This course combines notes, hands-on procedures, multimedia presentations, and review questions to teach you systems management, design, and implementation methods using SMS 2.0. It is designed to be completed from beginning to end, but you can choose to complete only the sections that interest you. (See the next section, "Finding the Best Starting Point for You" for more information.) If you choose the customized track option, see the "Before You Begin" section in each chapter. Any hands-on procedures that require preliminary work from preceding chapters is explained in "Before You Begin."
The self-paced training book is divided into the following chapters:
Because this book is self-paced, you can skip some lessons and revisit them later. Note, however, that you must complete the procedures outlined in the "Getting Started" section of About This Book and any procedures outlined in Before You Begin in each chapter, before you can successfully complete exercises within the chapters:
|If you||Follow this learning path|
|Are planning an implementation||Read Chapters 1 and 9, and then complete SMS Chapter 2.|
|Are new to SMS||Read all chapters in consecutive order.|
|Need to learn about SMS features||Read Chapter 1, and then read Chapters 3 to 8 SMS features of this book.|
|Are having trouble completing any of the exercises in this guide||Read Lesson 1 of Chapter 14, and then locate the the function in Chapter 14, Lesson 2 that is relevant to the exercise with which you are having trouble completing.|
|Are preparing for the Implementing and Supporting Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2.0 certification exam||Read through the tested skills list that follows in the "Where to Find Specific Skills in This Book" Section, and then read all chapters and complete all exercises in this book. At the completion of certification exam your studies, return to the skills list for the exam to verify that you have a firm grasp on all the tested skills.|
The following tables provide a comprehensive list of the skills measured on certification exam 70-086, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2.0. The tables list the skill and indicate where in this book you will find the lesson relating to that skill.
Exam skills are subject to change without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft.
Skills measured by exam 70-086
|Planning||Location in this book|
|Design a Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS)
site; plan for various elements.
||Chapter 1, Lessons 1-3; Chapter 9, Lessons 1-3|
|Design an SMS site hierarchy.
||Chapter 9, Lessons 1-3; Chapter 11, Lesson 1|
|Plan a security strategy for SMS servers.
||Chapter 12, Lessons 1-3|
|Plan the interoperability or upgrade for various
||Chapter 2, Lesson 7; Chapter 9, Lesson 2; Chapter 4, Lesson 1|
|Installation and Configuration||Location in this book|
|Install, configure, and modify a primary site
||Chapter 2, Lessons 1, 2, 4-6; Chapter 11, Lesson 3|
|Install a secondary site server.
||Chapter 11, Lesson 3|
|Configure site system roles.
||Chapter 10, Lesson2; Chapter 5, Lesson 2; Chapter 12, Lesson 2|
|Configure a site hierarchy.
||Chapter 11, Lessons 2 and 3|
|Configuring and Managing Resources||Location in this book|
|Configure software and hardware inventory
collection for a site.
||Chapter 3, Lesson 2|
||Chapter 3, Lesson 4|
||Chapter 4, Lessons 2-5; Chapter 8, Lesson 2; Chapter 14, Lesson 1|
|Create database reports.
||Chapter 8, Lesson 3|
|Configure and use software metering.
||Chapter 5, Lessons 2 and 3|
|Install and configure an SMS client computer.
||Chapter 2, Lessons 5 and 6; Chapter 3, Lesson 3; Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Install and configure remote utilities on clients.
||Chapter 6, Lessons 1-3|
|Install and configure Windows NT Event to Trap Translator.||Chapter 7, Lesson 4|
|Install and configure Health Monitor to monitor Windows NT Server computers.||Chapter 14, Lesson 1|
|Identify changes to a site server after SMS installation. Types of site servers are domain controllers, non-domain controllers, and secondary site servers.||Chapter 2, Lesson 3|
|Monitor SMS status messages.
||Chapter 14, Lesson 1|
|Monitor the progress of SMS functions.
||Chapter 14, Lessons 1 and 2|
|Use SMS utilities to monitor SMS functions.
||Chapter 7, Lesson 2; Chapter 14, Lesson 1; Chapter 10, Lesson 3|
|Optimize SQL Server for SMS.||Chapter 2, Lesson 1; Chapter 13, Lesson 1|
|Optimize sender network utilization.||Chapter 11, Lesson 2|
|Monitor the SMS database.
||Chapter 13, Lesson 2|
|Back up an SMS site.||Chapter 13, Lesson 2|
|Choose the appropriate diagnostic tool.||Chapter 7, Lesson 1; Chapter 14, Lesson 1|
|Diagnose and resolve installation problems in SMS
||Chapter 2, Lesson 4; Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Diagnose and resolve installation problems involving clients.||Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Diagnose and resolve problems involving software distribution.||Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Diagnose and resolve problems involving inventory collection.||Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Diagnose and resolve problems involving remote control.||Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Diagnose and resolve problems involving software metering.||Chapter 14, Lesson 2|
|Diagnose and resolve problems involving SNMP integration.||Chapter 7, Lessons 3 and 4|
|Restore an SMS site.
||Chapter 13, Lesson 3|
|Diagnose and resolve problems involving site-to-site communication.||Chapter 11, Lesson 2|