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Installing System Center Configuration Manager v.Next/2012 (Beta1)

Notice I did say 2012. That’s because, just in case you didn’t know that is the official name for SCCM v.Next announced in TechEd Europe just a couple of weeks back. In this article I would like to walk through the installation of Configuration Manager v.Next (excuse me if I still call it that way). Here are the pre-requisites I have before beginning the install.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update 6
  • .Net Framework 4.0
  • WSUS 3.0 SP2
  • Remote Differential Compression
  • BITS
  • Webdav Publishing

Honestly, the installation isn’t a whole lot different from the previous versions. Just like the previous version of Configuration Manager you might want to download the pre-requisites before hand. I’m not talking about things like .Net Framework and SQL, I’m referring to the client pre-requisites. In case you don’t already know, you can do this from a command line. Browse to where the setup.exe file is located on the DVD and then run setup.exe /download <path>. Example would look like this.

setup.exe /download C:\PrereqSCCM

Unlike the previous version, this one has far less number of files; only 13 files to be exact. But in no way is smaller in size. Some of the files being downloaded are like the .Net Framework 4.0 Client, SQL Express and Silverlight. Uh huh. Yup! The total size comes up to about 191MB. So it is very much recommended to pre-download this ahead of time.

Before you begin and just like its predecessor, you should extend the Active Directory schema. To do this, simply run the extadsch.exe.

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After that is done, check its success by checking the log located on the C:\ExtADSch.txt

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Now you can start the installation. Simply start the splash.hta.

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This will bring the splash screen. To begin just click the Install.

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Click Next on the Welcome Screen

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Select the Install a Configuration Manager Primary Site server, then click Next.

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Click to accept the EULA, then click Next.

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This is where you life is easy if you’ve pre-downloaded the client pre-requisites. Simply point to the location where you saved it and then choose The latest updates have already been downloaded to an alternate path. Click Next.

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Here it will request for a Site Code and Site Name, nothing alien here. Click Next.

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Choose Primary site will be installed as a standalone site. Basically unless you’re gonna have a hierarchy with a Central Administration Site (CAS) server and only gonna have a single Primary Site server, that’s the option you should pick. Click Next.

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Choose the Mixed Mode, then click Next. We won’t cover Native Mode here.

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Leave it as defaults, click Next.

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Click Next.

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If you’ve done you homework well, you’ll breeze through this. But if not, follow the steps to address the pre-requisites that you missed out. Click Next.

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And that’s almost it. It’s gonna take about 30 minutes from here onwards depending on the performance of the machine you are installing it on.

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You’re done! Click the Finish button and let’s get started!

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Enjoy!!!

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