Learn SCCM 2012 R2 in a Month of Lunches – Early Access Now Available!

Those of you who have been kind enough to keep one eye on my blog whilst engaging in your busy lives may have noticed that things have been a little quiet on jamesbannanit.com recently.  The vTumbleweed (or iDust, if you prefer) has been blowing gently across the pages, so to speak.

Apart from a large amount of preparation for TechEd Australia and New Zealand, the main reason for the radio silence has been that I’ve been flexing the authoring tendons to have a crack at my very first book – Learn SCCM 2012 R2 in a Month Of Lunches. 🙂

The publishers, Manning Publications, run a great program called the Manning Early Access Program (or MEAP) where you can buy into the book and access it chapter by chapter as it’s being written, and I’m very pleased to be able to announce that the first three chapters of Learn SCCM 2012 R2 in a Month Of Lunches MEAP is now available!

It’s a great pleasure to be able to contribute to the excellent Month Of Lunches series of books and to be writing about the latest and greatest version of Configuration Manager. There will be plenty of updates and announcements over the coming weeks and months, including some special pricing, so stay tuned 🙂

4 comments to Learn SCCM 2012 R2 in a Month of Lunches – Early Access Now Available!

  • Garry

    Hi James,
    Garry from Canberra here. Almost 60 sysadmin, ex-Unix now Windows struggling with SCCM, MDT, etc. Thanks for the great book (MEAP). I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole book and appreciate your efforts in putting it together.

    A favour if I may – I have just installed 2012R2 hierarchy (before getting your book unfortunately). I need to get up to speed with the whole MDT2013, SCCM12R2, OSD process of building a reference image and deploying it to workstations. Can you recommend any existing and hopefully easy to follow (like your book) documentation that might assist me?

    Kind Regards,

    • James Bannan

      Hi Garry. Glad you’re finding the book useful 🙂 I’m actually tackling OSD in the next couple of chapters, so you’ll see an update to the MEAP soon with all that content covered. Cheers, James

  • techieg

    Building a OS image is something separate from its deployment using MDT. The best way is to build a virtual image in Hyper-V (so you can update the virtual image as needed each time), shut it down, make a copy of the VM which you will use for future VM updates, then turn on the original VM again to seal and capture an image. Import the captured image into MDT, set up your desired task sequences, do test deployments to ensure that all goes well, tweak what did not as desired then you have an MDT/WDS deplyoment environment. I know this is quite vague but you can get some more specific details online.

  • Matt

    Hi James,
    I bought the “Learn SCCM In a MOL” book recently thinking it was for SCCM ver.2016 but it turned out to be 2012 R2.
    Is there an update to the book, mainly to the instructions and software used in HydrationPack?
    I followed the instructions and populated the software as accurately as possible, updated the material and the scrips where applicable but as soon as run the “update media” it fails with a generic error “Unable to open the specified WIM file”.
    Is this due to something simple that I am overlooking?
    After a few days invested in your automation method, I am ready to do it the hard way because I am at my wit’s end.
    Thank you.

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