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Get hands-on instruction and practice implementing effective IT Service Management with System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager in this 5-day Microsoft Official Course. System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager provides change management, incident and problem management, release management and service request fulfillment in your organization.
In this course, you will adopt a combination of processes and functions from many different IT Service Management frameworks such as ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) or MOF (Microsoft Operations Framework). You will explore how to configure Incident and Problem Management, configure Service Requests as well as Activity, Change and Release Management while maintaining requirements for corporate standards. You will be instructed on how to configure some of the key new features in Service Manager such as the Service Catalog, Reporting and Analytics, Service Level Management, and the Self-Service Portal. You will examine how to automate and manage business process by integrating Service Manager with Orchestrator. You will be instructed on how to customize Service Manager for your environment and create custom forms to collect and store information from in-house line-of-business applications. You will explore how to troubleshoot Service Manager and how to perform disaster recovery for key Service Manger components. As part of the learning experience, you will perform hands-on exercises in a virtual lab environment. This course is designed for experienced IT professionals who support medium to large enterprises and have experience administering Windows Server 2012. NOTE: This course is based on System Center 2012 R2.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
This course is intended for cloud and datacenter administrators who are new to System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager and are responsible for deploying, configuring and operating it in their cloud or datacenter. This course is also intended for Cloud and datacenter administrators who are already familiar with Service Manager and want to upgrade their skills to include the new features found in System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager.
Before attending this course, students must have:
Module 1: Service Management Overview
Effective IT Service Management includes process-driven methodologies that cover a broad spectrum of IT functions. This can include change management, incident and problem management and release management. Although no organization typically adopts any single IT Service Management methodology most organizations, depending on their size and nature of business will adopt a combination of processes and functions from many different IT Service Management frameworks such as ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library or MOF (Microsoft Operations Framework. In this module you will examine many of the ITIL and MOF best practices and procedures in delivering effective IT Service Management and how System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager can be used to implement them in your organization.
After completing this module, students should be able to:
Module 2: Installing System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
Before installing System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager in any environment there are many factors that you need to consider. Firstly, you need to understand your current IT environment. This includes how many users and computers are in the environment, how many Incidents and Change Requests are raised on a weekly/monthly basis and how many Analysts will be using the Service Manager Console. This information is critical in planning a successful deployment of Service Manager as it will be used to determine the hardware required for the various Service Manager components. Service Manager relies on Microsoft SQL Server to stores it’s operational and data warehouse databases so careful consideration should also be given to the configuration of SQL Server when deploying Service Manager. This includes the disk subsystem, memory and database collation. In this module you will examine the key component and architecture of Service Manager including the hardware and software requirements. You will also explore the security requirements and considerations that should be taken into account before, during and after deploying Service Manager. You will be instructed on how to install the various components of Service Manager including where components can and cannot be shared on the same computer. Finally you will examine how to upgrade an existing System Center Service Manager 2010 environment to System Center 2012 Service Manager.
Lab: Installing System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
Lab: Upgrading to System Center 2012 Service Manager
Module 3: Key Concepts and Features
Before you start to configure Service Manager to meet your requirements it is important that you understand some of the key concepts and features found in the Service Manager Console. This includes Management Packs that are used to store Service Manager Items such as queues, views and groups. You should understand the concept of work items and configuration items including how they can be created and modified in Service Manager. In this module, you will explore many of the key features and concepts that will help you understand how to configure important functions in Service Manager.
Lab: Configuring Service Manager for StockTrader and DinnerNow
Module 4: Configuring Service Manager For Your Environment
In this module you will examine some of the key configuration tasks that should be performed in Service Manager in order to customize it for your environment.
Lab: Configuring Service Manager for Your Environment
Module 5: Integrating Service Manager with the Hybrid Cloud
Connectors in Service Manager provide a key function in populating the Service Manager CMDB. For example, the Operations Manager CI Connector imports discovered objects such as web sites and databases into Service Manger so that they can be added to work items such as Incidents and Change Requests. In addition to the Active Directory and System Center Connectors and Exchange Connector can also be installed in Service Manager to provide integration with Microsoft Exchange Server and allow features such as creating an Incident from an email to be performed. It is important that you understand how to configure these Connectors so that important information relating to your IT environment can be represented in Service Manager appropriately.
