3 Best Ways to Install SCCM Console on Windows 10

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.
SCCM Console Installation

You now see Configuration Manager Console setup wizard. Click Next.

SCCM Console Installation

Specify the site server name (FQDN). Click Next.

Provide site name

That’s the default location of console installation. Click Next.

console install path

Click Install.


The Configuration Manager console installation is complete on Windows 10 computer. Click Finish.

SCCM console installed

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.

In earlier versions of SCCM, we only used consolesetup.exe to package and deploy the console. However starting with SCCM version 1902, you need all the below files to install the console properly.

  • ConsoleSetup.exe
  • AdminConsole.msi
  • ConfigMgr.AC_Extension.i386.cab
  • ConfigMgr.AC_Extension.amd64.cab

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.

Manually install SCCM console

The console installation is complete. Click Finish.

Manually install SCCM console

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
SCCM console command prompt

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 NameDescriptionLocation of Log File
ConfigMgrAdminUISetup.logRecords the installation of the Configuration Manager console.Computer that runs the Configuration Manager console
SmsAdminUI.logRecords information about the operation of the Configuration Manager console.Computer that runs the Configuration Manager console
Smsprov.logRecords activities performed by the SMS Provider. Configuration Manager console activities use the SMS Provider.Site server or site system server

6 thoughts on “3 Best Ways to Install SCCM Console on Windows 10”

  1. I have found to registry fixes that solve to problems
    1. Fix the limit on the list of software packages you see when you query for a software name
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    With the above registry change you will be able to see the full list of packages, when creating a query that needs a listed software package.

    2. This one is only needed if the consolesetup.exe command line was misconfigured with the wrong primary server name or you want to change which server you want your admin console to connect to .

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


      • It depends on how you install SCCM. If you install MP and DP on just one VM/Server, I would recommend atleast 500-800 GB of space. Updates deployment will also take lot of space so you should have some extra space incase the drive gets full.

  2. Hoping you might be able to help. I have two servers that will not install the console using consolesetup.exe, whether it is run from the GUI or from command line. No install logs appear and nor does the GUI. The process blinks onto Task Manager / Details and immediately disappears. I can install it from Admin Console msi, but obviously I dont want to do that, unless there is a way to include the missing components. The first server is 2016 and is the Primary Site Server. The second is 2019 and is a Terminal server for admins. I have also run the prereqchk.exe with the adminui switch which passes. Thank you for any help pointing me in the right direction.


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