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SMS 2003 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice) Paperback – September 6, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1590597125 ISBN-10: 1590597125 Edition: 1st

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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: 1.3 x 6.9 x 9.2 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: #2,200,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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If you are administering SMS this is a MUST book!
R. Muhammed
I also liked the drill in on the ITMU screens to show someone that is initially installing it, what to expect.
Jim Britt (Systems Management IT Consultant)
I will probably be looking at more used book purchases thanks to this experience.
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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 24, 2006
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My boss told me we were going to purchase sms to run with our domain. So I started buying several books to help. This is the first book that started me out from the beginning and took me all the way to the end in terms I could understand.

I found the examples relavant and helpful all the way through the book.

Anyone who has to administer sms should start with this book.
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