SCCM (Software Center Configuration Manager) is a tool that caters to all your infrastructure management needs, software upgrades, and maintenance activities. Organizations depend on this for all the required maintenance dependencies to be catered to. More about this would be discussed in detail in the following sections and also to understand the need for SCCM certifications for individuals who work with SCCM.
A SCCM Certification is required for an individual working with SCCM from a very close vicinity perspective. This will only enhance the usage of the tool to its fullest potential as it provides deeper understanding about the tool itself. Though this can be achieved without a certification, it would add a lot of weightage per se, if you claim that you are certified by the organization who provides timely updates to these tools themselves.
The expectation from these SCCM certifications is that an individual who is assigned with the related work does it with utmost confidence and performs tasks with utmost care and precision. With the deeper understanding that one has on a tool, comes the better usage of it for all the Organizational needs. If your work deals with SCCM and tasks related to it, then you might want to take up these certifications to ascertain your skills in this competitive world and stay ahead of others.
Out of many certifications that are available on this suite of products, the following two certifications are suggested to be more apt, based on your role within your organization. Let us understand the requirements to these certifications and also the required pre-requisites to these Certifications:
1.(70-703): Administering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Cloud Services Integration
This Certification exam is intended to test your technical skills in accomplishing the following tasks. Each of these topics carry a relative weightage percentage, mentioning how important the topic is for the actual examination. It is obvious that higher this weightage percentage, more questions would be asked on that topic.
This Certification exam is currently in the beta stage and considering that, the pass or fail notification might require around 12 weeks. Should you pass this examination, you’d be given all the credit towards it.
Configure and Maintain a Configuration Manager Management Infrastructure (30-35%):
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Configuring management infrastructure to support devices, distribute content, to use queries and reports, deploy operating systems and finally to manage the whole setup of management infrastructure outlined as below:
Manage Inventory by Using Configuration Manager (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like deploy Configuration manager client and Configure inventory collection, outlined as below:
Manage Applications by Using Configuration Manager (15-20%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Creating and deploying applications, managing virtual applications, managing Microsoft store apps and Microsoft Office 365 apps and Microsoft Store for Business apps, outlined as below:
Deploy and Maintain Operating Systems by using Configuration Manager (15-20%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like deploying operating systems, deploying software updates and managing compliance, access control, outlined as below:
Extend the Management scope of Configuration Manager (5-10%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like implementing support for Internet based clients, devices and on-premise MDM, outlined as below:
Deploy and Manage Hybrid MDM by Using Configuration Manager and InTune (15-20%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like deploying hybrid MDM, enrolling devices in to a hybrid MDM and managing mobile devices in a hybrid MDM, outlined as below:
2.(70-243): Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
This certification tests your skills in accomplishing the following technical tasks on SCCM as an Administrator. Each of the outline topics are further detailed out and provided with an approximate weightage. This weightage denotes how important the topic is for the exam and how many questions you may face from each of these topics based on its weightage.
Design and plan System Center Configuration Manager Infrastructure (10-15%):
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like planning SCCM hierarchy, site system roles, Configuring security, Defining BCP (Business Continuity Plan) outlined as below:
Manage operating system deployment (OSD, 10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Configuring OSD environment, Capturing and building an image, deploying an image, managing images outline as below:
Deploy applications and software updates (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Creating applications, Deploying applications, Monitoring application deployment, Console monitoring, Monitor software updates, Configure FEP clients using SCCM, outlined as below:
Manage compliance settings (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Building a Configuration Item (CI), Monitoring a baseline, outlined as below:
Manage sites (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like managing collections, configuring software updates, monitoring site health, managing site communications, managing boundary groups and managing role-based security, outlined as below:
Manage clients (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like deploying clients, managing client agent settings, managing mobile devices, outlined as below:
Manage inventory (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Managing hardware inventory, software inventory and Monitoring inventory data flow, outlined as below:
Manage reports and queries (10-15%)
This section of the exam concentrates on topics like Build Queries, Reports creation and Managing SSRS, outlined as below:
This should be the easiest question to answer, right? There is always a perception that a certain set of people are required to have these required certifications, but that is not true always.
