Deploy custom MS updates/hotfixes in SCCM 2012 via WSUS

Some updates and enterprise hotfixes are not displayed in WSUS and therefore not applicable in WSUS. This blog post shows how to streamline these update/hotfixes in WSUS and SCCM.

The trick is that “out of the box” you can’t deploy this. Some updates do not sync to WSUS and your SCCM software update point (SUP) automatically. There are some simple steps you can take to get it there.
This example adds KB2670838 in the update list.

Lets start,
-On your central site, start the Windows Server Update Services admin console
Note that changing things in the WSUS console can mess up the WSUS integration; Do so carefully.
-Go to updates select Import Updates to launch a webpage to the Microsoft Update Catalog.
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-Search on KB2670838 and add all that you are interested in getting for your environment
-Check import directly into Windows Server Update Services is selected then hit the import button.
Another box will come up tracking the download and show success when completed
Note that the updates are feature Packs
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-Give the WSUS services a full sync by clicking Synchronize Now
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Next we are setting up the SCCM part
-Start the SCCM 2012 R2 Console
Verify that your SCCM site is set to sync “Feature Packs” classification, because that is what this is (as compared to “service packs” or “security updates”).
-Check Feature Packs in Administration, Sites, Software Update PointScreenHunter_237 Nov. 27 13.24

-Once that download is complete you can sync SCCM by clicking Synchronize Software Updates ScreenHunter_235 Nov. 27 13.22
Once the Sync is complete you should see the updates in SCCM to deploy as you would any other update

-In the Console select Software Library, Software Updates, Automatic Deployment Rules
-Choose Create Automatic Deployment Rule from the Ribbon
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-Give the ADR a name like ADR: Custom Updates, select a template, a collection.
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-Setup the ADR as a regular ADR, only choose in the software updates section, the product like Windows 7 and the article ID 2670838
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-After finishing the ADR choose Run Now to get a full Sync.
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-After the full Sync you see the updates in the WSUS directory of SCCM
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Next part is integrating the update is the OS image

-Start the Software Library, Operating Systems and right click the media you want to update, choose Schedule Updates
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Search 2670838 in the choose update and notice that (if its applicable) the update appears in the image.
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Apply the update and notice in the OfflineServiceMgr.log the update is applied and afterwards is installed in the installed update tab on the image
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That’s it!

17th October – Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 R2 & System Center 2012 R2

Today Microsoft released the newest release of the new R2 wave for the System Center suite.
The software is ready to download from the official Microsoft sites like Techned and MSDN.

System Center R2 Released

System Center R2 Released

The following links take you to the What’s New topics for System Center 2012 R2.

System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator
System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Furthermore Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are also released today and ready for download.

Install Software Packages in a OSD Task Sequence using variables

Issue:
When looking in SCCM implementations I regularly bump into the same issues. Lots of task sequences with a lot of different settings in them. Because of the exploding amount of task sequences there is a lot if differiation between them. This blog post describes how to use OSD variables to bring back the amount of sequences.

Let’s start,
This example is an school with student’s as well as teachers. They are divided into rooms by using the device collections. Depending on the (class) room they get the software they need.

First we start with creating a device collection for a room:
We are going to set the variables to the collections
– Go to Assets and Compliance, Device Collections, and choose Create Device Collection.
– Give the collection a name like “Classroom 141” and limit the collection to “All Collections
– Check Use incremental updates for this collection and turn off Schedule a full update on this collection.
– Choose Next, Yes and Finish the collection

Next we are going to set the collection variables
– Get the properties of the newly made collection, go to collection variables and fill in the following variables (depending on your structure)
Name                  Value
BSL                     Students Desktops
Domain                Students
OSDOUName       OU=R141,OU=Students Desktops,OU=Workstations,DC=students,DC=domain,DC=local

BSL1

 

1. Let’s install software based on a variable
Now we can add the variables to the software library

– Go to Software Library, Task Sequences and Edit an task sequence.
– We created a Install CSL Applications (Common Software Layer); this is for software that is scoped on all desktop (like Office, flash, Adobe Reader ETC)
– We also created an Install BSL Applications (Business Software Layer) for specific software per/pc/room
Add the software to the BSL and choose Options
Add Condition and choose Task Sequence Variable BSL equals “Students Desktops”

BSL 2

2. Let’s install sofware based on a variable

OK lets go a little bit further, we are now going to add the computer in the AD OU based in the computer variable of the collection.
– Go to the Network Settings, Apply Network settings and set Join a domain, fill in the domain name and in the OU part you choose LDAP://%OSDOUName% as stated in the variable.

