System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) For Beginners
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System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) For Beginners

Learn how to administrate your network with SCCM. Build your own SCCM test lab right at home!
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What Will I Learn?
  • Complete step-by-step video lectures (no details are skipped over!)
  • Build your own IT lab right from home (for free!)
  • Install, configure, and administrate SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) from the ground-up
  • Fully implement SCCM into your IT infrastructure
  • Deploy Operating System images and software packages with SCCM
  • Application Management
  • Deploying and managing Endpoint Protection with SCCM
  • Understand the 3 SCCM Client Deployment Methods
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  • No paid software required - We will be using free and evaluation software to complete hands-on training
  • Administrative rights on your domain (if you choose not to use the lab)
  • Experience with Active Directory and Group Policy would be helpfull!

Welcome to the complete System Center Configuration Manager course where you will learn how to install, configure, and administrate your own Configuration Manager environment!

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager SCCM is a Windows product that enables administrators to manage the deployment and security of devices and applications across an enterprise. SCCM is part of the Microsoft System Center 2016 systems management suite.

We will be working with the latest version of SCCM available which CB (current branch) 1702. For those of you who may be confused, there is no SCCM version 2016.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any IT professional who want to use SCCM at work
  • Anyone who wants to learn SCCM from home
  • Anyone who wants to get a job that requires SCCM as a skill
  • Anyone who wants to expand their current IT skillset
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
Getting Started with this Course
3 Lectures 17:15

In this lecture we will describe the feature set for System Center Configuration Manager. At the end of this lecture you will acquire a basic understanding of the capabilities of SCCM

Preview 07:57

This lecture describes the prerequisite hardware and software that you will need to install System Center Configuration Manager in a production environment. At the completion of this lecture, you will understand the requirements and necessary planning to successfully deploy SCCM in your organization

Preview 07:18

SCCM Overview
16 questions
SCCM Lab Setup
10 Lectures 46:53

In this lecture Paul is going to give you an overview of this entire SCCM Lab section. We are going to help you decide whether or not you should watch this section. I am also going to show you the network diagram of the lab we will be creating in the lab environment for your situational awareness.

Preview 03:42

In this lecture we are going to download and install Oracle VM VirtualBox, a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.  For more information, visit

Downloading and Installing VirtualBox

Now it’s time to download Windows Server 2016. Thankfully Microsoft offers a free trial version for 2016 that anyone can download for evaluation (or in our case, training) purposes. 

Downloading Windows Server 2016

In this lecture, we are going to download a Windows 10 ISO installation file from Microsoft. An ISO file is a disc image file that can emulate a CD or DVD. This file cannot be natively opened on Windows, but VirtualBox will be able to read the ISO file and get the Windows installation files from the file. It’s important for you to know that we are going to complete this lecture from our Host computer and not from a Virtual Machine. 

Downloading Windows 10

In this lecture we are going to create our IT Lab with VirtualBox. This includes creating virtual networking, defining sub nets, and creating and configuring virtual machines.

Building our Lab

In this lecture we are going to Install Windows Server 2016. We will create the local administrator account and rename the computer.

Installing Windows Server 2016

In this lecture we are going to assign static IP address for our Windows Server 2016 VMs.

Configuring IP Addresses for our Servers

In this lecture you are going to learn how to setup a Domain Controller on our ITFDC01 Virtual Machine.

How to Setup a Domain Controller

In this lecture we are going to create a new VM and install Windows 10. The reason why we are doing this is so we can later join the new computer to our Windows Domain and learn how to manage a client computer from SCCM.

Installing Windows 10

Joining our VMs to our SCCM Lab Domain
SCCM Installation
8 Lectures 38:19

In this lesson, you are going to learn how to approve Windows Updates as well as configure auto-approval rules with the WSUS console. We will be completing this lesson from our WSUS server, so if you are not logged in yet go ahead and do so now.

Installing the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) 10

Creating the Required Domain Accounts

In this lecture, we are going to create a System Management Container with ADSI edit and then delegate control of that container to our SCCM server. This lecture is going to be completed from a Domain Controller which in our case is called ITFDC01, so if you are not logged in to your domain controller, please pause this lecture and come back when you have logged in.

Creating the System Management Container on our Domain Controller

In this lecture, we are going to start the downloads for SCCM installation files. These downloads can take quite a while so we will go ahead and start them before we need the files so we can continue to work while the downloads progress.

Downloading System Center Configuration Manager

In this lecture, we are going to extend our Active Directory Schema. To do this we are going to need to extract a script from the SCCM installation that we downloaded earlier and copy that script to our Domain Controller (ITFDC01 in my case).

Extending the Active Directory Schema

In this lecture, we are going to download and install SQL 2016. This is a prerequisite for the System Center Configuration Manager installation. 

Downloading & Installing SQL Server

In this lecture, we are going to rename our server, join it to our domain ( and install all of the server roles and features that are required by SCCM.

Installing the Server Roles required by SCCM

In this lecture, we are going to install System Center Configuration Manager. At the time of this recording the latest version was 1702, don’t worry if you see a newer version the process will be very similar if not the same.

