Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 includes tools and documentation to help you configure, deploy, and manage the MDM system. This topic provides a roadmap to deploy MDM. This includes descriptions of the documentation and tools that are available to help plan infrastructure configuration, and deployment of the MDM system.

Roadmap to Deploy MDM

Use the MDM planning and deployment checklists to help follow the steps through infrastructure configuration and MDM deployment. These checklists help make sure that you do not miss important steps in the deployment process. To review the checklists, see MDM Planning and Deployment Checklistsin the MDM Planning Guide.

To understand and deploy MDM in your environment, follow these steps:

  1. Evaluate MDM.To download an MDM evaluation copy, see the MDM TechCenter Web page: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=107346 .

  2. Review the documentation for MDM.Online documentation is included in the MDM Technical Library at this TechNet Web page: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=109297 . Or, you can download one or more MDM Guides from the Download tab on the MDM TechCenter at this Web page: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=107346 . For more information about content resources, see MDM Documentation Overview.

  3. Review the MDM Resource Kit Tools.MDM Resource Kit Tools can help you configure and deploy MDM. You can download the tools from the Download tab on the MDM TechCenter at this Web page: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=108953 . For more information about the tools, see MDM Resource Kit Tools Overview.

  4. Plan your MDM topology.Determine the topologies that you will implement for the perimeter network, WSUS, the computers that are running MDM, and other components. For more information about suggested topologies, see MDM System Topologiesand MDM Server Topologiesin the MDM Planning Guide.

  5. Develop a configuration and deployment plan.For checklists to help plan MDM preparation and deployment, see MDM Planning and Deployment Checklistsin the MDM Planning Guide.

  6. Install and configure infrastructure components in your company IT environment.Because MDM takes advantage of many technologies to provide a more secure, end-to-end system, you must carefully plan for and configure the infrastructure for your organization before you deploy the MDM system. For more information, see Configuring Infrastructure for MDM Deploymentin the MDM Planning Guide.

  7. Install MDM components in a test environment. For more information about MDM server installation and configuration instructions, see the MDM Deployment Guide.

  8. Test the MDM installation.If you do not have the mobile devices that you will use in a production environment, investigate whether using emulator software can help you test the installation. For more information, see Using WM 6.1 Images on the Device Emulator with MDM.

  9. Install MDM in a production environment.For more information about MDM installation and configuration instructions, see the MDM Deployment Guide.

MDM Resource Kit Tools Overview

MDM includes several tools, such as ADConfig.exe. You can also download additional MDM Resource Kit Tools to help configure, deploy, operate, and maintain MDM.

The following lists the MDM Resource Kit Tools currently available:

Tool Name Description Download Availability

MDM Self Service Portal

Provides a Web-based interface that lets users manage their Windows Mobile devices. On this portal, based on the settings that you configure, users can enroll their Windows Mobile devices, monitor enrollment status, and wipe managed devices.

The application is also an example solution that you can use as a starting point to develop a custom self-service site.

Download the tool

MDM Client Tools

Provides tools you can run on Windows Mobile 6.1 devices to troubleshoot MDM connection issues, download new software updates, and display status such as device synchronization information.

Download the tool

MDM Server Tools

Provides tools you can run on servers in the MDM system to help you configure, deploy, operate, and maintain MDM.

Download the tool

MDM Best Practices Analyzer Tool

Helps analyze a group of servers to determine if prerequisites are in place for deploying MDM. You can also verify the firewall configuration required for MDM and run a post-deployment scan to help make sure your installation works properly.

Download the tool

MDM Reporting Services

Provides a reporting and data access service across all feature areas of MDM. MDM Reporting Services is based on and integrated with SQL Server Reporting Services 2005.

Download the tool

MDM Documentation Overview

A comprehensive set of online and downloadable documentation is available to help evaluate and deploy MDM.

The MDM Technical Library provides MDM documentation online. This content provides the most accurate and up-to-date technical information about MDM. For more information, see the MDM Technical Library at this TechNet Web page: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=109297 .

You can also review a snapshot of the content in downloadable guides, available on the MDM TechCenter Download tab. The following shows the downloadable guides currently available:

Title Description

MDM Architecture Guide

Provides an overview of the MDM system. This includes server roles and components. The MDM system adds four main components to your existing infrastructure to deliver application packages, authenticated connection to line of business (LOB) applications, and Group Policy rules enforcement for managed devices.

MDM Planning Guide

Provides guidelines to design and plan MDM deployment and to configure and install the required infrastructure components to successfully deploy MDM. Includes a systematic checklist to configure and deploy MDM. You must review and complete these configuration steps before you deploy MDM.

MDM Deployment Guide

Provides steps to configure Active Directory for MDM and to install the MDM system. You must complete the pre-deployment planning and configuration steps provided in the MDM Planning Guide before you use this guide to configure and install MDM.

MDM Security Guide

Provides prescriptive guidance to configure security features in MDM. Key security features include encrypted access to e-mail and LOB applications from the Internet and certificate-based authentication for virtual private network (VPN). Follow these guidelines to help protect company data and communications when you implement MDM in your organization.