Thursday, August 4, 2011

Windows 2008R2 and SCCM 2007 SP2 - Pt3 - Basic configuration

After the previous article, the installation of SCCM 2007 SP2, it’s time to do the basic configuration.

Basic configuration, find clients on the network
Log on to the Configuration Manager Console

  • Expand (in order) site database, site management, <your site>, site settings, site systems, <your server> and on the right pane, rightclick “ConfigMgr management point” and properties. Select “Allow devices to use this management point” and click OK
  • Rightclick Boundaries, select New Boundary, add a description (e,g, “VL3 boundary” to match it with the sitecode of your installation) and set type to “Active Directory Site”. Then select the sitename that has been configured in Part 1 of this Windows 2008R2 and SCCM 2007 SP2 series, OK, OK
  • Rightclick your site (the one under site management) and click properties. Go to tab Advanced and make sure “Publish this site in Active Directory Domain Services” and “Publish the default management point in DNS (Intranet Only)” are selected. Press OK.
  • You have to define some sort of discovery method so that SCCM can find clients and/or servers (you can also select other methods but i’m going for “Active Directory System Discovery”). Go to Discovery Methods and rightclick “Active Directory System Discovery”, properties, select “enable ..” and click on the yellow icon that looks like a sun. Select ‘Local Domain” and make sure “Recursive” is enabled and press OK. In the window that opens select the topmost item which should be the name of your active directory domain (in my case: “tailspintoys”) and press OK and OK again.
    Goto the tab polling schedule and select “custom schedule” and recur every 5 minutes + OK.
    Press OK to save these settings and quit the window.
    Give SCCM some time to actually discover the computers. Then expand site database, computer management, collections, all systems. Rightclick on “all systems” and select “update collection membership”. Wait a little. Then rightclick again and select “refresh”. You should see some computers now, or at least your domain controller.

    Remember that you always have to “update collection membership” and then “refresh” to see new computers.

Push the sccm client to clients and servers

  • Expand (in order) site database, site management, <your site>, site settings, client installation methods.
  • Rightclick “Client Push Installation”, properties.
  • Click “enable client push installation…” and click on OK at the popup window.
  • Select servers, workstations and domain controllers and also “Enable client push installation to site systems”
  • On the tab accounts, click on the button that looks like a sun and specify the administrator account (best practice is that you will not use that in a production environment!!), OK, Apply, OK

Go back to your collection of computers, “update collection membership” and then “refresh” and after a while the table “Client” will say YES to indicate the SCCM client has been installed.

Create some reports
After the client has been pushed to all desired systems, you want to do something with the collected information.

  • Expand (in order) site database, site management, <your site>, site settings, site systems, <your server> and rightclick your server, select New Roles, Next, select “reporting point” + Next, Finish, Next, Close.
  • Expand (in order) site database, computer management, reporting, Reports and rightclick a desired report, e.g. “Computers in a specific workgroup or domain” and select Run.
  • Or rightclick Reports and select Run. A browser will open and you can click through all the reports. Cool uh?