Getting Started with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Getting started with Configuration Manager can be a daunting task; it's hard to know where to start. Back when I was doing support on the phones, I remember getting calls from folks brand new to Configuration Manager and anxious to ramp up quickly. So below, I've listed a couple of resources that will help you build a starting point that will make digging into the more detailed information material easier.
08 Nov 2013
TechNet: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Documentation
This is the official documentation set for Configuration Manager 2012. While I don't know if I would start with a deep dive into the whole set right away, you should definitely start by taking a good look around and getting generally familiar with the information that is here. You're going to come back to this material a lot, once you're up and running. There are some good getting started topics in the official documentation, though probably not the concise product overview that you'll want to start with - for that take a look at some of the other resources I've listed, and then come back here for more details.
Video: System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Overview, Wally Mead
Learn from the 'official' training guru for Configuration Manager, Wally Mead. This video is a little over an hour long and is a very good overview Configuration Manager. If happen across a video of Wally presenting, you'll want to put that high of your 'to do' list - Wally has been trains the engineering team here at Microsoft, so you know he knows his stuff.
Article: Introduction to Configuration Manager 2012 (Part 1 of 8) by Scott D. Lowe
A nice introduction to Configuration Manager which includes screenshots along the way. This is a nice overview of the product and gives a nice flavor of the Configuration Manager interface. There are actually 8 parts to the this article, but it's a fairly quick read with a lot of value for the time spent.
Hands On Lab: Introduction to Microsoft System Center 2012 - Configuration Manager
With some conceptual background, now it's time to get your hands dirty. This virtual lab is a great starting point and walks through using a Configuration Manager site. Save the lab instructions and take notes along the way. This is only one of many virtual labs available. You may want to dig deeper in the specific feature(s) that you'll be implementing in your environment. Other hands on labs include: Role Based Administration, Hierarchy Install, Settings Management, Application Management, Content Management, Managing Clients, OSD Bare Metal, Basic Software Distribution, Advanced Software Distribution, Software Updates and Endpoint Protection. To get the most out of these labs, you need to have a established a little understanding of Configuration Manager (so review the video and article mentioned above).
Book: Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
It can be comforting to have some printed material around - try 'Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager' or do a search on you favorite book resellers site and pick one of the other excellent Configuration Manager books that are available.
Forum: Configuration Manager 2012 Forums
You are not alone! There is a lot of help 'out there' - start by poking around in the Microsoft forums.