Flexible Domain Name

Now we are going to set the options so the proper collection is selected.
– Go to Options, Add condition, Task Sequence Variable and choose Domain equals “Students”

Flexible Domain Name II

 

Little recap;
– Made device collections based on rooms
– Filled in the variables for that device collections
– Set options for installing software based on device collection variables
– Placed machines in the proper OU based on device collection variables

Simple as that!

Prerequisites for setting up SCCM 2012 R2 on Windows 2012 R2

When installing System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2, there are a number of prerequisite steps which need to be taken before installing the software.
They seem simple but can take up a few day’s to finish. I just put them below so we can quickly start the SCCM installation.

VMWare
1. Change the E1000 NIC to VMXNET3 NIC this to avoid a lot of headache during the rest of the setup. See http://www.toolzz.com/?p=1085

Hyper-V
1. Change the default network to the Legacy Network Adapter. This to support WOL and PXE integration

Extend Active Directory Schema
1. Extend Active Directory Schema for SCCM 2012 Domain Controllers. Navigate to  \SMSSetup\Bin\x64\ and execute Extadsch.exe
2. Create the System Container and assign Permissions

Site Server Prerequisites
1. We are going to install a stand alone Primary Site Server. Therefore these roles are neccesary; this powershell script install’s it automaticly

This needs to turn on a elevated PowerShell (RunAs Administrator)

Get-Module servermanager
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Windows-Auth
Install-WindowsFeature Web-ISAPI-Ext
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Metabase
Install-WindowsFeature Web-WMI
Install-WindowsFeature BITS
Install-WindowsFeature RDC
Install-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Features
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Asp-Net
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Asp-Net45
Install-WindowsFeature NET-HTTP-Activation
Install-WindowsFeature NET-Non-HTTP-Activ

There is a bug in the .NET framework 3.5
You need your Windows Installation media to do this.
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /all /Source:d:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

SQL Server considerations
1. Install the Database Engine feature for each site server, Management Tools and Reporting Services
2. Use the SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation server
3. Apply SP1 and CU4 or later
4. Change MSSQLServer.exe account in services to an domain user account (best practice) account
5. Open the SQL ports for incomming traffic (1433 and 4022) and reporting (80 and 443)
6. Limit SQLServer memory to 70 – 80% of the addressable memory if the SQL is in a dedicated Server. if the SQL is co-located with the Site Server computer limit the memory to 50 – 70%.

Prerequisites for SCCM
1. Prevent SCCM from installing Files on the OS Drive (C:\) by placing no_sms_on_drive.sms in the root of the C:\ folder
2. Install WSUS on the Windows 2012 R2 server with powershell. This because there are some issues in WSUS in combination with Windows 2012
Install-WindowsFeature -Name UpdateServices-Services,UpdateServices-DB -IncludeManagementTools
.\wsusutil.exe postinstall SQL_INSTANCE_NAME=”servername” CONTENT_DIR=”D:\Sources\WSUS\WSUS”
And
%programfiles%\update services\tools\wsusutil.exe postinstall CONTENT_DIR=D:\Sources\Wsus\WSUS SQL_INSTANCE_NAME=sqlservername
3. Do not configure WSUS
4. Install Windows ADK 8.1 download the new ADK to support Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 from here
4. Install the ADK: User State Migration Tool (USMT), Windows Deployment Tools, Windows PreInstallation Environment (Windows PE)

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That’s it, you can now start installing SCCM 2012 R2 !

