In this post I will cover about the SCCM / Configuration Manager baseline media version. I will also show you the ways to get or download the latest version of SCCM current branch baseline media version.
We know that SCCM 2002 is the latest baseline media version available as of today. ConfigMgr 2002 update is available as an in-console update for everyone.
With the release of ConfigMgr 2002 update for everyone, most of the organizations would look to upgrade their existing ConfigMgr to version 2002.
Configuration Manager 2002 comes with lots of new features and improvements over previous release. There should be no reason why you shouldn’t upgrade to version 2002.
What is Configuration Manager Baseline version
A baseline media includes all the setup files required to install SCCM or Configuration Manager. If you want to install Configuration Manager from scratch then baseline install media is what you need.
As per Microsoft, periodically, additional baseline versions are released. By using latest baseline version to install a new hierarchy, you avoid installing an outdated or unsupported version of Configuration Manager.
After you install a baseline version, the additional versions of Configuration Manager are available as in-console updates. In-console updates update your infrastructure to the latest version of Configuration Manager.
When to download and use SCCM baseline Media version
It’s simple, you use the latest SCCM baseline media when you want to install a new site in a new hierarchy. In addition to that, you also use a baseline version to upgrade from System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
In one of my posts I have covered on the SCCM in-place upgrade paths. Using a baseline media, you can perform an in-place upgrade to supported version.
What Microsoft recommends is after upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch, don’t use baseline versions to stay current. Instead, only use in-console updates to update to the newest version.
That’s true because you use the ConfigMgr baseline version to install the Configuration Manager in new hierarchy. Once that’s done, you don’t need the baseline version. The new updates should be available as in-console updates.
Most of all you install in-console updates starting from your top-level site. Updates you install at the central administration site automatically install at child primary sites. However you can control this timing by using a maintenance window at the primary site.
In the next section you will find out the ways to download a baseline media.
From where can I download SCCM Baseline Media Version
So now that we have understood what is ConfigMgr baseline media version and it’s usage, let’s see from where can you get or download the baseline media version.
There are multiple locations from where you can download latest version of SCCM baseline media. Sometimes the previous baseline media versions will be removed from downloads once there is a new version.
Download ConfigMgr baseline media from MSDN / Visual Studio
You can download the latest baseline version media from Visual Studio Subscriptions (formerly known as MSDN Subscriptions).
You need to subscribe to take advantage of all the tools, cloud services, software access, training and partner benefits.
If you have a Visual Studio subscription, login to https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/subscriptions/.
Click Downloads tab and use the search box to look for the product that you want to download. Type in current branch or Configuration Manager. Click Search.
To download the product, click the Download button next to the product name.
From my understanding, you can download the latest ConfigMgr setup media and up to 2 previous releases.
Soon after the new SCCM baseline version release, sometimes you may not find the latest baseline media available in portal. That’s because it takes sometime for Microsoft to make the baseline media available for MSDN subscribers.
For example, SCCM 2002 is a baseline version but as you can see it’s still not available for download yet. It will be made available soon.
Download SCCM baseline media version from VLSC
You can download SCCM baseline media version from Microsoft VLSC (Volume Licensing Service Center). The Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) gives you easy access to Volume Licensing benefits.
By logging in to this portal, you can download products and keys, manage your Volume Licenses, grant permissions, view account details etc.
To download the Configuration Manager baseline media from VLSC, login to the VLSC portal.
Next, click Downloads and Keys tab. Since there are several products listed, use the search box to find your product.
So let’s say you found the System Center ConfigMgr current branch product. Click Download and from the list of products, select the ConfigMgr baseline media version.
Once again, don’t panic if you don’t see the latest SCCM baseline media in downloads section. Microsoft will upload the media soon after they release the update for everyone.
If you find the product what you were looking for, click the download icon.
Download Configuration Manager baseline media from Microsoft Eval Center
Finally the last method to download the baseline media is by visiting the Microsoft Evaluation Center. The downloads are available for everyone and you don’t need any subscription.
Please note that any product that you download from the Microsoft Eval Center is fully functional for a limited set of days. That’s why it’s called Evaluation version. And you should know that limitation before you download.
For example, the Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (Current Branch – Version 2002) is already listed under Downloads. However it is an evaluation version and expires in 180 days.
To download latest Configuration Manager baseline media, expand Start you evaluation. Click Continue.
You may have to fill a form by providing some details such as name, phone number, your job role etc. Enter those details and click Continue.
In the next step you can download the ConfigMgr baseline media. In most cases it’s an .exe (executable file). You must extract the components to a folder and you can then launch Configuration Manager setup.
Note – You will need a product key to activate Configuration Manager if you download it from Eval Center.
I hope this post helped you to understand what a ConfigMgr baseline version means, when to use it and ways to download it. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in comments section.