Friday, March 25, 2011

Installing ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 release

On 23 march 2011 during MMS 2011 in Las Vegas, ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 is released. Because I'm doing ConfigMgr implementations most of times, I want to know which changes are made during installation. In this blog the setup of this new release is viewed, to see if there are any differences between previous releases. This installation is done on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 server.

Let's download first the new Beta release "ConfigMgr_2012_Beta2_ENU_7561" on Technet Downloads:

Unpack the file, and start Splash.hta for starting the setup. The following screen will be seen then, which has many new options in it:

When choosing INSTALL a message is displayed that DotNet Framework 3.5 SP1 and 4.0 are needed for starting the installation. So let's see first what's needed on the server for having a successful installation:
  • DotNet Framework 3.5 SP1 and 4.0 (with default IIS Role Services)
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 with Cumulative Update 10 or higher (SP2 and R2 are not supported yet)
  • Remote Differential Compression (RDC)
  • Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Windows Server Updates Servies (WSUS) > (optional)
  • IIS Role Services > IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
Then the installation begins..

Next in line after this screen are:
  • Available Setup Options (Primary Site Server, Central Administration Site, Recover a Site Server)
  • Microsoft Software License Terms
  • Updated Prerequisite Components (14 items till now)
  • Site and Installation Settings (Site Code, Site Name)
  • Primary Site Installation (install a standalone site, or join an existing hierarchy)
  • Database Server (SQL Server 2008 SP1 with cumulative update 10 is needed)
When this error message is displayed after installing SQL Server 2008 SP1 with cumulative update 10, the TCP/IP protocol must be enabled.

Start "SQL Server Configuration Manager" for that, choose Protocols, and enable TCP/IP. Then restart SQL Server service for make changes active.

Now the installation can be continued:
  • SMS Provider Settings (cannot be installed on a clustered SQL server)
  • Client Computer Communication Settings (Native or Mixed mode)
  • Site System Roles (Choose HTTP or HTTPS for MP or DP, this can be choosen per rol)
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program Configuration
  • Setting Summary
  • Prerequisite Check
  • Install.. (this takes a while..)
After that ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 is installed! Not that hard I think?

Next blog will zoom deeper in configuring this new ConfigMgr release! I'm very excited about this new ConfigMgr release! I hope you are too!

Thanks to my PQR collegue Stephan Wibier, for the SQL (TCP/IP protocol) advise!

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