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Please note that this guide is designed to get you up and running with SCCM in a LAB Environment as quickly as possible, so server roles are not going to be separated unless otherwise stated. This guide is provided as is, if you find any errors please report them in the forums.


This guide refers to Service Pack 1 but you should use the latest version available currently which is Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2.

The latest version of this guide can always be found at http://www.windows-n...ws-server-2008/



In a production environment please consult Technet for best practise, see below links:




Prerequisites for Installing Configuration Manager




System Center Configuration Manager 2007

How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Site Systems


Best Practices:


Configuring Configuration Manager Sites for Best Performance

Checklist for Security Best Practices

Best Practices for Central and Primary Site Hardware and Software Configuration

Best Practices for Operating System Deployment




Example Configuration Manager Installation Checklist

Example Configuration Manager Upgrade Checklist




This guide assumes that you have first setup Windows Server 2008 and configured it for Active Directory, with DHCP (you only need steps 1 and 2 this guide). If you want to deploy operating systems within SCCM you will then also need the Windows Deployment Services installed, and that is covered in steps 3 and 4 of this guide).


You must have installed and configured IIS (for SCCM) and installed SQL Server 2005 SP2 (or SQL Server 2008 with this hotfix) and WSUS (you can install WSUS later if you want, it's only required for the SUP role).


Please note: WSUS SP2 is a role within Server 2008 R2 so if you are using Server 2008 R2 you can install WSUS Sp2 by adding the role.


If you are thinking about hosting SQL Server on another server than the SCCM server then please read this post.


You should also read the SCCM prerequisites on Technet.





We will be using the MSDN version of SCCM 2007 Sp1 namely en_system_center_configuration_manager_2007_with_service_pack_1_x86_dvd_x14-66461.iso so burn it to DVD or mount it in Daemon tools (or similar).


Part 1. Run the prerequisite checker and fix the warnings/errors.


When the menu appears, click on Run the prerequisite checker, we'll do this to see if our Windows Server 2008 needs any additional tasks performed prior to installing SCCM 2007 sp1.


sccm splash org.jpg


enter your servername as below (leave OUT the instance name or you may get errors explained in the Final Note)




this gave me two prerequisites which needed looking at, the AD Schema extensions, Microsoft Remote Differential compression.




If you want to get more details of the problems identified, then check c:\ConfigMgrPrereq.log (and c:\ConfigMgrSetup.log) or double click each warning/error in turn to get a short description (scrollable) of the problem.


<08-22-2008 10:33:16> WIN-2SDX7MZCDA7; Schema extensions; Warning; 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.



My first problem was that I needed to extend the Active directory schema, to do so I followed this guide.


Once I had extended the active directory schema, I ran the prerequisite checker again,


That left me with the RDC error,


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


That led me here and that in turn had this info


Site servers and branch distribution points require Remote Differential Compression (RDC) to generate package signatures and perform signature comparison. RDC is not installed by default on computers running Windows Server 2008 and is not installed automatically during Configuration Manager Setup. For information about installing RDC on Windows Server 2008 computers, see How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Site System Roles.


Site servers and branch distribution points require Remote Differential Compression (RDC) to generate package signatures and perform signature comparison. RDC is not installed by default on computers running Windows Server 2008.



To add Remote Differential Compression to site servers and branch distribution points


In Server Manager, on the Features node, start the Add Features Wizard.




On the Select Features page, select Remote Differential Compression, and then click Next.




Complete the rest of the wizard by clicking install then close.





Now run the prerequisite checker again and the RDC error should be gone




Once you have no warnings or errors, please proceed to Part 2.








Final Note: if you entered the instance name at the start of this guide, you may get an error which states



Either the user account running Configuration Manager Setup does not have sysadmin SQL Server role permissions on the SQL Server instance targeted for site database installation or the SQL Server instance could not be contacted to verify permissions. Setup cannot continue.


The Technet page for Setup Prerequisite checks states:-


A SQL Server best practice is to remove the Builtin\Administrators group from the sysadmin role on installed SQL Server instances. If the Builtin\Administrators group has been removed from the sysadmin role, the user account running Configuration Manager Setup must be granted sysadmin role permissions for setup to succeed.
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Part 2. Install it !


Start the SCCM 2007 SP1 DVD and click on Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 under Install




review the welcome screen




Choose the first option, Install a Configuration Manager site server




accept the license...




Next we get to choose the type of installation, as we want to see all the options, choose Custom




For Site Type, stick with the default (primary site)




decide if you want to participate in CEIP




Specify your key




where to install it




enter your Site Settings and Site Code name




For the mode type, choose mixed mode (it is easier to setup and we can always migrate to Native mode in the future).




specify your client agent settings...




enter your Database server details




specify your SMS provider settings




Note: The SMS Provider can be installed on the site database server computer, site server computer, or another server class computer (during setup at this point). The SMS Provider is used by the Configuration Manager console, Resource Explorer, tools and custom scripts used by Configuration Manager Admins to access site information stored in the site database.


specify the management point




decide your TCP port settings




check for updates




create a local folder to store these updates if necessary




updates will be downloaded...




once done, click ok to review your settings summary




and click Next to start the prerequisite check (final)


as everything is ok, you can click on Begin Install




After a long wait you should see this




lets launch the configuration manager after closing




and click on Finish to finish the installation.


Congratulations, SCCM 2007 SP1 is now installed !


Note: At this point REBOOT your server.





Next step > SCCM 2007 SP1 configuration guide - Part 1


The guide covers:-


Adding SCCM computer account to SMS groups, setting site boundries and verifying the site name is configured for Active Directory and setting and configuring the site system roles.

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I am new to this web site,


I am trying install SCCM 2007 on virtual machine, I run the prerequisite checker, i got one warning message of WSUS SDK, After that


when i am trying to install SCCM, i am unable to choose primary site( attached error message), please advise on this, i need to create an image urgently.




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That is not an error it is just a warning that doesn't influence installing SCCM. Just click Ok and the installation will continue

Hi, thanks for the reply,


I am unable to install SCCM, i think i need to choose primary site as described in the topic, pls advise.

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looks like you are using the upgrade media from your screenshot....


try using the correct media for installing sccm 2007 sp1




I am trying SCCM 2007 SP1, i un installed and reinstalled SQL 2008, but still same problem, i am unable to choose primary site, pla advise.

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that is only for upgrading an existing SCCM 2007 installation


see > http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5aae62e8-4b7f-4af7-be01-aefaa4bf059a&displaylang=en


assuming that you are trying to install SCCM 2007 sp1 for the first time., you need to download and install the following from technet/msdn


System Center Configuration Manager 2007 with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)


the ISO is called




do you see that file anywhere ??? the numbers after dvd_ may be different for you...

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