Lab: Configuring Connectors in Service Manager
Module 6: Managing Incidents and Problems
Incident and Problem management are two key functions that form part of any Service Management solution. Not only should you understand how Incidents and Problems are configured and managed you also need to understand what constitutes an Incident or a Problem. In this module you will be instructed on how to differentiate an issue that occurs in the IT environment between an Incident and a Problem. You will also explore how to configure Incidents and Problems which includes creating Templates that can be used to auto-populate Incident forms. Finally you will examine how Service Manager Queues and Views can be created to filter Incidents and Problems. These can then be used when configuring User Roles to restrict what Incidents and Problems analysts can view and work on in the Service Manager Console.
Lab: Configuring Incident and Problem Management
Module 7: Managing Changes and Releases
When changes need to occur in the IT environment it is important that they are managed appropriately. The goal of Change Management as described by ITIL is to “ensure that standardized methods and procedures are used for efficient and prompt handling of all changes, in order to minimize the impact of change-related incidents upon service quality, and consequently to improve the day-to-day operations of the organization”. In this module you will be instructed on how Service Manager manages changes in the IT environment by using Change Requests. This includes creating and managing Activities such as Review Activities that are used to approve or reject changes. You will also examine how Release Records are used to group, schedule and develop approved changes.
Lab: Configuring Change and Release Management
Module 8: Configuring and Managing the Service Catalog
Service Request fulfillment is a key function in the Service Management framework. By providing Service Request fulfillment you can align your IT and business strategy and ensure that you deliver business value with IT services. Service Manager provides Service Request fulfillment by using best practice methodologies from both Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) V3. In this module you will explore aspects of Service Request fulfillment within Service Manager with the exception of Service Level Management which is covered in Module 10.
Lab: Configuring Service Requests
Module 9: Automating Business Processes with Orchestrator
When Service Manager and Orchestrator have been integrated the ability to automate business processes in Service Manager is made available. Orchestrator can be used to create, update and manage items in Service Manager and Service Manager can be used to initiate Orchestrator Runbooks. A typical example of automating a business process with Orchestrator would be using it to automatically create a Problem Record in Service Manager when a number of related Incidents have been created. Orchestrator would monitor the Incidents in Service Manager and when a defined number of related Incidents have been created it would create a Problem Record and automatically associate the related Incidents to it. In this module you will explore how Orchestrator and Service Manager can be used to automate business processes.
Lab: Automating IT Processes in Service Manager
Module 10: Configuring Service Level Management
As defined by ITIL the mission statement for Service Level Management is “Plan, coordinate, negotiate, report and manage the quality of IT services at acceptable cost”. To provide effective Service Level Management a number of key activities must be undertaken. In addition to this, an ongoing activity to improve IT services is maintained. This not only helps ensure that service levels are being met but also ensures the business or businesses are satisfied with the level of service they are receiving. In this module you will examine how Service Level Management is implemented in Service Manager.
Lab: Configuring Service Level Management
Module 11: Using Reports and Analyzing Data in Service Manager
Reporting in any IT Service Management solution is a key function that provides a wealth of information. From analyzing Incident trends to reporting on Software Update compliance, data stored in the reporting data warehouse provides a historical view of how your business environment has performed. Service Manager provides a number of standard reports that become available once data from the Service Manager database has been extracted and prepared in the Service Manager Data Warehouse. To facilitate this, a number of Data Warehouse Jobs are used to extract, transform and load the data into the Data Warehouse so that it can be used in reports. It is important you understand how these data warehouse jobs operate including how to troubleshoot jobs that have failed. Similarly, there are a number of OLAP Cubes that can be used to perform advanced analytics on data that has been collected in the data warehouse. It is important you understand how these cubes are processed including how to analyze cube data in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint. In this module you will be instructed on how to run reports in Service Manager including how to manage and maintain the data warehouse jobs and cubes on which reports rely on. Additionally you will explore how to perform advanced analytics on cube data by using Excel and SharePoint.
