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Training – Microsoft SCCM & SCOM exam preperation bootcamp

This week am attending SCOM & SCCM bootcamp exam preparation training with one of our close associates, Ashley Lawrence. Ashley has been involved with The Full Circle ( since its beginnings in 2002-03. Ashley & I had worked together (you’ll have to look at my linkedin profile) prior to this, and have succesfully continued to work on various projects together since even though he is now based in Qatar!

Anyway, this week rather than work, work, work, it’s train, exam, train, exam, the details of which are below:

Systems Center Specialisation - Exam Preparation Bootcamp - (SCOM and SCCM)

Event Title: 44HOL003 – Systems Center Specialisation – Exam Preparation Bootcamp – (SCOM and SCCM)

Exam 70-400: TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring




Exam 70-401: TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring


44HOL003 – Systems Center Specialisation – Exam Preparation Bootcamp – (SCOM and SCCM)

We did the SCCM on the Wednesday afternoon, and fortunately most of what we were told must have sunk in as we both passed with flying colours! :-), we came to following conclusions to appraise…

SCCM Exam – in the context of the course, totally applicable, relevant, etc. but then it should be as the ‘course’ was a bootcamp designed to pass the current exam – as usual for a Microsoft exam quite a lot of poorly worded questioning more about one’s ability to read the question rather than test the subject matter.


SCCM Course – (i.e. an exam prep bootcamp) it did exactly what it set out to do – increase the numbers of certified SCCM partners (and therefore MCP’s) in the market, by passing the exam (see above re: exam vis-à-vis course), however I’d hope that the full blown course has more real-world examples, and more engaging labs, such as grouping/teaming delegates into sub-groups to work together on real world scenarios e.g. multiple secondary sites distributing and reporting on secondary site level client distributions, etc. to bring everyone together. Obviously the aforementioned example further alienates the smaller shops who don’t run or need multi-level hierarchies, but you get my drift – the labs are weak!

Firdous Gangat & Dave Allen – Firdous & David really made the difference to this course material, which alone would have been quite poor (labs anyway).  Their knowledge added 1000% to its value, this said it did what it said on the tin as I passed both the SCCM & SCOM exams during the week as planned.

heating probems during the week (lack of cooling) caused some problems and some of the kit is quite old (ML310 G1, didn’t really have the horsepower for virtualised SCOM!), when ML110-G5’s came down to £100 someone should have snapped them up!


A well deserved beer at the end of the course, but not for me 😦 my beers scheduled for after the SCOM...


This 5 day instructor-led course will help students prepare for Microsoft exam 70-400 on Configuring Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, and Microsoft exam 70-401 on Configuring Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. The course focuses on the domains covered on each exam.


The course will include lecture and demonstrations by the instructor, hands-on labs for the students, and tips on how to effectively prepare for a Microsoft certification exam. 
Intended Audience:
Systems Integrators, Gold Partners – Technical Audience


Students should have a minimum of one year of experience with:
Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 or System Center Operations Manager 2007 including configuring distributed applications, using PowerShell, and configuring and deploying Management Packs.
Systems Management Server (SMS) or Configuration Manager 2007 including deploying and managing software and hardware assets.
Active Directory and the Windows server system.


The equivalent knowledge may be gained by completing the one or more of the following courses:
Microsoft Instructor Led course 50028: Managing System Center Operations Manager 2007, or Microsoft E-Learning Collection 3386: Implementing Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 and Microsoft Instructor Led Course 6451: Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007
This 5 day instructor-led course will help students prepare for Microsoft exam 70-400 on Configuring Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, and Microsoft exam 70-401 on Configuring Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007.


Part 1 System Center Operations Manager 2007 Exam 70-400
Configuring System Center Operations Manager 2007
Configure notification.
Manage roles.
Configure System Center Operations Manager options.
Discover and deploy agents within a trusted Active Directory forest.
Discover and deploy agents to systems not using Active Directory.
Use the Computer and Device Management Wizard
Implement profiles and user roles for Exchange Server
Configure objects for Maintenance mode


Deploying and Configuring Management Packs
Import a Management Pack.
Configure overrides.
Create a self-tuning threshold.
Migrate a Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack to System Center Operations Manager 2007.
Configure diagnostics and recoveries for a rule or a monitor.
Verify conversion of MOM 2005 management packs to SCOM 2007
Create and modify a self-tuning threshold monitor
Building and Deploying Custom Management Packs
Configure security options.
Configure discovery for Management Packs.
Create monitors and rules.
Create a distributed application.
Create a synthetic transaction.
Create rules with overrides for specific server roles
Customize Management Packs by creating monitors and related tasks
Create synthetic transaction monitors to check application performance and connectivity
Create a relationship to show a dependency between applications
Maintaining System Center Operations Manager
Maintain a System Center Operations Manager infrastructure.
Create views.
Create tasks.
Fail over from Root Management Server (RMS).
Back up and restore System Center Operations Manager.
Manage and maintain reports.
Create a Dashboard view and a State view
Create a scheduled task using PowerShell
Create a console task and diagnostic task
Configure data retention settings
Configuring Client Monitoring
Configure Audit Collection Service (ACS).
Configure Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM).
Configure Collective Client Monitoring (CCM).
Configure Business Critical Client Monitoring (BCCM).
Agentless Exception Monitoring—create and configure filters
Configure Client Monitoring Wizard
Create BCCM monitors for Windows clients
Use ACS to monitor domain controllers
Part 2 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Exam 70-401
Deploying a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) Server
Set up and configure an Active Directory schema.
Migrate from an SMS 2003 hierarchy to SCCM 2007.
Configure an SCCM hierarchy.
Set up and configure security accounts.
Configuring an SCCM Infrastructure
Configure client agents.
Configure site boundaries.
Configure core site system roles.
Configure discovery methods.
Configure client installation.
Configure SCCM infrastructure for Internet-based client management.
Configure Active Directory discovery method
Specify a boundary for dial up clients
Use VB script to specify download settings
Managing Resources
Build an SCCM collection by using queries.
Meter software usage.
Manage assets.
Manage inventory flow.
Manage client agents.
Create a query membership rule collection.
Create a query-based collection rule using WBEM Query Language
Create custom attributes in Active Directory and build a collection based on that attribute.
Create a PowerShell script that executes an action.

Distributing Applications
Manage packages.
Manage programs.
Manage advertisements.
Schedule distribution.
Track success and failure rates for distribution.
Manage distribution points.
Use the Copy Packages Wizard to duplicate a package
Create a program dependency
Deploying Operating Systems
Capture a reference computer image.
Manage task sequences.
Configure site system roles related to deploying operating systems.
Deploy operating system packages.
Customize user state migration.
Deliver applications.
Create update lists.
Deploy an operating system to a secondary site
Create a PXE service point
Migrate user state

Securing a Network Infrastructure
Configure Network Access Protection (NAP).
Maintain NAP.
Migrate from Inventory Tool for Microsoft Update (ITMU) to Windows Software Update Services (WSUS).
Deploy software updates.
Manage vulnerability compliance.
Enable software update management.
Create deadlines for update deployment
Configure maintenance windows

Managing and Maintaining an SCCM Infrastructure
Manage system health.
Configure automatic maintenance tasks.
Create custom reports.
Maintain clients.
Manage systems by using configuration management.
Manage Wake on LAN.
Import and export Collections, Reports, and Queries.
Generate alerts for distribution points.





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