Installing Configuration Manager 2016
Configuration Manager Basics
4 Lectures 27:01

This is an Overview of the System Center Console. Here we will explore the console and the many tasks that can be performed with this amazing software.

SCCM Console Overview

Creating and Managing Administrative Users

Creating Boundary and Boundary Groups

Client and User Discovery Methods

Configuration Manager Basics
7 questions
User and Device Collections
1 Lecture 24:18

User and device collections provides us several ways to organize and group our resources. In this lecture, we demonstrate six common tasks that you can implement in your organization.

Hands-on User and Device Collections Demonstration

User and Device Collections
7 questions
SCCM Client Installation
4 Lectures 45:37
Preparing for Client Installations with Group Policy

Client Push Installation

Manual Client Installation

Deploying the SCCM Client with Group Policy

See if you know enough to deploy the SCCM client in a domain!

Deploying the SCCM Client
6 questions
Application Management
3 Lectures 15:38

The Application Management Overview

Configuration manager provides us the ability to push out applications and installations to our windows PC’s. In this lecture you will learn how to push out applications to a collection.

Creating and Deploying Applications

In this video, you will learn how to monitor the deployment state of an application. The state being whether the deployment was successful, in progress, in error, requirements not met, or unknown. 

Monitoring Applications

Application Management
15 questions
Operating System Deployment
2 Lectures 24:59

In this lecture you will learn how to deploy and Operating System to a VM. Get ready to dig in, there is plenty to learn here.

Operating System Deployment

OSD Summary -Deploying a Windows 10 Image to a VM

O/S Deployment
7 questions
Endpoint Protection
9 Lectures 01:08:09

This lecture is about Network Security, common threats and how to prevent them.

An Overview of Network Security

In this lecture, we will discuss the features and benefits of Endpoint Protection integration.
• Next, we will discuss the SCCM server prerequisites.
• Then we will demonstrate how Endpoint Protection is integrated into System Center Configuration Manager 2016.

Endpoint Protection Server Prerequisites

  • The license for the EP client software is separate from the SCCM license – Just because you are licensed for SCCM does not mean you are licensed for the EP client. This short video will guide you through Microsoft's licensing maze. 
Endpoint Protection Licensing

In this lecture you will learn how to develop an effective plan for your organization.

Then you will gain an understanding of how these individual components integrate together to form a solid security solution.

Endpoint Protection Planning and Integration

In this lecture you will put into practice all that you have learned about server integration.

Endpoint Protection Server Configuration and Installation

In this lecture you will learn about Policies, what they are how they are used in Configuration Manager

Endpoint Protection Policy Overview

In this lecture we will define of the various policy settings available to us in Endpoint Protection.

The Anti-malware Policy Settings Overview

The purpose of this lecture is to demonstrate how to automate the collection of new updates and deliver them to clients.

Configuring an Automatic Deployment Rule (ADR)

In this lecture you will learn exactly how to install EP client on a Windows 10 machine. Here we installed some nasty Trojans and Malware on one of our VM's to test the effectiveness of Windows Defender and the reporting capabilities of Configuration Manager

Endpoint Protection Client Installation

Endpoint Protection
12 questions
About the Instructor
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Paul is an IT Professional with over 8 years of experience currently working as a Network Administrator in contract support of various Federal Agencies in the United States.

Paul began his career by volunteering his computer skills at his local church at the age of 16. He identified a technology problem the church was having and designed a system to fix it . Other IT Professionals at the church encouraged Paul to continue utilizing his skills to gain experience, and emphasized that he should include it on his resume even though his experience wasn't paid.  Based solely on the experience he gained volunteering, a large DoD contracting company hired Paul as an intern.   As his career progressed, Paul moved on to another Large company to work full time.

Paul constantly pushes himself to increase the depth of his knowledge in the field of Information Technology and expand his skill-set, whether on the job or at home. Paul gratefully notes that he “had the blessing of working alongside highly motivated and talented professionals” who continually inspired and pushed him to take challenges head-on, and to make EVERYTHING you can out of opportunities that arise while on the job. His motto is "Any job is what you make of it. You write your own resume and paycheck by your drive to succeed."

Paul's goal on Udemy is to help YOU get an IT job by providing you a basic skill-set. The fact is that most entry level IT jobs (Help Desk) in the NCR are paying only 10k under the median HOUSE HOLD income from just ONE entry level job and a much higher potential to double or triple the median house hold income throughout one's career. The IT field is viewed as very difficult to enter, but if you have a good skill-set and determination to succeed, you WILL get hired!

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Here is some information about my IT background.

  • 28 Years of IT Experience
  • Graduate of Control Data Institute
  • Graduate of Williamsport Area Community College
  • MCSA, MCP, CNE Novell Netware

I have worked with every branch of the military as an IT Engineering Technologist. I have broad based Windows server experience. Including integration of a vast array of hardware and software intended for military and commercial use.

  • Daily I was faced with problems and as part of a dedicated team, engineered solutions for an extensive array of network hardware and software including Windows server, Windows Exchange, Dell and Cisco Switches, Routers and VPN. 
  • Information Assurance – Responsible for the security of all devices on the network - Computers, Servers, switches.