CCMsetup.exe will not install: Failed to access source file (3)

Issue
Today we bumped into an issue installing the SCCM client manually. The error in the C:\Windows\CCMSetup\ccmsetup.log stated “Failed to access source file (3). Waiting for retry.”

<![LOG[Downloading file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\sccm\SCCM Client\ccmsetup.exe]LOG]!><time=”10:40:53.549-120″ date=”05-31-2013″ component=”ccmsetup” context=”” type=”1″ thread=”3780″ file=”ccmsetup.cpp:5569″>
<![LOG[Downloading C:\Windows\System32\drivers\sccm\SCCM Client\ccmsetup.exe to C:\Windows\ccmsetup\ccmsetup.exe]LOG]!><time=”10:40:53.549-120″ date=”05-31-2013″ component=”ccmsetup” context=”” type=”1″ thread=”3780″ file=”ccmsetup.cpp:5653″>
<![LOG[Failed to access source file (3). Waiting for retry…]LOG]!><time=”10:40:53.549-120″ date=”05-31-2013″ component=”ccmsetup” context=”” type=”2″ thread=”3780″ file=”ccmsetup.cpp:5665″>
<![LOG[Next retry in 10 minute(s)…]LOG]!><time=”10:40:53.549-120″ date=”05-31-2013″ component=”ccmsetup” context=”” type=”0″ thread=”3780″ file=”ccmsetup.cpp:8498″>

Cause and solution
After some investigation we discovered that the customer copied the SCCM setup folder in the C:\Windows\System32 folder and was running the setup from there. This is because of security prohibited. After this we moved the folder to C:\temp and the setup ran fine.

Install SCCM 2012 prerequisites with PowerShell

Here is a little help to install all required Windows Features for running System Center Configuration Manager 2012 on a Windows Server 2012 Machine

This needs to turn on a elevated PowerShell (RunAs Administrator)

Get-Module servermanager
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Windows-Auth
Install-WindowsFeature Web-ISAPI-Ext
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Metabase
Install-WindowsFeature Web-WMI
Install-WindowsFeature BITS
Install-WindowsFeature RDC
Install-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Features
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Asp-Net
Install-WindowsFeature Web-Asp-Net45
Install-WindowsFeature NET-HTTP-Activation
Install-WindowsFeature NET-Non-HTTP-Activ

There is a bug in the .NET framework 3.5
You need your Windows Installation media to do this.
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /all /Source:d:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

Build, Capture and deploy Windows 7 and Windows 8 in SCCM 2012 SP1

Operating System Deployment is one of the most utilized features of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012(SCCM). Many companies are now planning to upgrade their machines from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8 and will be using SCCM to do so. In the SP1 version of SCCM 2012 there are some minor issues which cause the OSD to fail.

This blog will describe the right steps to deploy Windows 7 and also Windows 8. This because there are no differences between deploying them
In the steps taken below we presume this is a clean install and you don’t have an Windows 7 image file.

First install hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2801987 on the Site Servers. This is required to do a successful PXE boot.

1. Enable the Network Access Account

The “Network Access Account” is needed during deployment in WinPE. The account is uses to access the content on the network. Often forgotten so we start with it..

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Administration, choose  Site Configuration, right-click on the Primary site, and select Configure Components, Software Distribution.
  2. In the Network Access Account tab, click the Specifiy the account that access network locations, choose Set and Add the network access account and provide it with a password choose OK to finish the config

 

1. Enable PXE support and boot

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Administration, choose  Site Configuration, and choose Servers and Site System Roles, and select the server which hosts you’re distribution point.
  2. In the results pane, double click the Distribution Point role and select the PXE tab, place a checkmark on Enable PXE support for Clients, answer Yes for the firewall port question.
  3. Check the Allow this distribution point to respond to incoming PXE requests and Enable unknown computer support also I’ve removed the password option but this is not required.
    PXE Update
  4. Click OK and the SCCM machine will distribute the settings.
  5. Next step is to distribute the Boot Images to the distribution points
  6. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Software Library, Operating Systems, Boot Images. Right click the X64 boot image and choose Distributed Content, Click Next and click Add, Distribution Point choose you’re distribution point.
  7. Continue through the wizard to complete the distribution
  8. DON’T Forget to repeat this step for the X86 image

