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This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).

Course Outline

This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS). Students will learn how to configure SMS components and how to manage the ongoing operations of an SMS infrastructure.

Microsoft Certification exams
No Microsoft Certification exams are associated with this course currently.

Course Materials
The student kit includes a comprehensive workbook and other necessary materials for this class.

Audience Profile
This course is intended for SMS Administrators who are responsible for configuring and managing one or more SMS sites and all supporting systems. They have one to three years of experience supporting multiple desktop and server computers running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 in medium to large enterprise organizations.

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the features and infrastructure of Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS)
  • Explore the SMS Site Architecture
  • Deploy SMS clients
  • Discover SMS resources
  • Collect inventory and monitor software usage
  • Query and report data
  • Distribute software
  • Implement Software Update Tools
  • Use SMS Remote Tools for client support
  • Work with SMS Hierarchies
  • Perform site maintenance, backup, and recovery tasks

Course Outline Module 1: Preparing for Systems Management Server 2003

In this module, you will learn how to describe a business case for installing Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 in your organization. In order to create this business case, you will learn the steps involved in the SMS planning and deployment process.

You will begin by analyzing your current environment before planning the deployment.


  •  Describing the Business Case for SMS 2003
  •  Describing the Key Elements of the SMS Planning and Deployment Process
  •  Analyzing Your Current Environment
  •  Discussion: Preparing for SMS 2003
  •  Analyzing Your Current Environment
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  •  Describe the business case for SMS.
  •  Describe the SMS planning and deployment process.
  •  Describe Phase One of the SMS planning and deployment process - Analyze your current environments.
Module 2: Designing the SMS 2003 Hierarchy

In this module, you will design a Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 hierarchy. You will learn how to plan site boundaries and site communications as well as determine server capacity. You will also explore network and infrastructure security issues and best practices.

  •  Designing the SMS Site Hierarchy
  •  Planning Site Boundaries and Roaming Boundaries
  • • Determining SMS Component Server Capacity
  •  Identifying Products in the Windows Server System

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  •  Design the SMS site hierarchy.
  •  Plan site boundaries and roaming boundaries.
  •  Determine SMS component server capacity.
  •  Plan network and infrastructure security for SMS 2003.
Module 3: Planning for Systems Management Server 2003 Deployment

In this module, you will learn how to plan for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 deployment. You will explore how to plan client installation, site deployment, site configuration, and a site system. You will also learn how to configure the SMS security environment. You will use various job aids as you plan the deployment. Finally, you will complete the module by creating an SMS Deployment Plan.

  •  Planning Client Installation
  •  Planning Site Deployment
  •  Planning Site Configuration
  •  Planning Site Systems
  •  Planning the Configuration of the SMS Security Infrastructure
  •  Planning Network and Infrastructure Security for SMS
  •  Developing the SMS Deployment Plan
  •  Discussion: Planning for SMS 2003 Site Deployment

  •  Planning Client Installation
  •  Planning Site Deployment
  •  Planning Site Configuration
  •  Planning the Site System
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  •  Identify the considerations for planning client installation.
  •  Describe the considerations of site deployment planning.
  •  Discuss the factors for planning site configuration.
  •  Describe the overall factors of planning the site systems.
Module 4: Deploying Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003

Using the information from the planning phase, you will practice deploying Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. You will apply the planning decisions made for Northwind Traders in previous modules.

  •  Configuring the Environment Before Deployment
  •  Installing the SMS Primary Site
  •  Configuring the Site after Installation
  •  Installing Site Systems
  •  Deploying Clients
  •  Configuring the SMS Site Hierarchy
  •  Backing up and Recovering Data
  •  Troubleshooting an SMS Deployment
  •  Configuring Active Directory Schema for SMS
  •  Configuring Windows Components to Support SMS Features
  •  Installing a Primary Site
  •  Adding Site and Roaming Boundaries
  •  Configuring Site Security and a Custom Administrator Console for the Help Desk Group
  •  Creating a SQL Command
  •  Installing Site Systems
  •  Configuring Discovery Methods
  •  Configuring Client Agents
  •  Configuring Client Installation
  •  Installing an Advanced Client
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  •  Configure the environment before deployment.
  •  Install an SMS primary site.
  •  Configure the site after installation.
  •  Install site systems.
  •  Deploy clients.
  •  Configure a Systems Management Server Hierarchy
  •  Back up and recover data
  •  Troubleshoot a Systems Management Server deployment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must have: • Completed Course 2596, Managing Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003, or have equivalent knowledge • Completed Course 2279, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure, or have equivalent knowledge System engineers should also have strong working knowledge of: • IP addressing. This is covered in Course 2151, Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials. • Windows 2003 core technologies. This is covered in Course 2273, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment. • Windows 2003 networking technologies and implementation. This is covered in Course 2277, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Services. • Windows 2003 directory services technologies and implementation. This is covered in Course 2279, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure.

Certificates offered

MS Certification

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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