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ISBN-13: 978-1590597125 ISBN-10: 1590597125 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Greg Ramsey, a Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" for Systems Management Server (SMS), has been working with SMS and desktop deployment since 1998. He works for Dell, Inc., in Austin, Texas as an SMS administrator. He has extensive knowledge in VBScript, WMI, ADSI, SMS Installer, Wise Package Studio, and Visual Basic .NET. Prior to 1998, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer sciences and engineering from The Ohio State University. Greg is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and he is a columnist for myITforum.com. He is also cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the creator of SMSView .

Warren Byle is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and has been working with Systems Management Server (SMS) for the last seven years. He works at Grange Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, as an SMS engineer. He is cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and serves as chairman.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597125
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,692,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Crumbaker on November 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book with a great approach to problem solving within SMS 2003.

Greg and Warren do a very indepth step by step guide to SMS 2003.

The approach this book takes is simply amazing and well thought out. If you need to find a specific example, it is more than likely covered in this book. If you want to read the book from cover to cover, it flows extremely well from topic to topic.

Buy this book, along with SMS 2003 Administrator's Reference (ISBN: 0471749508) for all your SMS 2003 needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Muhammed on October 27, 2006
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My job sent me to the SMS training plus I purchased 2 books that didn't help me with troubleshooting. I was even calling Microsoft for support they did little help as well.

If you are administering SMS this is a MUST book! I always look at it for a reference now i am finally confident in administering SMS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Thompson on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been working with Microsoft SMS products for years. Unfortunately, SMS 2003 is a very complex product that takes time to master. After exchanging emails for a couple of years (it seems) I'm glad to have finally met Greg at a recent conference and that he asked me to review a copy of his book.

After reading some of the reviews for Greg's and Warren's book; `SMS 2003 Recipes - A problem-Solution Approach", I can only conclude that some bought this book for the wrong reasons. Rather than comment on any of the wrong reasons; I'd like to comment on what I liked about this book and how SMS Administrators can take their craft to a new level.

What I liked:

- The authors covered the basics of using VBScript to communicate with SMS and managing SMS tasks with VBScript. Discussion of coding best practices, and of interfacing with WMI are key items to cracking the coding mysteries of SMS 2003.

- The overall format of the book is well done; Problem/task statement, how to solve problem through the SMS 2003 MMC, then how to solve/automate the problem/task statement through code.

- Each section of SMS 2003 administration is covered in detail, from automation of site property settings to automation of advertisements.

- Index is excellent - since I do not usually work in a "linear" manner, it's nice to be able to quickly locate a topic and find more information.

- The chapter on building a Virtual SMS lab. While this topic may seem out of place at first in a "recipes" book, I can tell you first hand the importance of testing any code based solution in a lab environment before releasing these changes in production!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry L. Kissinger on September 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
All I can say is "Wow". Excellent approach to everything SMS. I like the concept, the problem/solution format, the "discussion" sections that will help a newbie understand why they might want or need that function, and the references directing the reader to additional resources. Obviously, I haven't read it cover to cover (it's hard to read vbscript verbatim unless you really need to...), but just browsing through it I'm totally impressed. When I get questions from techs in the company I support, or threads on discussion boards, I'll probably be replying... "did you check out chapter x, section y in SMS2003 Recipes yet? The solution is right there...

I'm going to keep this copy at home; and make work buy a copy for me to keep at my desk!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Britt (Systems Management IT Consultant) on January 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very detailed when it came to the scripting aspects of SMS. A little creativity , an HTA front end and these scripts and you could have a very advanced SMS environment. I also liked the drill in on the ITMU screens to show someone that is initially installing it, what to expect.

The only drawback for this book in my opinion was the lack of OSD (Operating System Deployment) Feature Pack information. There is a paragraph that discusses it but not much more. However, this being a problem solution approach to SMS I am not surprised OSD isn't covered in depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve P. Bobosky on January 12, 2007
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This is the best book I have seen about SMS since SMS 1.2 (what 10 years ago?). I've working with SMS for over 8 years including 4 years at Microsoft and recently as a consultant. I recommend this book to all my customers who are just getting started with SMS as it walks them through basic tasks like how to create collection and so on. As you get used to SMS and want to do more sophisticated things, this book is right with you as it has vbscript examples for almost everything it describes doing through the GUI.
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