SCCM 2012 RC2 Part 1
Author: Niall C. Brady Editor: Brian Thorp

If you've been following my previous series of guides on System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 1 and Beta 2, then you'll know where this is going, we are going to install System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Release Candidate from scratch and configure it, use it, test it, learn it. This is Part 1 of a series, to see the entire list please see this index. Technet Recommended Reading:Release Notes for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Release Candidate http://technet.micro...y/hh508784.aspx Fundamentals of Configuration Manager - http://technet.micro...y/gg682106.aspx Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager - http://technet.micro...y/gg682077.aspx Planning for Configuration Manager Sites and Hierarchy - http://technet.micro...y/gg682075.aspx Getting Started with Configuration Manager 2012 - http://technet.micro...y/gg682144.aspx What’s New in Configuration Manager - http://technet.micro...y/gg699359.aspx Planning for Site Systems in Configuration Manager - http://technet.micro...y/gg712282.aspx Install Sites and Create a Hierarchy for Configuration Manager http://technet.micro...y/gg712320.aspx Technical Reference for Site Communications in Configuration Manager http://technet.micro...y/gg712990.aspx Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012 http://technet.micro...y/gg682006.aspx Frequently Asked Questions for Configuration Manager - http://technet.micro...y/gg682088.aspx

Site Types
Configuration Manager 2012 introduces the central administration site and some changes to primary and secondary sites. The following tables summaries these sites and how they compare to sites in Configuration Manager 2007.

Central administration site
The central administration site coordinates intersite data replication across the hierarchy by using Configuration Manager database replication. It also enables the administration of hierarchy-wide configurations for client agents, discovery, and other operations. Use this site for all administration and reporting for the hierarchy. Although this is the site at the top of the hierarchy in Configuration Manager 2012, it has the following differences from a central site in Configuration Manager 2007:
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Does not process client data. Does not accept client assignments. Does not support all site system roles. Participates in database replication

Primary site
Manages clients in well-connected networks. Primary sites in Configuration Manager 2012 have the following differences from primary sites in Configuration Manager 2007:
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Additional primary sites allow the hierarchy to support more clients. Cannot be tiered below other primary sites. No longer used as a boundary for client agent settings or security. Participates in database replication.

Secondary site
Controls content distribution for clients in remote locations across links that have limited network bandwidth. Secondary sites in Configuration Manager 2012 have the following differences from secondary sites in Configuration Manager 2007:  SQL Server is required and SQL Server Express will be installed during site installation if required.  A proxy management point and distribution point are automatically deployed during the site installation.  Secondary sites can be tiered to support content distribution to remote locations.  Participates in database replication. The Domain Controller (AD1) is running Server 2008 R2. I may write up that process in the future).php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step Once done I joined it to my domain (SERVER2008R2). The SCCM 2012 RC server for this lab has a C: partition (OS) and 150GB D: partition (DATA).php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . Create the Lab Environment We are going to create a Standalone Primary Site in our LAB (creating a CAS and then another Primary is a bit more work. verified DNS was working correctly via nslookupand was ready to begin the steps below. and is hosting the DHCP server and DNS roles. http://www.http://www. I chose to install Windows Server 2008 R2 standard as the server OS for SCCM 2012 RC. and to start off with I re-used/recycled my lab from Beta 2 by applying the day 1 snapshots effectively giving me a blank activated AD and blank SCCM 2012 server with the Operating System ready and activated. This is a huge advantage of doing labs in a virtual environment. so let's get started.

a domain user for reporting services. a domain user * DomJoin.(for joining computers to the domain) * ReportsUser. This user must be a local administrator on computers you want to install the Configuration Manager * SCCMNAA.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . a domain user * Testuser3. namely: * a domain user. a domain user used when installing the Configuration Manager Client for Client Push. a domain user.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Create AD users: Note: Perform the following on the Active Directory Domain Controller server as Local Administrator In addition I created some accounts in http://www. * ClientInstall. a domain user * Testuser. a domain user * Testuser2. (Network Access Account) used during OSD Create Local Administrator accounts: Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as Local Administrator On the SCCM server add the SMSadmin user to the Local Administrators group (you can add the ClientInstall account also).

with the exception of Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 and Windows XP Tablet PC SP3  Standard DPs can run on Windows Server 32-bit but will not support advanced functionality Server Operating System Requirements  Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2  Distribution points can run on Windows Server 2003 Client Operating System Requirements      Windows XP professional SP3 – x86 and Windows XP SP2 pro for 64 bit systems Windows Vista SP2 ( http://www. Windows Server 2008 R2 Site System Requirements  Site servers and site roles require 64-bit OS (distribution points are an exception) Branch Distribution Points  Branch distribution points have been deprecated and replaced with standard distribution points that can be hosted on Configuration Manager 2012 client operating system Database Requirements    SQL Server 2008 SP2 with CU 7 SQL Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Cumulative Update 4 SQL Server Express 2008 r2 WITH SP1 and CU 3 is supported only on secondary sites  SQL Reporting Services is ONLY reporting solution For Supported Configurations information.aspx. Download SCCM 2012 Release Candidate 2 System requirements Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions. visit Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 (x86.x64) Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 2.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .x64) Windows Server 2008 ( Windows Server 2008.x64)  Windows 7 (x86.

