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System Center Configuration Manager RTM: A Lab Installation


Since System Center Configuration Manager has been released, I thought it might be helpful to provide a how-to guide on a lab install of System Center Configuration Manager.  For this lab environment we will install both a Central Administration Point, and a Primary Site.  The instructions assume are familiar with SCCM 2007 and its install.

So many of you may ask why I am installing a CAS for a lab environment.  For this lab I want to experience a full SCCM architecture.  This requires an additional machine (or VM) to host, and likely isn’t needed in all but extremely large environments, but will provide the ability to experience a large design implementation.

Lab Environment – Requirements

  1. A server (or virtual machine) running Server 2008 R2 SP1 for the Central Administration Site (CAS) install.  This will be named BACLEVSCCM12CAS.
  2. A server (or virtual machine) running Server 2008 R2 SP1 for the Primary Site install.  This will be named BACLEVSCCM12.
  3. SQL 2008 R2 Enterprise, SP1, and SP1 CU4.
  4. System Center Configuration Manager RTM media.

Setup – Active Directory

Your AD environment must give Full Control rights to the SCCM Servers to the System\Systems Management AD container.

Setup an AD account called SVC_SCCM which is a member of the Domain Admins Group.  All installs to the servers will use this account.  This is done as a best practice to ensure the SQL and SCCM install is not tied to an individual user.

Install the Central Administration Site on BACLEVSCCM12CAS

Setup – Install SQL on CAS

We will be using SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, with SP1 and SP1 CU4 (not to be confused with the non-sp1 CU4) for our install.  The following options must be enabled in SQL during the install.

  1. Only the Database Engine Services feature is required for site server.
  2. Reporting Services (if you want to add this feature to SCCM, which you do)
  3. I am installing the Management tools so I can manage it locally however as well. Be sure to patch to SP1, and then apply the SP1 CU4 update.

Setup – Server 2008 R2 on CAS

I will be installing on a Server 2008 R2 SP1 system.  The following features (and roles that will be forced because of the features) must be enabled:

  1. .Net 3.5 SP1
  2. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) including Compact Server and IIS Server Extension
  3. Microsoft Remote Differential Compression
  4. IIS 6 WMI Management Compatibility – IIS 6 WMI compatibility

Setup – SCCM Assess Server Readiness on CAS

Login in as the SVC_SCCM account.

Launch Assess server readiness and ensure there are no errors.

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As you can see we have some warnings, but can install.

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Setup – SCCM Install CAS

  1. Launch Installimage
  2. Click Nextimage
  3. Choose to Install a Configuration Manager central administration siteimage
  4. Enter your key or run in evaluation mode.image
  5. If you accept the license terms, continue.image
  6. More license terms, if you accept continue.image
  7. Select a location to download the prerequisites and click next.  This will then download all the necessary files in multiple languages (just in case).  You will wait a while for this to finish.image
  8. Select your Language for the console and reports.image
  9. Select your client languages.image
  10. Setup your Site Code, Site Name, and Install Folder.  Ensure you install the console as well.image
  11. Setup the Database Information (The defaults are perfectly fine).image
  12. Verify the FQDN of the server.image
  13. Feel free to Join the Customer Experience Improvement Program.image
  14. Verify the Settings Summary and continue.image
  15. The prerequisite check will now run again (aren’t we glad we did this first to ensure we pass?)image
  16. The install will then run for a while.image
  17. Your Central Administration Site is now installed!

Install the Primary Site on BACLEVSCCM12

Setup – Install SQL on Primary

We will be using SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, with SP1 and SP1 CU4 (not to be confused with the non-sp1 CU4) for our install.  The following options must be enabled in SQL during the install.

  1. Only the Database Engine Services feature is required for site server.
  2. Reporting Services (if you want to add this feature to SCCM, which you do)
  3. I am installing the Management tools so I can manage it locally however as well. Be sure to patch to SP1, and then apply the SP1 CU4 update.

Setup – Server 2008 R2 on Primary

I will be installing on a Server 2008 R2 SP1 system.  The following features (and roles that will be forced because of the features) must be enabled:

  1. .Net 3.5 SP1
  2. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) including Compact Server and IIS Server Extension
  3. Microsoft Remote Differential Compression
  4. IIS 6 WMI Management Compatibility – IIS 6 WMI compatibility

Setup – SCCM Assess Server Readiness on CAS

Login in as the SVC_SCCM account.

Launch Assess server readiness and ensure there are no errors.

image

As you can see we have some warnings, but can install.

image

Setup – SCCM Install CAS

  1. Launch Installimage
  2. Click Next image
  3. Choose to Install a Configuration Manager primary site (do not select Use typical installation options for a stand-alone primary site)image
  4. Enter your key or run in evaluation mode. image
  5. If you accept the license terms, continue. image
  6. More license terms, if you accept continue.image
  7. Select a location to download the prerequisites and click next (or point it at the files we downloaded on the previous install).  This will then download all the necessary files in multiple languages (just in case).  You will wait a while for this to finish.image
  8. Select your Language for the console and reports.image
  9. Select your client languages.image
  10. Setup your Site Code, Site Name, and Install Folder.  Ensure you install the console as well.image
  11. Enter the Central administration site server (FQDN).image
  12. Setup the Database Information (The defaults are perfectly fine).image
  13. Verify the FQDN of the server.image
  14. Choose Configure the communication method on each site system role and Clients will use HTTPS when they have a valid PKI certificate and HTTPS-enabled site roles are available.image
  15. Setup the management point and distribution point to use HTTP communicationimage
  16. Feel free to Join the Customer Experience Improvement Program.image
  17. Verify the Settings Summary and continue.image
  18. The prerequisite check will now run again (aren’t we glad we did this first to ensure we pass?)image
  19. The install will then run for a while.image
  20. Your Primary Site is now installed!

Future Activities

In future blog posts I will detail configuring the site for use, and migration from an existing SCCM 2007 environment.

David Norling-Christensen
Senior System Architect

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