clients. You can also use the SMS Administrator console to manage and configure Remote Assistance settings for applicable clients on a site-wide basis.
In this module, you will learn to configure and use Remote Tools to assist the help desk and to provide troubleshooting support to clients.
--Introduction to Remote Tools
--Configuring the Remote Tools Client Agent
--Using SMS Remote Tools in Troubleshooting
--Discussion: Using SMS Remote Tools
Module 11: Working with SMS Hierarchies
In this module, you will learn how to work within a Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) site hierarchy. The sites in your organization can be connected to create a single site hierarchy. Occasionally, site hierarchies must be modified and new sites must be created and added. The SMS secondary site is ideal for simplifying the installation and management of small branch offices. In this module, you will learn how to configure sites and work within a site hierarchy.
--Introduction to the SMS Site Hierarchy
--Configuring Site Communications
--Installing a Secondary Site Server
--Managing Roaming Clients in an SMS Hierarchy
--Discussion: Working with SMS Hierarchies
Module 12: Performing Site Maintenance, Backup, and Recovery Tasks
In this module, you will learn how to perform site maintenance tasks and prepare for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) backup and recovery operations.
Planning is essential so that you can recover SMS sites and hierarchies quickly with the least possible amount of data loss.