 

2. Enable the PXE boot image

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Software Library, Operating Systems, Boot Images. Right click the X64 boot image and choose Properties
  2. In the results pane, click Data Source, and enable the  Deploy this boot image from the PXE service point.
    Distribution Point Settings
  3. Select OK and the distribution point will be updated
  4. DON’T Forget to repeat this step for the X86 image.

 

3. Add the Windows 7 Operating System

Here’s where it get’s a bit tricky, SP1 doesn’t support the old Operating System Installers so a little change in SP1.

  1.  First of all I created the following structure to get a structured collection of Operating System Deployments.
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  2.  Second I extracted the Windows 7 ISO and copied it to \\demo-sccm01\Sources\OSD\OSD Uploads\Windows7_x64_NLD folder.
  3. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Software Library, Operating Systems, Operating System Images, Right click and choose Add Operating System ImageAdd OS Image
  4. Browse to the to the Windows 7\Sources directory and select the install.wim like “\\demo-sccm01\Sources\OSD\OSD Uploads\Windows7_x64_NLD\Sources\install.wim
  5. Choose Next and finish the import of the WIM file
    Add the WIM File
  6. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Software Library, Operating Systems Images,  Right click the Image, choose Distribute Content,  Click Next and click Add, Distribution Point and choose you’re distribution point.

 

4. Next is build and capture the new image

Now we are going to build a new WIM file. This will be an template file which SCCM uses to rollout new Operating System Deployments

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Administration, choose  Software library, Operating Systems, Task Sequences, Create a folder called Windows 7 x64, right click the folder and select Create Task Sequence
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  2. At the Create new task sequence choose Build and Capture a reference operating system image, Next
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  3. In the Task Sequence Information, give the task sequence a logical name like “Build and Capture – Windows 7 Pro x64 – NLD” , choose the “Boot Image (x64)…” and click Next
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  4. Choose the Operating System Image we imported (OSD Media – Windows 7 x64 Pro – NLD) in the previous step and choose Next
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  5. Choose the Image file, Optional license key and administrator password. I filled in the password to login in the reference machine after the build and capture. If the license key is also not necessary both settings can be set in the Deploy Sequence afterwards.
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  6. In the Configure Network choose the workgroup option. This because Sysprep will not work when you join the machine to a domain.
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  7. In the Install Configuration Manager Client section leave this default (installation properties can be blank, we will change this in the actual deployment.) Next.
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  8. At the Include Updates we checked Do not install any software updates, choose Next
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  9. Choose Next at the Install Applications
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  10. Choose Next at the System Preparation Section
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  11. Fill in the details on the Image Properties and choose Next
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  12. At the Save As dialog box, choose the created  \\demo-sccm01\Sources\OSD\OSD\Captures\ folder and give the image a proper name.
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  13. Choose Save, Next and Finish the task sequence
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  14. Right click the newly created task sequence and choose Edit
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  15. Click on the last partition task, choose Add, General, Set Task Sequence Variable
    This is to assign the C:\ as boot drive. Otherwise the sequence will install Windows on D:\.
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  16. Name tab type Assign C:\ to Boot drive, at the task Sequence Variable type OSDPreserveDriveLetter with the value false place the task behind the partition tasks
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  17. Choose OK to apply the task sequence changes.
  18. Now we are going to distribute the task sequence to the distribution point; right-click the newly build task sequence and choose deploy
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  19. I’ve chosen the collection All Unknown Computers, this results that the capture is available for everyone. In a test environment this is not issue but in production it’s not recommended, choose Next
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  20. In the Make available to the following choose Only Media and PXE, Next
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  21. Just next, next finish to the configuration; no additional changes are required.
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  22. OK now it’s get exiting; if everything went well you now can startup you’re client machine to boot with F12 and rollout a package!
  23. At the task Sequence Wizard, choose the Build and Capture – Windows 7 Pro x64 – NLD
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  24. The capture begins, the sequence finishes some steps to build the new WIM file
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  25. In these steps you will see that the new WIM file is build in de Captures directory
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5. Deploy the captured image in a task sequence

