MasterClass: ConfigMgr Current Branch and MDT 2013 Update 2- with Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP Kent Agerlund, will take you through the advanced design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting of the main features in Configuration Manager Current Branch (SCCM) and MDT 2013 Update 2 based on Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 10. After class, you will have a solid understanding of the design options, flow of the main features and troubleshooting techniques.

The training with Kent focus on hands-on-labs and exercises, based on self-perceived real life scenarios and methods verified to work in a live environment. After this ConfigMgr training you will have a solid understanding of the product! 

This MasterClass has difficulty level 300. 

Course objectives:

  • Fault tolerance and High availability
  • Troubleshooting tools
  • Installing and troubleshooting client deployment
  • Inventory Management
  • Reporting & Queries
  • Application deployment
  • Software updates
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Compliance management
  • Operating System Deployment
  • Scripting, PowerShell and WMI Primers
  • Using PowerShell to manage ConfigMgr


IT-pros and administrators that wants to build real systems management and deployment solutions using ConfigMgr. 


Basic understanding of Active Directory, WSUS and SQL. Basic knowledge and working experience with ConfigMgr Current branch or ConfigMgr 2012. The Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (M10747) or Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (M10748) trainings are perfect prerequisites for this advanced class. This is not a beginner’s class. 

Course outline:

Designing the ConfigMgr platform

  • Recovery options, restore primary sites
  • Design fault tolerance and high availability environments
  • Working with HTTP and HTTPS site systems
  • Working with DMZ and workgroup environments
  • Working with multi domain/forest environment
  • Configure and optimize SQL

Troubleshooting tools and techniques

  • Understanding log files
  • Status Filter Rules
  • Introducing WMI
  • Using SQL Profiler

ConfigMgr clients

  • Installing, configuring and troubleshooting clients
  • Installing HTTP and HTTPS clients

Working with reports

  • Working with SQL reporting services
  • creating custom SQL reports

Inventory management

  • Deep dive to the inventory process
  • Extending hardware inventory
  • Troubleshooting inventory
  • Creating custom inventory reports

Content Management

  • Understanding the content flow
  • Working with and troubleshooting distribution points and distribution point groups
  • Working with remote distribution points
  • Working with cloud based distribution points

Application deployment

  • Working with the application model
  • Working with different deployment types
  • Troubleshooting application deployments
  • Creating custom application reports

Software Updates

  • Creating and designing the software update infrastructure
  • Deploying and troubleshooting Microsoft software updates
  • Monitoring the software update deployment process
  • Deploying 3rd. party updates
  • Creating software update reports

Endpoint Protection

  • Installing and configuring Endpoint Protection
  • Troubleshooting Endpoint Protection
  • Creating custom Endpoint Protection reports

Settings Management

  • Creating and implementing configuration items and baselines
  • Remediate non-compliant computers and users
  • Troubleshooting Settings Management

Creating the perfect Windows 10 (and Windows 7) reference images

  • Understanding the sysprep process
  • Advanced settings in the Unattend.xml file
  • Using MDT to create and maintain the perfect reference images
  • Optimize and customize the reference images
  • Automate, e.g. Image Factory

Deploying Windows 10 with ConfigMgr Current Branch and MDT

  • Customizing the ConfigMgr boot images
  • Advanced driver handling and driver troubleshooting
  • Generic OSD Troubleshooting
  • Creating custom OSD reports

Deep dive to ConfigMgr OSD Components

  • Windows ADK 10 and Windows PE internals
  • Task Sequence Engine and Processes during deployment
  • Configuring PXE deployments
  • Troubleshooting PXE and Multicast

Advanced OSD customizations

  • Integrating custom frontends
  • Using userexit scripts and web services
  • Developing PowerShell scripts for OSD
  • Customizing Task Sequences
  • Debugging scripts

About the instructor:

Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund is chief system management architect and System Center specialist working as a certified trainer, consultant, and event speaker. Kent started his computer endeavors back in the late 80s working with databases like dBase, Paradox, and FoxPro. Almost since the beginning of his professional computer career, Kent has worked as a certified trainer and consultant. Today Kent works for Coretech, a Danish System Center house where he also contributes by writing articles and sharing tips and tricks on In recent years, Kent has travelled the globe delivering his Mastering Configuration Manager classes and speaking at various conferences like MMS and TechEd. Through the years, Kent has attained various certifications and achievements such as Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Administrator, MCSE+A, and MCT, and has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Enterprise Client Management. 
You can connect with Kent on Twitter @Agerlund and on LinkedIn 

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