In a setup where you have SCCM installed, you can install SCCM console on Windows 10 computer. I will show you how to install Configuration Manager console remotely, via command prompt and also cover log files related to SCCM console.
When you install the SCCM, the console is also installed on the server. The SCCM admins use the console to manage the Configuration Manager environment. Using Configuration Manager console, you can either connect to a central administration site or a primary site. However you cannot connect a Configuration Manager console to a secondary site.
If you have a team who regularly use SCCM console to perform daily tasks, it is not recommended to use the console installed on site server. Rather I would advise IT guys to install the console on their laptops.
In my previous post on SCCM console deployment, I covered the steps to package and deploy Configuration manager console using SCCM. Read about that post here.
If you want to deploy the SCCM console using SCCM, you can use the steps mentioned in that post. In this post I will cover the manual installation of SCCM console. It is always good to know the alternate ways to install the SCCM console.
Where can I find SCCM Console Source Files
When you install SCCM (current branch 1902 and above), the console install files are available at two locations:-
- On Configuration Manager Site server – <ConfigMgr site server installation path>\Tools\ConsoleSetup
- SCCM installation media <Configuration Manager installation media>\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386
You can browse to either of the above location and grab the console install files.
Install SCCM Console on Windows 10 Using Setup Wizard
To manually install SCCM Console on Windows 10 computer using the Setup Wizard
- First of all you need source files for SCCM Console installation copied over to Windows 10 computer.
- From the SCCM installation Media, launch the splash.hta.
- Under Tools and Standalone components, click Install Configuration Manager console.
You now see Configuration Manager Console setup wizard. Click Next.
Specify the site server name (FQDN). Click Next.
That’s the default location of console installation. Click Next.
The Configuration Manager console installation is complete on Windows 10 computer. Click Finish.
Install SCCM Console Using ConsoleSetup
If you don’t have the SCCM installation files with you, you can still install the console. The installation steps are pretty much same as shown above. Most of all there is a slight change in deploying Configuration Manager console in SCCM 1902.
The Console Setup files are located here – <ConfigMgr site server installation path>\Tools\ConsoleSetup
First of all copy entire ConsoleSetup folder on Windows 10 machine. Right-click ConsoleSetup and Run as administrator. On the Configuration Manager Console Setup window, click Install.
The console installation is complete. Click Finish.
Install Configuration Manager Console via Command Prompt
You can also install the SCCM console via command prompt.
- Run the command prompt as administrator.
- Use cd to change the path to a folder that contains Configuration manager console setup files.
- Now run the below command to install the SCCM console.
ConsoleSetup.exe /q TargetDir="%ProgramFiles%\ConfigMgr Console" DefaultSiteServerName=MyServer.Contoso.com
Since we are supplying /q switch, Configuration Manager console installation is unattended.
In addition to the above command, Microsoft supplies another command to install the console with language packs.
By default when you install console, it installs with English as default language. Therefore using the below command with LangPackDir switch, you specify the path to the folder that contains the language files.
ConsoleSetup.exe /q TargetDir="C:\Program Files\ConfigMgr Console" DefaultSiteServerName=MyServer.Contoso.com LangPackDir=C:\Downloads\ConfigMgr
SCCM Console Log Files
Finally I will cover about SCCM console log files. The log files are important when you see the console installation fails or any errors related to console.
Here is a table that includes info about Configuration Manager Console log files.
|Log Name||Description||Location of Log File|
|ConfigMgrAdminUISetup.log||Records the installation of the Configuration Manager console.||Computer that runs the Configuration Manager console|
|SmsAdminUI.log||Records information about the operation of the Configuration Manager console.||Computer that runs the Configuration Manager console|
|Smsprov.log||Records activities performed by the SMS Provider. Configuration Manager console activities use the SMS Provider.||Site server or site system server|