http://www.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 3. Close ADSI Edit. Click Next and Finish. click on Press F5 to refresh ADSI Edit and you should now see the new System Management Container. Object Choose Container from the options. Click on the + and scroll down to CN=System. Create The System Management Container Note: Perform the following on the Active Directory Domain Controller as a Domain Administrator Open ADSI Edit.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .windows-noob. Double Click on Default Naming Context and the DC= that appears below it. Right Click on CN=System and choose New. Connect To and click Ok. click Next and enter System Management as the value.

then click Add. click on Object Types. Select the System Management Container. and right click it.http://www. select Advanced Features. it should resolve. choose All Tasks and Delegate Control. Note: Perform the following on the Active Directory Domain Controller as a Domain Administrator Open Active Directory Users and Computers.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . http://www. Delegate Permission to the System Management Container. Click on view.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 4. When the Welcome to Delegation of Control Wizard appears click Type in your SCCM server name and click on Check select Computers.

click next. Note: Repeat the above for Each site server that you install in a Hierarchy. Failure to do the above will mean that the System Management Container in AD will NOT POPULATE with ConfigMgr site info needed by the Clients and you will see many errors in your site status warning you of make sure This folder. click next. then Next. Choose Create a Custom Task to Delegate.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Click Ok. Property-Specific and Creation-deletion of specific child objects are selected then place a check mark in FULL CONTROL. and click next then Finish.http://www.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . existing objects in this folder and creation of new objects in this folder is selected. select the 3 permissions

<10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=mS-SMS-Capabilities. <10-27-2011 07:31:45> Defined attribute If you extended the schema for Configuration Manager 2007. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=mS-SMS-Device-Management-Point. <10-27-2011 07:31:45> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundaries.DC=lab. Extend the Active Directory schema for Configuration Manager Note: Perform the following on the Active Directory Domain Controller as a Domain Administrator Note:The Active Directory schema extensions for Configuration Manager 2012 are unchanged from those used by Configuration Manager 2007.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 5. <10-27-2011 07:31:48> Defined class cn=MS-SMS-Site.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . simply browse the network to your sccm server \\sccm\d$ and locate the folder where you uncompressed SCCM 2012 and find \SMSSetup\Bin\x64\Extadsch. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-High. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=mS-SMS-Health-State. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Address.) http://www. <10-27-2011 07:31:48> Successfully extended the Active Directory schema. <10-27-2011 07:31:48> Please refer to the ConfigMgr documentation for instructions on the manual <10-27-2011 07:31:48> configuration of access rights in active directory which may still <10-27-2011 07:31:48> need to be performed.DC=local <10-27-2011 07:31:45> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Code.exe. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Name. <10-27-2011 07:31:48> AD must be configured to allow each ConfigMgr Site security rights to <10-27-2011 07:31:48> publish in each of their domains. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=mS-SMS-Version. <10-27-2011 07:31:48> Defined class cn=MS-SMS-Server-Locator-Point. (Although the AD schema has now be extended. <10-27-2011 07:31:43> DS Root:CN=Schema. <10-27-2011 07:31:45> Defined attribute right click and choose Run As Administrator. <10-27-2011 07:31:48> Defined class SMS extensions. you do not need to extend the schema again for Configuration Manager 2012. <10-27-2011 07:31:45> Defined attribute cn=mS-SMS-Assignment-Site-Code. check in c:\ for a log file called Perform the below on your Active Directory server.log it should look similar to this Quote <10-27-2011 07:31:43> Modifying Active Directory Schema . <10-27-2011 07:31:47> Defined class cn=MS-SMS-Management-Point. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=mS-SMS-Source-Forest.http://www.CN=Configuration. A command prompt window will appear briefly as the schema is extended. <10-27-2011 07:31:46> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-Low.DC=server2008r2.

com/forums/index. Windows repeat the above for Port 4022.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 6. Open TCP port 1433 and 4022 for SQL replication Note: Perform the following on the Active Directory Domain Controller as a Domain Administrator If you are setting up a hierarchy (CAS/Primary/etc) then on your AD server do the following. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and select Inbound Rules. http://www.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . start Group Policy Management tool and create a new GPO. Once choose New and follow the wizard for opening up TCP port 1433 as per this guide on Technet. Select Computer Configuration.

