I had written the white paper to detail the process of setting up SCCM 2012 from basics. Although I am sharing it quite late, but like they say, “Better late than never”. You can get the PDF version of this document from (Click on the below Image):
System Center Configuration Manager 2012
(ConfigMgr or Configuration Manager), formerly Systems Management Server (SMS), is a systems management software product by Microsoft for managing large groups of Windows-based computer systems. Configuration Manager provides remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection, and hardware and software inventory.
SCCM 2012 used in this article was in Beta Phase. It was formerly called V.Next.
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 comprehensively assesses, deploys, and updates servers, client computers, and devices-across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments. Optimized for Windows and tightly integrated with Windows 7, it is the best choice for gaining enhanced insight into and control over IT systems. With up to 70% of a system’s total cost incurred in the form of maintenance, effectively managing a company’s IT infrastructure is one of the best ways to help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). System Center Configuration Manager is used for configuration management globally by more enterprises than any other solution, and helps organizations large and small drive greater efficiency and control.
A lot of pre requisites are required before one actually installs Configuration Manager.
In this white paper, step by step procedure has been given with snapshots to install pre requisites and then install Configuration Manager 2012.
To Setup Configuration Manager:
- Oracle Virtual Box to host the Virtual Machines Lab
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows XP, Vista, 7 Virtual Machine as Client for deploying Applications
- Active Directory setup
- SQL Server 2008
- .net Framework 4.0
- Web Server (IIS) & Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)
- Running EXDASCH
- Setting up ADSI
- Configuring WEBDAV ON IIS 7.5
- Setting up Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI)
- Installing SQL SERVER 977443 KB SERVICE PACK
- Installing two features: Background Intelligent Transfer Service BITS and REMOTE DIFFRENTIAL
- SCCM 2012 V.NEXT
I have installed Server VM with Windows Server 2008 and Client machine with Windows XP. All of the installations defined below will be done on Server. Once SCCM is installed then add Client machine to the Domain using Active Directory.
Launch Windows Server 2008 VM as one has to configure Active directory on the Server
To Set up Active Directory type dcpromo.exe on RUN :