Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Step by Step guide SCCM current branch 1511 - Primary Site

ADK is the second pre-requisite which need to be installed before start installing System Center Current Branch.
ConfigMgr uses WADK to automate OS deployment and USMT.
We do not have to install all the components of ADK. 
For Config Manager we required only;
-  Windows Deployment Tools
-  Windows Pre-Installation Environment (Windows PE) 
-  Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) and 
-  User State Migration Tool (USMT).

Download Windows 10 ADK from;

Launch the adksetup;
The setup will prompt for the installation path.
Nominate a path where you want to install ADK then click next;

Review the Windows Kits privacy for usage of ADK and data collection. 
Select appropriate option then click next;

Review and accept the license agreement then click next;

Select required features you want to install then click Install;
For a primary site select;
-           Deployment tools
-           Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
-          Imaging and configuration designer (ICD) and
      -          User State Migration Tool (USMT)

The installing feature window will show the progress of the download and installation of ADK.
This process will take some time as it need to download the required files through the internet.
Once the installation is complete, click on close to exit the installation process.

After installing SQL Server 2012 for site database and ADK, it is the time to start installing the Config Manager primary site or CAS.
Just a quick reminder, Config manager current Branch installation must be done using base version which is 1511.

Prerequisites for Primary Site:
Windows Features:
·         .NET Framework 3.5: Including
·         .Net Framework 3.5 (Includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)
Non-HTTP Activation
HTTP Activation
·         .NET Framework 4.5: Including
HTTP Activation
WCF Services

·         Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS):
·         Data Deduplication:
·         Remote Differential Compression (RDC):

Windows Roles:
·         Network Device Enrollment Service
·         Web server (IIS): Including
o   Common HTTP Features >
§  HTTP Redirection
o   Application Development > 
§  .NET Extensibility
§  ISAPI Extensions
§  ISAPI Filters
o   Management Tools >
§  IIS 6 Management Compatibility
§  IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
§  IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
o   Security >
§  Request Filtering
§  Windows Authentication

Additional software / Components

·         Windows 10 ADK

Firewall Exception 

      ·   None

Optional Configuration / Installs

·         Download setup prerequisite files

Download SC_ConfigMgr_1511 (base version of Current branch ) from technet evaluation center ( )
Launch SC_ConfigMgr_1511.exe as Administrator
The self extractor will open and prompt for unzip folder location

Once the extraction of the installer completed, go to SC_ConfigMgr_1511\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64 folder then run setupdl.exe
Setupdl.exe will launch Configuration Manager Setup Downloader and prompt for patch to download the updated installation files.
NOTE: This is an optional task. If we won’t do it here, then we need to do it when installing the CAS or Primary site.

Click on Download then it will start the download process.
This will take some time to complete based on your internet connection speed and resources on the server.

The setup downloader window will close automatically once the download is complete.
 Now launch the splash to start installing the Current Branch installer using GUI; 

Click on Install;

The install will launch System Center Configuration Manger Setup Wizard, Click Next on Before you Begin window;

On getting started window, Select Install a Configuration Manager Primary site and DO NOT select Use typical installation options for a stand-alone primary site.
NOTE: You can select this option if you want to install on default installation path, MP and DP on the primary server.
I have not selected this option because I will be installing the configuration manager on D drive and MP and DP on different servers.

Choose your licensing options then click next;
Note: If you choose evolution, then you have 180 days to enter the product key.

Agree the license terms then click next;

Accept licence terms for;
-          Microsoft SQL Server Express
-          Microsoft SQL Server native Client
      -          Microsoft Silverlight 5 then click next;

On the Prerequisite downloads page, browse to the location where you have stored the previously downloaded files (if you have already downloaded earlier).
Otherwise select download required files and browse to the location where you want to keep them then click Next.

As soon as you click next, the installer will start downloading the prerequisites. 

Again, this download will take some time to complete based on the download speed and hardware performance.

Select desired Language for Server, by default English will be selected;

Select desired Language for Client, by default English will be selected;

Each site code in a hierarchy must be unique and be comprised of three alpha-numeric digits.
Remember to avoid site names like;
·         AUX
·         CON
·         NUL
·         PRN
·         SMS
Select the installation folder- by default this is set to C:\program files, but I have decided to install on the D drive;

Select an option to whether you want to install the Configuration Manager Console or not;

Select Primary Site Installation option to whether;
-          Join the primary site to an existing hierarchy (if you have a CAS already in place)
-          Install the primary site as a stand-alone site (If this is the first site in the hierarchy)

As this is the first site in hierarchy in my lab so selected to Install the primary site as a stand-alone site

Click yes when you have prompted “You have selected to install this site stand-alone primary site You can expand this site into a hierarchy at later time by installing central administration site. Do you Want to continue?”

On the Database Information page enter the FQDN of the SQL server;

Note: if we installed unsupported SQL server version the you will receive below error msg;

NOTE: If you are using remote SQL server then you need to provide the path to the actual SQL server data file and SQL Server log file.
The installer wont allow C$ or D$ in the path for SQL server data file and SQL Server log file.
So go back to the SQL server then browse to the location path where the SQL server data file and SQL Server log file are stored. Then create a share for DATA folder.
Copy the newly created share folder into path to the SQL server data file and path to the SQL Server log file. 

Accept the default values for SMS provider settings then click next;

On client computer communication settings;
-          Select Configure the communication method on each site system role
o   Select Clients will use HTTPS when they have a valid PKI certificate and HTTPS-enabled site roles are available

On site system role window, select desired roles you want to install.
As I want to install management point and distribution point on different servers, I have deselected both the options;

Click next on the usage data;

On Service Connection Point setup, select Yes if you want to be prompted for all the latest updates in the console.

If you don’t want to get the updates then select skip this for now then click next;

Review the Settings Summary carefully.

Just a reminder, site code and site name is not changeable. So make sure that the site code and name is correct.

Resolve any issues on the prerequisites check before continuing with the setup.
I have received WSUS not installed warning because I haven’t installed WSUS on this server.

I will be using another standalone server for SUP, so we can ignore this warning and can proceed by clicking next;

The installation will begin after the prerequisites check;

The Install will take 30 – 45 min based on the local resource and connection between primary and remote SQL server.
Once the installation is complete you will be presented with Core setup has completed confirmation window.

Review all the components and click on View Log button which will open the setup log file for setup details.

That’s it. We have a functional System Center Current Branch (1511) primary site installed and up and running.

Click here for complete SCCM 1511 Current Branch setup step by step guide.

Click here for complete SCCM 1511 Current Branch step by step guide, step by step migration guide, step by step monitoring and health check guide and step by step SCCM Current Branch servicing guide.

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