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System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0672334368
ISBN-10: 0672334364
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System Center Service Manager 2010 offers enterprises a complete, integrated platform for adopting and automating service management best practices, such as those found in ITIL and Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). Now, there’s a comprehensive, independent reference and technical guide to this powerful product.

 

A team of expert authors offers step-by-step coverage of related topics in every feature area, organized to help IT professionals quickly plan, design, implement, and use Service Manager 2010. After introducing the product and its relationship with the rest of Microsoft’s System Center suite, the authors present authoritative coverage of Service Manager’s capabilities for incident and problem resolution, change control, configuration management, and compliance. Readers will also find expert guidance for integrating Service Manager with related Microsoft technologies.

 

This book is an indispensable resource for every IT professional planning, installing, deploying, and/or administering Service Manager, including ITIL, MOF, and other IT consultants; system administrators; and developers creating customized solutions.

 

• Understand Service Manager’s architecture and components

• Discover how Service Manager supports ITIL and MOF processes

• Accurately scope and specify your implementation to reflect organizational needs

• Plan to provide redundancy, ensure scalability, and support virtualization

• Design, deploy, and maintain Service Manager with security in mind

• Use Service Manager’s consoles and portals to provide the right resources to each user

• Create complete service maps with Service Manager’s business services

• Fully automate incident management and ticketing

• Implement best processes for identifying and addressing root causes of problems

• Systematically manage the life cycle of changes

• Use Service Manager to strengthen governance, risk management, and compliance

• Customize Service Manager’s data layer, workflows, and presentation layer

• Use management packs to simplify service desk customization

• Make the most of Service Manager’s reporting and dashboards

About the Author

Kerrie Meyler, MVP, is the lead author of numerous System Center books in the Unleashed series, including System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed (2008), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Unleashed (2009), System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed (2010), and System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed (2011). She is an independent consultant and trainer with more than 15 years of Information Technology experience. Kerrie was responsible for evangelizing SMS while a Sr. Technology Specialist at Microsoft, and has presented on System Center technologies at TechEd and MMS.

 

Alexandre Verkinderen, MVP, is a Principal Consultant and trainer at Infront Consulting Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Alexandre is an industry expert in the systems management area, and actively consults to large organizations helping them architect, implement, configure, and customize System Center technologies by integrating them into their business processes. Alexandre founded the System Center Users Group Belgium and was a contributing author for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed (Sams, 2010). Alexandre was an early tester in the Service Manager 2010 TAP.

 

Anders Bengtsson is a Microsoft senior premier field engineer, focusing on System Center. He was involved in the Service Manager TAP with one of the largest Service Manager TAP customers. Anders has written a number of System Center training courses, including the Service Manager and Operations Manager advanced courses for Microsoft Learning. Before joining Microsoft, Anders was a Microsoft MVP from 2007-2010 for his work in the System Center community, including more than 10,000 posts in news groups and forums. Anders has presented and worked at numerous Microsoft conferences and events, including Microsoft Techdays and Microsoft TechEd EMEA.

 

Patrik Sundqvist is a senior consultant working as a solution architect, focusing on developing automated solutions for IT processes on the System Center platform. Since the early beta of Service Manager, Patrik has worked with the Service Manager product team to develop community solutions for Service Manager. Over the past eight years, Patrik has developed custom System Center solutions for some of Europe’s largest companies. Patrik was also one of the authors of the level 400 Service Manager course for Microsoft Learning. He often speaks at Microsoft events and is a member of the Microsoft Extended Expert Team.

 

David Pultorak, ITIL Expert (V3), ITIL Manager (V2), MCSE, MCP, MCT, and CTT, is founder and principal consultant of Acceleres, specializing in Microsoft® System Center Service Manager and Orchestrator implementation and training, and Pultorak & Associates, specializing in IT Service Management implementation and training. David is a recognized leader in the field of IT Service Management with more than 24 years of IT experience. He has contributed to ITIL® (V2), MOF, and COBIT. His most recent books are Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0 (Van Haren 2008), System Center Service Manager Unleashed (SAMS 2011), and the ITIL® V3 Foundation Exam Study Guide (Van Haren 2012). His articles have appeared in periodicals from Data Center Magazine to Directors Monthly, and his work has been featured on nearly every leading industry portal including BetterManagement, Data Center Management, Support World, and ITSMwatch. Mr. Pultorak is a regular and passionate speaker at national and international IT events including AFCOM, AITP, CMG, HP Software Forum, HP World, HDI, itSMF, PMI, SHARE, and SIM. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (August 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672334364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672334368
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. In my opinion it should be considered a "must-have" book for any user or administrator of Service Manager 2010.

The book goes into great detail explaining how Service Manager works, installation, and how to use the individual pieces, such as Incident Management, Change Management, and and workflows, and some of the basic configuration you can make to the system.

What I found really impressive, and really helpful, were the chapters on customization. There are sections on creating you own custom CI items, custom forms to go along with thsoe CI items, and using Visual Studio to create custom forms. The Visual Studio section in particular was extremely well-written and easy to understand.

There is also great information on creating custom workflows, including an end to end example of how to create a custom workflow and tie it back into Change Management.

Finally, the book does a good job of explaining the new management pack schema, and how type projections work. Type projections are a critical feature in Service Manager that not very many people know about, and the book does a good job of introducing you to type projections and how they work.

Overall, this book is worth its cost if you are using or administering Service Manager. Don't hesitate to pick it up. I purchased it for Kindle (my first technical eBook).
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