Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation In this post we will discuss about the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation methods, we will also configure the network access account that is a must before you perform Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation. Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation can be done in various ways, before you can use Configuration Manager to manage a system, you must discover the system and install the client. In my previous posts we have seen how to configure Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Boundaries and Discoveries, so once the systems are discovered you can proceed with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation. At any point of time you can jump to configuration manager 2012 R2 step by step guide for my previous posts.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Lets look at the methods available for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation, we will be deploying the clients using client push installation in this post.

1) Client Push Installation – Client Push Installation happens when an the SCCM server makes a network connection to the client (a machine where configuration manager client is to be installed)  and then begins the client installation process. For this the system must be discovered and the administrator should have configured the firewall exceptions. This method requires the administrator to start the client push installation on selected computers.

2) Automatic Sitewide Client Push Installation –  In Automatic sitewide Client Push Installation method you can configure client push installation for a site, and client installation will automatically run on the computers that are discovered within the site’s configured boundaries when those boundaries are configured as a boundary group.

3) Software update point installation – This method installs the client by using the Configuration Manager software updates feature. No prior discovery of system is required in this method.

4) Manual Installation – This method allows you to install the configuration manager clients manually. The installation can be initiated by copying the CCMSetup.exe file on the system and running it with an user account which has enough permissions to install the software. This program and its supporting files can be found in the Client folder of the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager installation folder on the site server and on management points in your site.

5) Group Policy based Installation – As the name says you can install the Configuration Manager client using group policy. When you assign the Configuration Manager client to computers by using Group Policy, the client installs when the computer first starts. When you publish the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager client to users by using Group Policy, the client displays in the Control Panel Add or Remove Programs for the computer for the user to install.

6) Using Logon Scripts – Configuration Manager 2012 R2 supports logon scripts to install the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager client software. You can use the program file CCMSetup.exe in a logon script to trigger the client installation.

7) Using Computer Imaging – You can preinstall the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 client software on a master image computer that will be used to build computers in your enterprise. When computers are imaged from this master image, they will contain the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 client and must complete site assignment when installation is complete.

8) Upgrade Installation – This method uses your existing software distribution infrastructure to upgrade the client. Upgrade installation requires prior discovery and site assignment
of the system.

The above methods are some of the ways where the SCCM admin can use for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation. In this post we will install the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client by enabling the automatic sitewide client push installation method. For Client push installation you can check this post.

From the Configuration Manager Console Click Administration, Under Site Configuration, Click Sites, at the top ribbon under Client Installation Settings, click Client Push Installation.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

In the General tab check the box for Enable Automatic site wide client push installation. Under System types select Servers and Workstations. If you want to install the client agent on domain controllers choose the option “Always Install configuration Manager Client on Domain Controllers“, with this the client agents will be installed on all the newly discovered Domain controllers. If you want to have an option of pushing the client agent to domain controllers during client installation wizard then choose the option “Never Install Configuration Manager Client on Domain Controller unless specified in Client Push Installation Wizard”. Click on Apply.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Select the Accounts tab, the account that you will add here must have local administrator rights on every computer on which you want to install the client.. I will choose “PRAJWALsccmadmin” as the user account for deploying client agent on systems. Once you have added the account, Click Apply and OK to close the properties page.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

After few minutes we see that ccmsetup.exe *32 process is seen on the systems. The below screenshot is from one of the machine named WIN7.PRAJWAL.LOCAL.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Similar screenshot from one of the machine named WIN8.PRAJWAL.LOCAL.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Before the client agent is installed, the files required for installation is first copied to the system under the path windowsccmsetup.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

After few minutes we see that the configuration manager 2012 R2 client has been installed on 2 machines (WIN7 and WIN8) and the Client Activity status is Active.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Installing the Configuration Manager Client through Client Push Wizard

In the above example we enabled automatic sitewide client push installation and the client were installed on few systems. While configuring client push installation we had specified not to install the configuration manager clients on domain controllers automatically when discovered, however the client could be installed through client push installation. In this example we will install the configuration manager client to one machine Named AD (Domain controller).