Lab: Configuring Reports and Analyzing Service Manager Data
Module 12: Advanced Troubleshooting and Disaster Recovery
Over time there may be the need to troubleshoot your Service Manager environment and perform disaster recovery tasks such as restoring the Service Manager databases or recovering from a failed Management Server. In these scenarios it is important that you understand what tools are available to troubleshoot Service Manager and what actions you should take to recover from a disaster. As an example consider the following scenario. Change Managers have reported that when they attempt to approve a Change Request the Approval Activity status does not change to Completed state. Instead the status stays in an In Progress state. In this scenario you should review the status of the Workflows in Service Manager and review the log files for the relevant activity. In this module you will examine some of the advances troubleshooting techniques that are used to resolve problems in Service Manager You will also explore how to perform disaster recovery for failed Service Manager components such as the Service Manager databases.
Lab: Performing Disaster Recovery in Service Manager
Module 13: Creating Forms and Items in Service Manager Using the Service Manager Authoring Tool
In most cases the out-of-box forms included with Service Manager will be sufficient for your day-to-day IT Service Management requirements. However, in some cases you may want to create a custom form to collect information that is not possible with the existing forms. For example, you may have an in-house business application that you want to manage with Service Manager and you want to be able to represent the application’s components in a form when creating an Incident. In this scenario, you can use the Service Manager Authoring Tool to extend the default incident form and customize it with controls such as a label or text box. You can then save this customized form in a new Management Pack for use in Service Manager. In this final module, you will be instructed on how to use the Service Manager Authoring Tool to create new and customized forms in Service Manager.
Lab: Creating Customized Forms by Using the Authoring Tool
This course provides existing .NET developers with practical information and labs that enables them to build solutions on the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform.
After completing this course, students will have been taught information how to:
This course is intended for professional developers who use Microsoft SharePoint 2010 in a team-based, medium-sized to large development environment. Members of the audience are experienced users of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The audience understands how to use the new features of SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010.
Module 1: Introduction to the SharePoint 2010 Development Platform This module describes the SharePoint 2010 development platform and the benefits and features that it offers to developers. Lessons
Lab: Developing with the SharePoint 2010 Object Hierarchy
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Module 2: Using SharePoint 2010 Developer Tools This module describes how to use development tools that are integrated with the SharePoint 2010 development platform, such as Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010. Lessons
Lab: Using SharePoint 2010 Developer Tools
Module 3: Developing SharePoint 2010 Web Parts This module describes how to develop Web Parts for SharePoint 2010 solutions. Lessons
Lab: Creating SharePoint 2010 Web Parts by Using Visual Studio 2010
Module 4: Working with SharePoint Objects on the Server This module describes how to develop code that uses the server-side objects provided by the SharePoint 2010 development platform. Lessons
Lab: Creating and Manipulating Server-Side Objects
Module 5: Creating Event Receivers and Application Settings This module describes how to develop event receivers and manipulate application settings for SharePoint 2010 solutions. Lessons
Lab: Creating Event Receivers and Web.Config Modifications
Module 6: Developing Solutions by Using Business Connectivity Services This module describes how to develop solutions that access external data by using Business Connectivity Services. Lessons
Lab: Building Business Connectivity Services Solutions
Module 7: Developing SharePoint 2010 Workflows This module describes how to develop workflows as part of SharePoint 2010 solutions. Lessons
Lab: Creating Workflows for SharePoint 2010
Module 8: Working with Client-Based APIs for SharePoint 2010 This module describes how to develop code that uses the client-side objects provided by the SharePoint 2010 development platform. Lessons
Lab: Developing .NET Applications by Using the SharePoint Client Object Model
Module 9: Developing Interactive User Interfaces This module describes how to develop server ribbon controls and client dialogs for the new user interface platform of SharePoint 2010. Lessons
Lab: Developing User Interface Components for SharePoint 2010 Solutions
Module 10: Developing Silverlight Applications for SharePoint This module describes how to develop Silverlight applications that are integrated with SharePoint 2010 data and solutions. Lessons
Lab: Developing Silverlight Applications by using the SharePoint Client Object Model
Module 11: Developing Sandboxed Solutions This module describes how to develop sandboxed solutions for SharePoint 2010. Lessons
Lab: Creating Sandboxed Solutions for SharePoint 2010
Module 12: Working with SharePoint Server Profiles and Taxonomy APIs This module describes how to develop code that uses the taxonomic and user profile services of the SharePoint 2010 development platform. Lessons
Lab: Working with User Profiles and Taxonomies Programmatically
Module 13: Developing Content Management Solutions This module describes how to develop code that uses the content management services of the SharePoint 2010 development platform. Lessons
Lab: Branding SharePoint Sites
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