Next we going to create the deploy sequence to rollout the WIM image to the clients.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Administration, choose  Software library, Operating Systems, Task Sequences, Create a folder called Windows 7 x64, right click the folder and select Create Task Sequence
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  2. At the Create new task sequence choose Install an existing image package, Next
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  3. In the Task Sequence Information, give the task sequence a logical name like “Deploy – Windows 7 Pro x64 – NLD“, choose the “Boot image (x64) 6….” boot image and click Next
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  4. Choose the Operating System Image we created  (OSD Captued – Windows 7 x64 Pro – NLD nl-NL) in the previous step and choose Next
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  5. Choose the Image file, Optional (if no KMS used) license key and set the administrator password to random and select the 2-2 image (the other one is the 100 MB partition).-5
  6. In the Configure Network choose the Join a Domain option. Fill in the domain, Domain OU and account (this is a test environment but please do not use administrator)-6
  7. In the Install Configuration Manager Client section and set the installation properties to SMSMP=Demo-SCCM01.demo.local
    Next.
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  8. At the state migration we deselect all check boxes because we do not use this in the lab., choose Next
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  9. At the Include Updates we checked Do not install any software updates, choose Next
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  10. Choose Next at the Install Applications and finish the wizard.-10
  11. Right click the newly created task sequence and choose Edit-11
  12. Choose Add, General, Set task Sequence Variable.-12
  13. Name tab type Assign C:\ to Boot drive, at the task Sequence Variable type OSDPreserveDriveLetter with the value false place the task behind the partition task-13
  14. Choose OK to apply the task sequence changes.
  15. Now we are going to distribute the task sequence to the distribution point; right-click the newly build task sequence and choose deploy
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  16. I’ve chosen the collection All Unknown Computers, this results that the deployment is available for everyone.
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  17. In the Make available to the following choose Only Media and PXE, Next-16
  18. Just next, next finish to the configuration; no additional changes are required.
  19. OK now it’s get exiting; if everything went well you now can startup you’re client machine to boot with F12 and rollout a package!
    Boot with F12
  20. Choose the new created task sequence!
    Choose the Deploy image
  21. That’s it! The deployment will run successfully!!

Event ID 7000 : not a valid Win32 application during WSUS installation on SCCM 2012 SP1

Issue
Today after installing another fancy Windows 2012 SCCM Server I noticed that when I tried to configure WSUS and WDS the service crashed with the following error:
The WSUS Service failed to start due the following error: WSUS Service is not a valid Win32 application.
Event ID 7000.

Reason:
About a hour ago I also had an error on File Name Warning:
There is a file or folder on your computer called “C:\program” which could cause certain applications to not function correctly. Renaming it to “C:\program2” would solve this issue.
program error
I made a note of it but did not rename it because the message wasn’t wrong, there IS a file called program (no extension) on my Systemdrive. But why?
program
After a deep dive in my server configuration I discovered the distmgr.log of ConfigMgr is missing quotations while saving the log file. This could be an solution; after some more digging It looks like if the “” (quotation marks) were missing in the command line for the logfile path. Windows would then go and interpret the logfile as “C:Program”.

Program2
So this looks like a bug in the installation of the SCCM 2012 Distribution Manager installation.
To be sure I opened the program file with notepad and noticed that it’s indeed a text file.
program3

Resolution:
Rename or delete the c:\program file and the issue is solved.

Install SCVMM 2012 SP1 on Windows 2012 with SQL 2012

Today a blog post on how to install SCVMM 2012 SP1 on Windows 2012 with SQL 2012

First of all the requirements for SCVMM 2012 SP1 on Windows server 2012
See http://technet.microsoft.com/library/gg610669.aspx for more information.

– SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, Standard (64-bit), SQL 2008 R2 (64-bit), SQL Server 2008 (64-bit) (Express is no longer supported)
– Domain account for SCVMM with local administrator rights on the SCVMM Server
– SQL Admin account to create the SCVMM Database
– Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8
– Minimal 2048 MB of RAM required

1. On the SCVMM Server – Install the WADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit)
In Windows 2012 you no longer use WAIK, we’re now on WADK for Windows 8.
– Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=252874 and download the ADK Setup.
– Run the ADKSetup.exe as an administrator

– I left the path’s default and choose Next
– Choose if you want to join CEIP and choose Next
Accept the Licence Agreement and choose Accept
– Check Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
SCCM 2012 SP1
– Choose Next and install the Software

2. Optional – On the AD Server –
By default, VMM encrypts some data in the VMM database (for example Run As account credentials and passwords in guest operating system profiles) by using the Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI). The encryption of this data is tied to the specific computer on which VMM is installed and the service account used by VMM. Therefore, if you need to move your VMM installation to another computer, the encrypted data will not be retained.
Distributed key management, however, stores the encryption keys in AD DS. Therefore, if you need to move your VMM installation to another computer, the encrypted data will be retained, because the other computer will have access to the encryption keys in AD DS.
If you want to use this look at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/gg697604.aspx

3. On the SCVMM Server – Install IIS Requirements
Open Server Manager
– Select Add Roles and features, click Next
– Choose Role Based or Feature based installation
– Select the local server, Next
Open Web Server (IIS) and ADD select the following features

Common
Default Document
Directory Browsing
HTTP Errors
Static Content

Health and Diagnostics
HTTP logging
Performance
Static Content

Security
Request Filtering
Windows Authentication

Management Tools
IIS Management Console
IIS 6 Management Compatibility
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
IIS Management Scripts and Tools
Management Service

4. On the SCVMM Server – Install SCVMM
Go to the SCVMM CD and startup install SCVMM
– Choose VMM Management Server and VMM Console and click Next
Setup 1 SCVMM
– Fill in the name, organization name and product key and hit Next
– Fill in the forms and hit Next for a few times 🙂
– Turn on the Windows Update Feature
Windows Update
– Choose the installation directory (we used D:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\Virtual Machine Manager)
– Set the Database Configuration
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– Type the SCVMM Service account and password and choose Next.
SCVMM Password
– Leave the ports default and choose Next
– On the library configuration page, leave default and also choose Next and let the installation finish

– After the installation is finished check the event logs and update the server with the latest SCVMM rollups.
Reboot the server

After the reboot run Windows Update for the cumulative updates for SCVMM 2012 SP1.
That’s it!

 

Step by Step: Installing SCCM 2012 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 and SQL 2012 SP1

Well, after some testing with SCCM 2012 SP1 I decided to reinstall everything in my lab to the latest software. So Windows 2012, SQL 2012 RTM and of course System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.

In this blog I used my laptop:
-Intel(R) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2 Core(s)
-8 Gb of internal memory
-Two SSD disk (C:\ for OS and D:\ for Hyper-V)

Lab setup:
Domain Controller: Windows 2012 Enterprise; DC, DNS and certificate server
SCCM 2012; Windows 2012 Enterprise, SQL 2012 Enterprise, IIS and SCCM components

1. SQL 2012 installation
ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta supports SQL 2012 RTM with a minimum of CU 2. ConfigMgr has very strict SQL collation requirement, pretty much across the entire System Center range, essentially only SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation is supported.
This has to be selected during installation if you are running a non-USA regional\system OS.