From the Configuration Console, Click Assets and Compliance, Under Devices Select All Systems. Right Click on the system where the client has to be pushed. Click Install Client.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Click Next.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

 

Specify Client Push Options – Since we are installed the client on the system which is a domain controller, check the box for Allow the client software to be installed on domain controllers. Also check Install the client software from a specified site and click Next.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

Click Close.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

 

If we take a look at ccm.log file on the SCCM server, we see the complete process right from how the request is sent to server and how the client is installed.

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Client Installation

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Firomsa Degefa
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Firomsa Degefa

Hello Prajwal,
thank you for your tutorials on SCCM, they really relevant.

I deployed sccm CB and used client push installation method which is successful for around 3k machines. but is failed on some machines with the below error in ccm.log
WNetAddConnection2 failed (LOGON32_LOGON_NEW_CREDENTIALS) using account domain\account (00000035) $$
The device PCname.domain.com does not exist on the network.

Given that the client push installation account is domain admin
and the target machine is domain joined and accessible form network.

please could you help me to have all enterprise devices installed with the client.

Thank you

Firomsa Degefa
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Firomsa Degefa

Thank you Prajwal for your posts so far on SCCM.
I have deployed SCCM CB Succeesfully, used Client push installation method and around #3K devices are installed with the client. but client installation failed on some machines and the below is error in CCM.log
WNetAddConnection2 failed (LOGON32_LOGON_NEW_CREDENTIALS) using account domain\account (00000035) $$
The device PCname.domain.com does not exist on the network.

Given that Client installation account is domain account
The targeted machine is accessible on the network and joined domain

Please can you help to deal with this issue.

Thank you
Firomsa

Sai Siva Kumar
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Sai Siva Kumar

Hi,
I have installed client manually, Configuration manger is visible in control manager, but in SCCM Console machine is not displayed. What could be the reason?

kavitha
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kavitha

Hi Prajawal,

Am trying to Push SCEP AV for servers.
could please let me know if this requires the restart.

Yvan MARGUERITE
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Yvan MARGUERITE

Hi Prajwal, With the 1706 CB, We have used the client upgrade in Hierarchy Settings properties and we have specified an exclude fonctionnality with all write filters clients (FBWF). But the upgrade have been running on them… Is there a bug ? thanks for your reply

Duy
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Duy

Hi Prajwal san,
Sorry i have a question when i check client , many client check no results, how i fix it.

Thank you

Duy
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Duy

Hi Prajwal san,
I have a mistaken , i remove 2 DEVICES an how i can add again, please help me .

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

Hi Prajwal, I have deployed SCCM 1702 from scratch. Having performed client push installation to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 machines I noticed configuration manager scheduled task differ, on Windows 10 machine I have
Configuration Manager Health Evaluation
Configuration Manager Idle Detection
Configuration Manager Passport for Work Certificate Enrollment Task
whilst on Windows Server 2016 only the first one, Configuration Manager Health Evaluation. Is this normal?

Davidson
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Davidson

Hi Prajwal,
I have an issue with ccm client. When I try to push it to client PCs, it shows in task manager but it doesn’t install. Also doesn’t create any folder is System.

Many thanks in advance.

Nazar
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Nazar

What is the best method to install client on discovered computers in Configuration Manager. We have around 1000 machines that has been discovered by CM, but client is not getting installed. Appreciate your response

Arun
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Arun

Hi Prajwal, Your posts are simply awesome 🙂 I need a small clarification and help in fixing below problem. Following is my test SCCM lab where i’m running 2012 R2 (acts as a DC, SCCM server, SQL Mgmt studio and other features are installed to test SCCM functionality), along with it 2 client machines added additionally (Windows 8.1 and windows 10 – one each). 1. I’m able to install SCCM client to Windows 8.1 machine but not able to windows 10.. Why? (note: i’m currently using configuration manager 1511 (site version: 5.00.8325.1000), Windows 10 Pro is 2015 edition). Is that… Read more »

Raju Sriram
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Raju Sriram

Hi Prajwal,

I have configured SCCM 2012 went through as per your step by step process , but i am unable to push client installation to nodes its not communicating. Can you please advice any solution for it.

niranjan jain n
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niranjan jain n

Hi Prajwal,

By mistake i have initiated client push on all system collection and client installation is retrying on all machine discovered, so could you please help me out on this issue how to stop client installation on newly discovered system

kishore penneti
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kishore penneti

Hi Prajwal, For the client installation to start, do I need to login as a domain user in the destination machine or is it okay to login as a local administrator of that machine. I have a machine which is the member of the domain, it is also listed on the Devices page in SCCM console, but, client installation does not start. Adding to above lines, I have used the domain administrator account as the client installation account. [23, PID:2924][08/09/2017 07:03:34] :Install Client action is disabled for unsupported value of ResoruceType, ClientType or Unknown [23, PID:2924][08/09/2017 07:03:35] :Install Client action… Read more »

kishore penneti
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kishore penneti

Hi Prajwal,

For the client installation to start, do I need to login as a domain user in the destination machine or is it okay to login as a local administrator of that machine?

