Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook – Book Review

After reading Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager Cookbook I’ve managed to read another book about System Center 2012 component from the same publishing company. In front of my eyes was Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook.

Author of the book are Brian Mason and Greg Ramsey. Both are well respected System Center Configuration Manager specialists. The book follows the same style like the SCSM 2012 Cookbook so SCCM 2012 is introduced in series of mini guides (called by Packt Publishing practical recipes) that will show you how to do certain tasks in order to administer the System Center component. In fact the book is focused only in administering SCCM 2012 and the title infers that. If you expect to learn something about designing SCCM 2012 environment you should find another book. The book is divided in 8 chapters which cover only the basics of CM 2012. If you are looking for a book that will explain the architecture of CM 2012 than this book is not for you. This book is a more practical book and than theoretical. If you are looking for more theoretical information you can find it in Technet Library. In the book you will find step by step guides on administrative tasks in CM 2012. The length of the book is 208 pages but that is because there are not so many screenshots which is may be a good thing because that way the book drives you to try the software product while reading the book and test the mini guides. Even though I am reading and trying CM 2012 features for a long time I’ve managed to learn and try new things described in the book simply because Configuration Manager is a big product with a lot of features.

I can recommend this book to engineers who just start with Configuration Manager 2012 but of course before actually reading this book it is best to get to know the product by reading Technet Library. CM 2012 is the most well document System Center component of the family. I can also recommend this book to SCCM 2007 administrators who just start to learn about the new features of SCCM 2012.

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