NET  .5.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 7. also select WCF Activation and when prompted answer Add Required Role Services click next and next again Verify the following IIS components are installed in addition to the ones preselected by the wizard.NET Framework 3. then Click Next and Install and close when done.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .http://www.1 and WCF Activation Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as SMSadmin In Server Manager select Features. http://www. Common HTTP Features  Static Content  Default Document  Directory Browsing  HTTP Errors  HTTP Redirection Application Development  Select .windows-noob. Add Features. Install .com/forums/ Extensibility  ASP  ISAPI Extensions  ISAPI Filters Health and Diagnostics  HTTP logging  Logging tools  Request Monitor  Tracing Security      Basic Authentication Windows Authentication URL Authorization Request Filtering IP and Domain Restrictions Performance  Static Content Compression Management Tools  IIS Management Console  IIS Management Scripts and Tools  Management Service  IIS 6 Management Compatibilty  IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility  IIS 6 WMI Compatibility  IIS 6 Scripting Tools  IIS 6 Management Console Answer yes to any additional prompts.NET 3.

such as when IIS is installed or reconfigured after the .NET version 4.0.NET 4 Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as SMSadmin Download .windows-noob.30319\aspnet_regiis. Double click the Step 8.30319.NET Framework version 4.NET Framework version 4.0 is installed. Click Finish when done restart when prompted Note: In some scenarios. Download and install . After a while it will complete.NET 4 from here (webinstall) or here (Standalone). run the following command:%windir%\Microsoft. on a 64-bit computer that runs the .NET\Framework64\v4.exe –i –enable . you must explicitly enable ASP. For example. Step 9. http://www. Add BITS and Remote Differential Compression Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as SMSadmin In Server Manager click on Add . place a selection mark in BITS and RDC.

windows-noob.DVD (English) from your provider (MSDN or Technet) the one I used was File Name: en_sql_server_2008_standard_x86_x64_dvd_x14-89155.b This step if you decide to use SQL Server 2008 R2.http://www.micro. Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2 CU7 (if you plan on using SQL Server 2008 R2 see 10. or use SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4 as described in 10.iso (4177 MB) Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Download Cumulative update package 4 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 http://www.File Name: en_sql_server_2008_r2_standard_x86_x64_ia64_dvd_521546.nfigSQLDBconfig At the time of writing this guide I chose to use SQL Server 2008 SP2. Download the following from Technet:. then use CU7 instead of CU6 and the hotfix.. Step If you want to use this version then the supported version is SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 10.File Name: SQLServer2008SP2KB2285068-x64-ENU. CU6 with the hotfix mentioned below.. your CAS will only be able to support 50k clients.b below) Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as SMSadmin The supported versions of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 are listed here on Technet:. While you are at it download SQL Server 2008 SP2 from here . Be aware that If you use SQL Server Standard. If you are using you can download CU7 from here.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .http://technet.exe Next download CU7 .b below).com/forums/index. x64) . Download SQL Server 2008 Standard (x86. that is fine for Release Candidate 1.iso Note: You can download the Trial version (180 days) from here.

windows-noob.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .exe right click and choose Run as Administrator. So install it in this order: SQL Server 2008 >> SQL Server 2008 SP2 >> SQL Server 2008 Cumulative Update 6 >> KB2603910 Note: CU7 is available and it's supposed to contain the above and when running setup. http://www.SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS To Install SQL server you can follow this guide but please install SQL on D:\Program Files. After you install SQL Server you must install SP2 and then CU6 and finally install KB2603910..php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step 11. however i have not tested it yet. Install SQL Server 2008 Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as SMSadmin For SQL Collation note that you must use (It is required whether you have a hierarchy of sites or a single site and regardless of the OS languages.

Uncompress the EXE by running it.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ . and then browse to where you uncompressed it and click on Splash.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Step Install Configuration Manager 2012 Release Candidate Note: Perform the following on the SCCM 2012 server as SMSadmin TIP: you can open C:\ http://www. it will inform you of any issues during with Configuration Manager Trace Tool available in the extracted media to and review the contents of the file.

com/forums/index. click next at the warning and then select Install a Configuration Manager Primary Site at the EULA click accept click on Install.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .windows-noob.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ When the wizard

\Configuration Manager 2012 Install source\smssetup\bin\X64 Run SetupDL. Create a folder on D:\ called RC_Updates and then specify the path to download the updates Tip: If you don't have internet on your SCCM server then you can download the required updates on another computer by doing like so:   Open a command prompt with administrative permissions Navigate to .windows-noob.exe target dir (in my example SetupDL.exe D:\RC_Updates) Click next at the Server Language screen http://www. install the site on D:\ as per below screenshot http://www.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .com/forums/ And at the Client Language Screen Enter your Site and Installation Settings. Select Standalone as the site type take note of the warning (ie: if will not be able to join it to an existing site heirarchy later) review the Database Information

php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ .com/forums/index.http://www.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ Review the SMS provider settings review the Client computer communication select Configure the Communication method on each site system role http://www.

com/forums/ review the site system roles click next at the CEIP screen then review the summary .

no problem) click on Begin Install now is a good time to look at the C:\ we can fix them later.php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ take note of any . if like mine (WSUS and SQL memory. watch it for errors http://www.log with

php?/topic/4045-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-guides/ After a long install you should see the installer click on Close reboot the SCCM server and then login again as SMSadmin Start the Configmgr console Congratulations. you've installed System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Release Candidate!

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