Installing SCCM 2012 on Windows Server 2008 R2

When installing System Center Configuration Manager 2012, there are a number of prerequisites. Below are my install steps, step by step with notes.

  • Schema Extensions

    Configuration Manager Active Directory schema extensions are not required for site server installation, but are recommended to fully support the use of all Configuration Manager features. For more information about the advantages of extending the schema extensions, see the Configuration Manager product documentation.

    1. Simply map a drive to the \SMSSETUP\BIN\X64 folder of the installation DVD, and run extadsch.exe from the command prompt. The screenshot below shows I mapped the drive as T:\ drive.


  • WSUS SDK on site server

    Configuration Manager software update points require at least Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) version 3.0 SP2.  If using a remote software update point, the WSUS administration console must be installed on the site server.  For more information on WSUS installation see

    WSUS Server Software Prerequisites

    1. Internet Information Services (IIS) role with ASP.NET, Windows Authentication, Dynamic Content Compression, and IIS 6 Management Compatibility.


  • Microsoft Remote Differential Compression (RDC) library registered

    The Microsoft Remote Differential Compression (RDC) library must be registered for Configuration Manager site server installation.

    1. Enable the Remote Differential Compression feature


  • Verify site server permissions to publish to Active Directory

    The site server might be unable to publish to Active Directory. The computer account for the site server must have Full Control permissions to the System Management container in its Active Directory domain. You can ignore this warning if you have manually verified these permissions. For more information about your options to configure required permissions, see

  • Required SQL Server Collation

    Configuration Manager requires that you configure your SQL Server instance and Configuration Manager site database (if already present) to use the SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation, unless you are using a Chinese operating system and require GB18030 support.  For information about changing your SQL Server instance and database collations, see  For information about enabling GB18030 support, see

  • SQL Server security mode

    The SQL Server name specified is configured for SQL authentication security. It is recommended to configure the SQL Server to operate only in Windows authentication security before you continue Configuration Manager Setup.

  • Configuration for SQL Server memory usage

    SQL Server is configured for unlimited memory usage. You should configure SQL Server memory to have a maximum limit.

  • SQL Server process memory allocation

    Configuration Manager requires SQL Server to reserve a minimum of 8 gigabytes (GB) of memory for the central administration site and primary site and a minimum of 4 gigabytes (GB) for the secondary site. This memory is reserved by using the Minimum server memory setting under Server Memory Options and is configured by using SQL Server Management Studio. For more information about how to set a fixed amount of memory, see

  • IIS service running

    Internet Information Services (IIS) is required for some site system roles. You have selected to install a site system role that requires IIS. Install IIS on the site system to continue setup.

  • BITS installed, BITS enabled

    Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is required for the management point and distribution point site system roles. BITS is not installed, IIS 6 WMI compatibility component for IIS7 is not installed on this computer or the remote IIS host, or Setup was unable to verify remote IIS settings because IIS common components were not installed on the site server computer. Also, check if IIS/BITS services are running properly. Setup cannot continue until BITS is installed and enabled in the IIS settings.

    1. Install the BITS feature


  • IIS HTTPS Configuration

    Internet Information Services (IIS) website bindings for HTTPS communication protocol is required for some site roles. If you have selected to install site roles requiring HTTPS, please configure IIS website bindings on the specified server with a valid PKI server certificate.

  • Minimum .NET Framework version for Configuration Manager console

    The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 is required for Configuration Manager console installation. The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 is available for download at:


  1. Dominic Medsker

    Thanks for the notes!

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