How to Install Windows SCCM | Managing Mac with SCCM

Installing Windows SCCM

To manage their clients via SCCM, organizations first need to set up the SCCM infrastructure for Windows. Before the installation can start admins need to do some preliminary work. Admins should use Windows Server 2012 or later. After that is verified, they need to extend the Active Directory Schema. Microsoft supplies a tool, extadsch, that performs this task automatically and documents it in a log file. The third step is to generate a new container, System Management, using the tool ADSIEdit and to specify rights for this container.

Microsoft Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

The Microsoft Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) is also required for Windows SCCM. Admins can download this from a Microsoft website. They need two of the kit’s components, the User State Migration tool (USMT) and the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WindowsPE). The Microsoft ADK as a whole is used to provide client systems with Windows images. Windows SCCM works with a database, and an SQL server is essential for this purpose. This SQL server can be installed on the same system as all the other components that make up and help SCCM, if desired. If admins need the SCCM’s reporting functionality, they should activate the Reporting Services when installing the SQL server.

The tool Prerqchk

The tool Prerqchk can verify whether all the requirements for SCCM have been met. The Windows SCCM installation wizard itself asks how SCCM should be installed. Admins can choose “primary site” if SCCM should only manage a single location within the organization. The location code and name to be used for installing are other parameters that need to be entered in the Windows SCCM installation wizard. A link to the SQL server and the choice of whether to install the distribution points along with the application are the final entries.

Managing Mac Clients

The SCCM plug-in, Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM, is an easy way for admins to manage Mac clients as well—directly from the SCCM console.

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