– Login as the SQL admin on the SQL Server
– Launch the SQL 2012 RTM installer
Select Installation on the left navigation pane
Select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation
– Ok, Next,
and choose Accept the license terms, Next
We will open the Firewall later, so skip the warning
– Choose Next
– Select SQL Server Feature Installation


Select the following
– Database Engine Services
– Reporting Services – Native
– Management Tools – Basic
– Management Tools – Complete
Because I’m in a test environment I didn’t change the path’s. In production it’s recommended to choose alternative path’s
Next, Next

– Choose the default Default instance, and change the path’s if necessary and choose Next, Next
By default each of the services will be configured using a service-specific user account, we used NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Do this for the SQL Server Agent, the SQL Server Database Engine and the SQL Server Reporting Services services
– Click Account Name, Browse, Browse locally for SYSTEM and accept
– Set the services Start-up Type to automatic
Select the Collation tab
– Double check
If SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS is shown, otherwise Customize this, Next
Add the current user and a domain user at this point. I add the SQL admin and the local administrator, Next
– Select Install and configure, Next
Set Send Windows and SQL Server Error Reports to Microsoft, choose Next, Next
Alrighty then SQL is Ready, lets rock.

– Next we will run SQL 2012 SP1 (SCCM 2012 requires minimal CU2 to have an successful install)
Download link SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35575
Download link CU1 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2765331

Note If you do not install CU2 (or SP1) you’ll receive SQL Server Version Error in the Perquisites.

The Advanced logging says that the SQL server Version is not supported. So patch you’re SQL Server.

Make the nessesary Firewall Exeptions for SCCM;
– Open the settings, Control Panel, System and Security, Windows Firewall
– Choose Advanced Settings, Inbound rules
– Create a new Rule called SQL Ports,
– On Rule Type, Choose Ports, Next
– On theTCP tab 4022, 1433 and click Next
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– Choose allow the connection, Next
– On profile choose all, Next
Fill in a name (we used SQL Ports)


2. Installing the SCCM 2012 Perquisites
Open Server Manager
– Select Add Roles and features, click Next
– Choose Role Based or Feature based installation
– Select the local server, Next
Open Web Server (IIS) and ADD select the following features
Common
HTTP Features
Static Content
Default Document
Directory Browsing
HTTP Errors
HTTP Redirection

Application
Development
ASP.NET
.NET 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
– Select Windows Server Update Services, Add features
– Select Windows Deployment Services, Add Features

– Choose Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Add features
– Choose Remote Differential Compression
– Telnet Client (not necessary but it’s useful), Next
– On the WSUS section choose next.
– On the Role Services choose WSUS Services and Database, Next
– Choose Store updates and choose a location (This is a testlab, in production it is not recommended to save these files to the C:\ drive), Next

– Type the SQL Server name and choose Check connection

– Next, Next,
– Choose Deployment Server and Transport Server
– Next, Install

3. Install the WADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit)
In Windows 2012 you no longer use WAIK, we’re now on WADK for Windows 8.
– Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=252874 and download the ADK Setup.
– Run the ADKSetup.exe as an administrator

– I left the path’s default and choose Next
– Choose if you want to join CEIP and choose Next
Accept the Licence Agreement and choose Accept
– Check Deployment Tools, Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and User State Migration Tools (USMT)

– Choose Next and install the Software

3. Next step is to install SCCM 2012 SP1 Beta
Ok, we are now ready to install ConfigMgr 2012 SP 1 Beta
– Launch the spash.HTA from the installation media

– First check the server is ready before we get any further into the installer Select Assess server readiness

Some minor issues but no show stoppers so lets continue
– Go back to the Splash.hta screen and click Install, Choose Next
– Because we are on one demo server we choose Install a Configuration Manager Primary Site and check the Use typical installation… Choose Next.

– Choose yes and I Agree, Next
– Accept all the licence therms and choose next

– Download the files to a folder you choose and click Next

-Choose a site code, Site name and installation folder for SCCM 2012 SP1, Next

– Hit next a couple of times and then choose Begin Install

That’s it, we are now up and running.

SP1 brings a lot of nice new stuff like the cross-platform clients, Azure Cloud DP, mobile device management through Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync amongst others.
Check out what’s new in SP1 here for a list of fun things to play around with and get to know in preparation for the actual SP1 release, as well as the release notes detailing what is knowing to be in a broken state during the Beta. You can also provide feedback to Microsoft for anything quirky that you may find during the evaluation.

Have Fun!