Pashko Paflentiy
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Pashko Paflentiy

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Pashko Paflentiy
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Pashko Paflentiy

Hello Prajwal.
Please help.
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Arvin Lazaro
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Arvin Lazaro

Hi Prajwal,

After implementing the firewall settings, i finally got the devices in my SCCM testing.

Thank you so much!

Krzysztof Maciejkiewicz
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Krzysztof Maciejkiewicz

Hi guys, if you find yourself failing to install agent on Windows 10, install the bollow SPs will sort this out.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection SP1
http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/evalx/sc2012r2/SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP.exe
http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/evalx/sc2012r2/SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr.exe
Code:
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection SP2
http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/evalx/sc2012r2/SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP.exe

tamiratta
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tamiratta

Hello Prajwal,
Thank you very much for your tutorials, I’ve one question though,
I was following the guides to setup SCCM on Server 2012 R2 environment and i followed every steps but i simply got stuck on this step,
ccmsetup.exe hasn’t shown in task manager processes list. The client is Windows 10.
Please help!

Saif Adam
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Saif Adam

good evening dear.
can you please tell me how to add workgroup to sccm 1511 .???
I tried all commands was in google but no result
[email protected]

Parth Dholakia
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Parth Dholakia

It seems the client was pushed out to most machines but it left out some of the machines. The machines that were left out, under client type it says “None” but the ones that received the client says “Computer” for client type. How do I make every machine in the domain show up as a computer? I am attaching the screenshot for the example.

Parth Dholakia
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Parth Dholakia

It seems the client was pushed out to most machines but it left out some of the machines. The machines that were left out, under client type it says “None” but the ones that received the client says “Computer” for client type. How do I make every machine in the domain show up as a computer?

AaronSmith86
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AaronSmith86

Where do you set the account for manual push that would have access to the admin$?

Nick
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Nick

Hi Prajwal,

The ccmsetup.exe does not appear in task manager, processes on my Windows 7 client. The client does however show up in the all systems collection. I’m kind of stuck.

Nick
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Nick

Hi Prajwal,

Thanks for you wonderful guide, you have been a great help so far.

Nick

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

I installed SCCM 2012 R2 from scratch in my test domain environment. Having done all you did automatic site-wide client push installation does not work at all. In ccm.log there is no single entry with failed installation as if automatic site-wide client push installation is not enabled.

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

I have installed SCCM 2012 R2 from scratch in my test domain environment. Having done all you did automatic site-wide client push installation does not work. More than 1 hour passed and still nothing happened as if automatic site-wide client push installation was not enabled.

Nabil Jamil
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Nabil Jamil

Hi Prajwal,
I have followed all the instructions and deployed configuration manager. I have tried both methods client push method and manual method to install ccm.exe of stillthe client machine is not showing active connection. Please Suggest… Thanks

Nabil Jamil
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Nabil Jamil

Hi Prajwal,
I have followed all the instructions and used both client push method and manual client installation, but configuration manager is still showing no active connections in client machine however win 7 client machine is showing ccm.exe in taskmanager services

safi
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safi

Hi Prajwal,
Thank you very much for great help .
it is very easy to learn and understand it help me a lot… if i am not wrong ccmsetup.exe replaced with ccmexec.exe if you agree please updated thanks again.

