scom 2012 r2 interview questions and answers

Hope this post finds you healthy and fit. I was checking interview questions for SCCM or MECM lately and found that most of blogs have repetitive questions and mostly are outdated. I was part of interview panel myself since years so thought to compile few latest questions for your benefits as per my experience.

SCCM stands for System Center Configuration Manager. Its new name is Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. It is a software management product developed by Microsoft. This tool allows users to manage Windows-based systems.

A central site is the SCCM primary site, which resides at the top of the hierarchy of the configuration manager. The database of the central site collects all the information rolls from child to parent.

Primate site is the one where clients report. It has its own SQL server. It can never be parent of another primary site since SCCM 2012.

Its is site which is used for client management by managing traffic from primary site to client. It should be replaced with distribution point to decrease site hierarchy complexity.

Boundary is a network location containing device which SCCM can manage. It can be based on active directory site name, IP subnet, an IP address range, or IPv6 Prefix.

SCCM provides you control and flexibility for example pushing updates is not possible through WSUS where it is pull from clients.

Microsoft release SCCM new version few times a year. They are called current branch or CB.

It is group of sequence of action we need to perform on client. It is mostly used for operating system deployment and sometime for application and patch deployment.

Co-management is the way to manage clients through SCCM and Intune simultaneously. This is done by transferring some workloads to Intune.

Phased deployment is way to deploy task sequence, applications or patches in phases. For example, first to pilot and based on success percentage to production devices in waves.

Applications have additional benefits such as dependencies, requirement rules, detection methods, and user device affinity. Application provides additional user centric functionality by creating deployment types.

Earlier we used to use tools like SCUP. Third party updates are now inheritedly supported in SCCM. New features are added from SCCM 1910.

ADR is predefined setting to create software update group automatically with other settings as deployment schedule and deployment package.

Autopilot is way to automate and preconfigure Windows 10 machines. It can also be used to reset and recover devices.

Azure AD is AD service on cloud which is used to provide identity service to cloud based product as Microsoft 365, Azure and Intune.

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM).

Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) is the new offering from Microsoft which includes Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager, Desktop Analytics, co-management, and Windows Autopilot.

Pull DP are the DPs whose content source is another DP like clients. It reduces the burden of site server and can be utilized for better content management.

RBAC or Role based administration control is used to ensure user can view and work only on the parts for which he has permission.

Compliance settings gives the tools and resources to manage the configuration and compliance of devices. You can configure a baseline and ensure clients are compliant to it.

Microsoft Defender ATP helps to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on networks. SCCM can be used to onboard and monitor Windows 10 clients.

To help you prepare for your SCOM 2019 interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

SCOM 2019 was written by William Swansen and updated on March 28th, 2020. Learn more here.

Do you believe OMS will fully replace SCOM at some point in the future?

  • How to Answer
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  • Yet another question in which the interviewer is asking you to project what a third party company will do in the future. The better you can answer these questions, the more you will demonstrate your expertise in this area and differentiate yourself from other applicants. It may be wise to review the Microsoft help forums, and official pages for SCOM 2019 before the interview to better prepare yourself for these types of questions.

    “It is well known that Microsoft has been gathering customer interest around this topic. There is a consensus that customers would like to leverage their current investment in OMS for alerting and reporting capabilities currently offered by SCOM. I do believe that this will occur in the future, but how long that will be is difficult to know.”

    “There are many customers who currently use both OMS and SCOM 2019 to monitor their IT infrastructure. While these two tools integrate well, it still requires multiple licenses and additional management overhead to use both of them, In my opinion, Microsoft will soon combine the functionality of these two tools into a single product.”

    Background Intelligent Transfer Service or BITS available in SCCM allows the data transfers to use only the existing bandwidth. It does not obstruct the network while distributing information to clients.

    Software metering is used for monitoring and collecting data related to the use of the software on the various clients of CM.

    Network discovery mode searches network infrastructure for network devices having an IP address. It allows users to find devices that are not found by other searching methods, including bridges, routers, and printers.

    A central site is the SCCM primary site, which resides at the top of the hierarchy of the configuration manager. The database of the central site collects all the information rolls from child to parent.

    A deployment share in SCCM is a repository for the OS s, applications, language packs, and device drivers. They can be deployed to the target machine.

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