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using SCCM 2012 in a LAB - Part 4. Configuring Client Settings and adding roles

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In Part 1 of this series we got our AD and SCCM servers ready, and then we installed System Center 2012 Configuration Manager as a standalone Primary site. In Part 2 we configured the SCCM server further by adding some Windows Server roles necessary for the following Configuration Manager 2012 functionality, Software Update Point (SUP) and Operating System Deployment. In Part 3 we configured the server further by Enabling some Discovery methods and creating Boundary's and Boundary Groups. In this part we will configure Client Settings, add roles and Distribute the Configmgr Client to our Computers within the LAB.

In Firewall Ports used during client push installation.

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Note: we will use the ClientInstall account to install the configmgr client on our computers, make sure that this account is a local administrator on your target computers.

In Administration, click on Site Configuration, Sites, select our site, in the ribbon above click on Settings, it will open a new menu, from that menu select Client Installation Settings and from there select Client Push Installation.

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On the general screen, place a checkmark in Enable Automatic site-wide client push installation

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Click on the Accounts tab, and select the yellow star, choose New Account


type in (or browse to select the AD user) the Client Push account, use our ClientInstall account which we created in Active Directory in Part 1.


Note the Verify button, this is new since Beta 2 and allows you to verify that the credentials can connect to your network resources, if you get your password wrong it will tell you !

Click on Verify and type in a Unc path to check.

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Click Ok.

Click on Assets and Compliance and expand Devices, All Systems, you should see that our SCCM server has a client installed but our Domain Controller does not.

Note: If the site server cannot contact the client computer or start the setup process, it automatically repeats the installation attempt every hour for up to 7 days until it succeeds.

You can wait until Client push installs the client or manually install it right now by Right clicking on the Domain Controller and choose Install Client.

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set the Installation Options

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click next through the wizard, close. Meanwhile, on the DC (AD1-Domain Controller) check task manager, and you'll see ccmsetup starting...success


after some minutes the client is installed and you can refresh the view, you'll notice is says Client=Yes on both our systems in the Lab and there are new tabs to look at since beta 2 on the bottom of the screen. We'll get to them in a later post.

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On your AD computer you can start Software Center

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click on Find applications from the application catalog


and your Application Catalog will pop up in Green !

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When I click on the find applications from the app catalog I get a prompt to enter a username and password? Why is that?


Hey mate, I encountered the same issue and after a little research this is a 'by design' result of the browser. Using IE, add the server FQDN of the Application Catalog service to the local intranet zone.


Following the above guide, you would add "sccm.server2008r2.lab.local" to the local intranet zone in IE.

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I would assume that that is what the trusted zones drop down is supposed to make work - but as shown to date the prompt for credentials pops up - even when the trused zones is populated with the sccm server. Being RC software might mean that this may be resolved in the RTM release.


As mentioned previously, by adding to the Local Intranet site alleviates the problem. This setting could easily be added into a group policy which populates this zone for all domain members (or a subset of depending on how your environment is configured).

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I have a problem my Application Catalog IE says Error 404 File or directory not found ! ! can you help me thanks ! !


I hade the same issue, but got it sorted out after reading the logs. You probably installed the .NET 4 before IIS was configured so there is the problem. to fix it;


1. Remove both of the Application Catalog roles

2. Run :%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe –iru

3. Install both of the Application Catalog roles again


Then the page will show up as it should.

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2 problems!


1) Clients arent getting pushed. Not even the site server says the client is installed.

2) Cannot connect to the Application Server error when trying to browse software.




1) - make sure the user account clientinstall (or whatever account you're using) has permissions to install software on the target machine otherwise it won't work.


2) - Ensure that the WCF Activation feature is installed and HTTP Activation is enabled. You can set this up on the SCCM Server via Server Manager, Features, Add Features, Extend .net framework and ensure WCF Activation is selected.



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