Scott
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Scott

Hi Prajwal, Thank you so much for the work you’ve put into this site. It has been a huge help! I had a SCCM 2012 SP2 stand alone site and was trying to install clients to a few test machines. I succeeded easily on the Win 7 machine, but failed on Win10. With some more reading it seemed that I needed to upgrade to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 from SCCM 2012 SP2 which I accomplished, but I’m still having trouble pushing clients to the Win10 machines. Is there more to do to make this work other than the simple upgrade?… Read more »

Douglas Smith
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Douglas Smith

Hi Prajwal, I have a tough question for you. We have setup our SCCM 2012 and the client install account. The account is in domain admins to ensure it can login to all computers in the domain. The auditors require that we setup the account so that it cannot be used by anybody to login interactively to the desktop. I know how to disable login through GPO and “Log on Locally”. I am curious if setting that will prevent my client installs from working! Have you seen this situation before and if so, how did you deal with it?

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Instead of adding the Client Push Installation account to Domain Admins, you can create a Group Policy object to add a Restricted Group setting to add the Client Push Installation account to the local Administrators group.

Douglas Smith
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Douglas Smith

Would work for the installs but would still be able to log on locally unless I am missing your point. What is the Restricted Group Setting you are referring to here? Thanks,

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Hey why don’t you use Software update point-based installation method. The advantage here is it does not require you to configure and maintain an installation account for the intended client computer.

FlavioPena
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FlavioPena

Hi Prajwal, thank you for your great documentation on SCCM, it is absolutely great! Quick question, where do you go within the primary site server to cancel a Push Client Install request? I sent a push install request to a workstation and looking in the ccm.log the request failed. I later found out that it was because the Primary site server was unable to resolve it’s dns hostname, so reinstalling the client is not necessary anymore, but now the request is stuck in queue retrying. Where do I go to delete this request from queue within the primary site server?

James Vincent
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James Vincent

When a client push installation is initiated ConfigMgr generates a CCR – Client Configuration Request file – for each client. To stop the process those files must be manually deleted.
Location – Program FilesMicrosoft Configuration Managerinboxesccrretry.box

FlavioPena
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FlavioPena

Thanks! Found it!

Senseists
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Senseists

I am having issues installing SCCM client on a Windows Server 2012 client. This is the only server that is unable to install the client on the entire domain servers. Manual install of the client also yields the same issue. Below are the errors ccmsetup.log. Please advise

GetSSLCertificateContext failed with error 0x87d00281 ccmsetup 05/07/2015 9:45:14 AM 4292 (0x10C4)

GetHttpRequestObjects failed for verb: ‘GET’, url: ‘HTTPS://SMS-SCCM.GROUP.COM/CCM_Client/ccmsetup.cab’ ccmsetup 05/07/2015 9:45:14 AM 4292 (0x10C4)

DownloadFileByWinHTTP failed with error 0x87d00281 ccmsetup 05/07/2015 9:45:14 AM 4292 (0x10C4)

CcmSetup failed with error code 0x87d00281 ccmsetup 05/07/2015 9:45:14 AM 1296 (0x0510)

shang
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shang

HI
I have a problem after installing the client. The computer has disappeared from the collection. Can anyone help me with this issue. When I try to add the computer back to the collection it doesn’t have any changes.

Thank you

WHER?!?
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WHER?!?

Hello,

I have an issue pushing out the client after setting up the firewall and everything else.

The error message I get it first, “Unable to get SMS_Client object from WMI on remote machine “?????”, error = 0x80041010.

Then after it tries to copy the client files,

“Execute query exec [sp_CP_SetLastErrorCode] 2097152416, 0”

Then on the target machine, I do not see any Microsoft configuration Manager folder nor any client.

Does anybody have same issue?

Blackmamba27
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Blackmamba27

Hi im having a few issues with a sccm2012 install it allows me to continue but clearly there is an issue any ideas? I also looked at the ccmsetup log and this error occurs constantly “omGetServerRoleavailabilitystate could npt read from the registry on …… This server is 2008 r2 and was created with sccm2007 so I figured the client would be installed I used ccmclean and it says its removed everything but its not working it seems and the MP is still 0n 2007 and im need to migrate at some point but firstly I need to get this install… Read more »

James Vincent
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James Vincent

what does setup log file says ?. I see that it shows core setup has completed but it’s worth taking a look at the setup log file.

Fisayo
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Fisayo

I still get error message with Error: Failed to connect to the \machinenameadmin$ share using account “Machine Account”

James Vincent
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James Vincent

For testing purpose, turn off the firewall on the client machine and check.

