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SMS 2003 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice) [Paperback]

Greg Ramsey , Warren Byle
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Book Description

September 6, 2006 1590597125 978-1590597125 1

Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 provides a comprehensive solution for managing the Microsoft platform, enabling organizations to proactively manage their environment. SMS 2003 provides key capabilities like

  • Application deployment
  • Asset management
  • Security patch management
  • Remote user management
  • Mobile systems management
  • Integration of people, processes, and technology to help solve specific customer scenarios

SMS 2003 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach provides you with hundreds of quick-reference solutions. It addresses a wide range of problems that all levels of SMS administrators have encountered. Some are simple beginning implementation solutions, while others address high-end automation techniques. The recipes in this book were selected to help you take your SMS environment to a new level of success.

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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 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.

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: #1,965,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for any SMS/Scripter November 21, 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Every SMS 2003 Chef needs this book! April 30, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid resource for under the hood SMS Scripting January 17, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one SMS book -- Get this one... January 12, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a little knowledge this book is a big help 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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