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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Client Web Service Point and Deploying the SCCM Agent

This guide is in continuation to my guide on deploying system center 2012 r2 configuration manager, as found here.

This guide will go over installing the Application Catalog to allow users to choose software they may wish to download and install (that you have already approved), configuring the SCCM client options, deploying the client, and verifying the client has been installed.

Configuring Application Catalog

  1. Launch the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager console
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Console - Task Bar
  2. Click on Administration in the bottom left corner
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration
  3. Expand Site Configuration and select Sites and right click on your site and select Add Site System Roles
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles
  4. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - General
  5. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - Proxy
  6. Check Application Catalog Web Service Point, Application Catalog Website Point, and click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - System Role Selection - ACWSP
  7. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - System Role Selection - ACWSP - HTTP

    1. NOTE: If you have a PKI environment, go ahead and check HTTPS and hit Next > to encrypt your network traffic
  8. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - System Role Selection - ACWSP IIS
  9. Enter your Organization name, select a Website theme, and click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - System Role Selection - ACWP
  10. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - System Role Selection - Summary
  11. Click Close
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Site Configuration - Sites - Add Site System Roles Wizard - Completion
  12. Verify you can access the website from a remote machine (you will need Silverlight in order to browse the page)
    1. https://sccm.mydomain.com/cmapplicationcatalog
      System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - cmapplicationcatalog

 Configuring SCCM Agent Settings

  1. Launch the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager console
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Console - Task Bar
  2. Click on Administration in the bottom left corner
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration
  3. Click Client Settings, right click on Default Client Settings, select Properties
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Client Settings
  4. Select Computer Agent and then click on the Set Website… button near Default Application Catalog website point
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Client Settings - Default Settings - Computer Agent
  5. Select the value that matches your intranet FQDN and click OK
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Client Settings - Default Settings - Computer Agent - Configure Client Settings
  6. Select Yes under Add default Application Catalog website to Internet Explorer trusted site zone
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Client Settings - Default Settings - Computer Agent - IE Trusted sites
  7. Click on Software Updates and schedule software updates to happen every 1 days
    1. NOTE: We want software updates to scan every day to deploy Endpoint Protection (antivirus) defitions to all of our clients.  If you will not be using Endpoint Protection, you may want to leave this at 7 days or however frequently you wish to push updates.
      System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Client Settings - Default Settings - Software Updates - Daily
  8. Click on User and Device Affinity and set Allow user to define their primary devices to Yes
    1. NOTE: What is User Device Affinity?  User device affinity in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is a method of associating a user with one or more specified devices. User device affinity can eliminate the need to know the names of a user’s devices in order to deploy an application to that user. Instead of deploying the application to all of the user’s devices, you deploy the application to the user. Then, user device affinity automatically ensures that the application install on all devices that are associated with that user.  More info can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg699365.aspx
      System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration - Client Settings - Default Settings - User and Device Affinity - Yes
  9. Click OK

Preparing deployment credentials to install SCCM Agent to clients

  1. Launch the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager console
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Console - Task Bar
  2. Click on Administration in the bottom left corner
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Administration
  3. Select Site Configuration, Sites, and then click Settings->Client Installation Settings->Client Push Installation
  4. Check Enable automatic site-wide client push installation and check all options to under System types to cover all machines in your environment
    1. NOTE: This step is optional.  If you wish to manually deploy the SCCM client every time you add a machine to your environment, leave this option unchecked.
      System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Client Installation Settings - Client Push Installation Properties
  5. Select the Accounts tab and then click the yellow star and select New Account
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Client Installation Settings - Client Push Installation Properties - Accounts - New Account
  6. Enter in the SCCMCP user credentials (that have local admin privileges on the remote machines), click the Verify button, and type in the path to one of the shared folders on your machine.
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Client Installation Settings - Client Push Installation Properties - Accounts - New Account - Windows User Account
  7. Click Test Connection and hit OK on the Configuration Manager dialog
    1. NOTE: If this step failed, ensure your folders are being shared properly.  The sharing properties on this folder should have been configured automatically when WSUS was being installed.
      System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Client Installation Settings - Client Push Installation Properties - Accounts - New Account - Windows User Account - Verify
  8. Click OK

Deploy the SCCM Agent to clients

  1. Launch the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager console
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Console - Task Bar
  2. Select Devices, right click on the client you wish to deploy the agent to and select Install Client
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Assets and Compliance - Devices - Client - Install Client
  3. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Install Configuration Manager Client Wizard - Before You Begin
  4. Check Always install the client software optionally check the others and click Next >
    1. Note: Since we only have one site, the Install the client software from a specific site option will default to your only site and in this case, since we aren’t installing the agent on a domain controller, the first checkbox won’t be applicable during installation.
      System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Install Configuration Manager Client Wizard - Installation Options
  5. Click Next >
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Install Configuration Manager Client Wizard - Summary
  6. Click Close
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Install Configuration Manager Client Wizard - Completion

After about 5 minutes or so, you should see an entry in your start menu called Software Center.  If you see this, you have successfully deployed the SCCM client! 🙂

Windows 8 - Start Menu - System Center 2012 R2 - Software Center