Fisayo
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Fisayo

Thanks but I have other clients installed without turning off the Firewall, all WS2012 installed ok, excepts WS2008 and WIN7/WIN8.

James Vincent
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James Vincent

That looks little strange to me.

James Vincent
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James Vincent

could a group policy issue too. Check the GPO’s once.

shambu Gowda
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shambu Gowda

hi I have installed SCCM 2012 r2 , in client Push settings I cont add domain user , option is for only site system(local) in location , please let me know what is wrong ???

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Can you attach the screenshot ?

shashidhar
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shashidhar

getting 21479 error

James Vincent
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James Vincent

can you tell me more about this error ?.

shashidhar
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shashidhar

Hi Prajwal I am getting 53 error…

James Vincent
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James Vincent

can you tell me more about this error ?. post a screenshot if possible.

Manoj Prabhakaran
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Manoj Prabhakaran

Hi Praj,

I had followed all the steps and all working fine , facing one issue in install client automatic (Automatic Sitewide Client Push Installation) -its not happening , i have created machine (machine name : USER4) , But the same machine if i push client from console its happening .- I have attached error log screenshot please help

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Check the DNS once.

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

Finally installation process has started. It took a long time – you said it took a few minutes but in my case it took much more than that. At least it started.

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Hi Bojan, are you deploying the client agent in your lab setup or production environment ?

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

Hi Prajwal, client was eventually installed on machines where it should be installed – two Win7 machines and one Win2012R2. This is a lab environment with 6 machines in total – two DCs, SCCM server and these three machines where client was installed. Since this is a small lab environment I expected it would have been less time consuming process – almost half an hour for three machines is way too much time.

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Okay, if its the lab setup then i think the agent installation shouldn’t have taken much time. Try creating new boundary with IP address range.

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

Can you give me some advice how to master this huge technology – I have been working with Windows Server, vSphere, Exchange, SQL, PowerShell . . . but none of them looks so intimidating or it is only my first impression. Another problem is the fact I do not have SCCM in production and chances are slim I will have it in near future. Not to mention I would also like to master SCOM, SCVMM and Orchestrator – other SC components I am not interested in (I think these four are enough :-)). Books for SCCM and SCOM are almost… Read more »

James Vincent
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James Vincent

@Bojan – Since you have worked on multiple technologies SCCM shouldn’t be tough for you. I know the books are boring and Nuggets explain only the basic things. My suggestion to you would be to setup a lab environment and deploy SCCM in it. Play with it for couple of weeks and you will find SCCM bit easy. Today most of the companies are moving from WSUS to SCCM as its easier to manage and deploy windows updates. Along with this the tool also has many other features such as OSD, software metering, software compliance etc. So just start with… Read more »

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

Ok, only problem there is the fact that books usually have most detailed explanation of various components of SCCM in this case. I have a book Mastering SCCM 2012 R2, so I use it as additional material to your lectures and video tutorials. Without any doubts practice on test environment which I have already put in place is invaluable. Since I have experience in working with MDT & WDS that helps me very much in my learning process, but there are some tricky areas such as building complex queries in order to create custom collections. Nevertheless I am not in… Read more »

Bojan Zivkovic
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Bojan Zivkovic

I have done everything you posted but on neither machine in test domain client has not been installed automatically – there is no ccmsetup folder. Almost 15 mins or more have passed since I set up Enable Automatic site wide client push installation . . . I defined discovery methods and boundaries and everything else as you showed in previous parts. Nothing happens on client machines. Since I am novice in SCCM this is not a good start at all. Installing clients manually is something I can try but why would I do that if there is automatic installation of… Read more »

manish nair
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manish nair

IS hyper-v a tool just like vmware workstation wher we can open VMs and work on them or it does more than that , like somethin related to it deploys VMs to cloud and all ?

How sccm administration diff from sccm app and os deployment ? wht tasks comes under sccm administration ?

manish nair
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manish nair

slightly diff from the current blog, I wanted to kno which tool is mostly used for VDI nowadays in cos ?

James Vincent
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James Vincent

Microsoft VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, Vmware View, Oracle VDI etc..

manish nair
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manish nair

during client push,wht if d client pc is shutdwn ? i cant see any scheduling option

James Vincent
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James Vincent

If the PC is shutdown then the client won’t get installed. have you enabled client push installation for site ?

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