If your job profile requires that you be interacting with this tool for a good amount of time, even if you are not provided all the privileges and permissions - you can still pursue on these certifications, as these provide the best of the knowledge about the tools themselves. Alongside, it also provides the confidence using these tools without second thoughts. Having the right knowledge to do your job is the first requirement that needs to be met, isn’t it?
Candidates attempting Exam 70-703 are usually Enterprise Desktop Administrators whose major responsibility is to manage, deploy, and maintain PCs and infrastructure. These candidates are required to have at least one year’s experience using System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune. Alongside, they are also required to be strong enough in the concepts of Active Directory, Windows OS.
Candidates attempting Exam 70-243 are SCCM Administrators or Exchange Administrators or Enterprise Desktop Administrator or Active Directory Administrators who have networking and security experience in an Enterprise environment. These candidates should also have basic idea regarding Powershell and SQL Server, Application configuration, and Mobile Device Management.
It is a known fact that an individual can get through any exams with either total preparation or by having a deeper understanding of the subject altogether. Clearing a Microsoft Certification exam is no different from that, but it would require some smart work along with the required hard work. You could follow articles and training provided by MindMajix to get through these Certification examinations with utmost ease. Following are some of the tips that one should follow to get through these certifications with your understanding about the subject.
1.Put a Plan in place:
Starting anything without a clear plan won’t work and the same thing applies for the Microsoft Certifications too. Make a study plan and ensure that you abide by that plan with all your will. You can opt for MindMajix’s SCCM training course for getting easily certified in SCCM. You’ll need to plan based on the difficulty of the topics within a subject and dedicate more time for the difficult ones.
2.Get your required resources:
As mentioned earlier, you may rely on Microsoft training where required and besides that, plan and purchase the required books, study material as well. Most of the topics are covered within this training and books. Alongside that, you can also rely on the study material provided by most of the prestigious institutes as well.
3.Choose amongst the available resources wisely:
Too much of anything always hurts and also can cause confidence issues. Hence there is a requirement for an individual to choose the resources to rely on, wisely. Always rely on the trusted sources for all the certification courses as these are investments for your future endeavors.
4.Choose a practical approach to test your knowledge:
Any training that provides and encourages you to have practical knowledge is what is required. This can be gained from their real-time projects and examples. Simulation-based question and answers can be tried on Microsoft trial and preparatory exams.
5.Read and Revise extensively:
Going through the course once won’t really help you get the concepts well. In addition to the practical training, study and online tutorials - revision is very important. Only this ensures that you get the concepts well and understand properly. During your revision process, you can also prepare notes that will be crisp making note of only those points that are not understood the first time.
6.Follow the mind-map technique:
Remembering information gets way too easier with the mind-map technique. It is very much recommended to follow this to gain a thorough understanding of the modules. It not only allows to remember all these details thoroughly but also allows to remember these visual representations for a longer duration of time. The colors and the figures makes it very easy for the information to be digested quite easily.
7.Practice Practice and Practice:
Thorough practice always enables the learning process to be smooth and also ensures the concepts are understood pretty clear. In this phase, you could attempt more on the practice tests or mock tests to understand the format and also the difficulty levels of the certification examinations. This allows you to gain better understanding on the exam pattern as well.
8.Do the Math always:
If you have gone through the sample tests or mock tests, you wouldn’t deny the fact that the Microsoft Certification exam questions are pretty lengthy. It takes considerable amount of time to read through and understand these questions even before we answer them.
Hence, there is always a need to keep a track on the time that you spend on understanding these questions. The thumb rule is to answer the questions that you know first and attempt those which you don’t know at the end.
9.Acclimatization is always required:
For any of the Microsoft certification examinations, preparation is never complete until you get yourself acclimatized with the subject that revolves around the exam topic. Without the understanding of that, the preparation can never be considered complete.
10.Read Microsoft and think Microsoft:
The examination questionnaire can sometimes be set on a different level of thinking. By this, we mean to say that you should always be able to efficiently think to solve real-time issues. With better understanding of the topics, the certification exams aren’t that tough either.
In this article, we have tried to understand what is SCCM and where does this tool finds its usage in a typical Organization setup. We have gone through in detail about the two best available SCCM certifications that a working professional can get through to have a better understanding of SCCM and to acquire better job opportunities in this field. We also have checked in detail what these certifications would cover as such and provided all the details about them to the best of our knowledge.
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