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ConfigMgr vNext: A first look at the core installation

One of the announcements at the Ignite Conference earlier this week was the availability of the System Center Configuration Manager vNext –or should I say 2016- Technical Preview. This blog post shares the basic steps and experience of installing this Technical Preview in my lab environment.

Preparations & Prerequisites

A few steps I walked through before doing the actual installation

  1. First things first: get the installation binaries here.
  2. Second: read the required info to get you started here. There are some requirements (mainly the same as for ConfigMgr 2012) and limitations to take into account.
  3. Prepare the backend SQL database. I used SQL 2014. You will need the following features: Database Engine Services, Reporting Services Native and the Management Tools.
  4. Download the ConfigMgr Prereqs using SetupDL.exe from the installation media. The download is approximately 674Mb. Content looks identical to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 but a bit larger in size (last time I checked it was 655Mb for 2012 R2).
  5. Optionally extend the AD Schema.
  6. Install all other requirements, features and roles. As the guidelines in the preview documentation pointed towards 2012 I just used my automation scripts I had available for ConfigMgr 2012.

The installation procedure

Now on to the actual installation. In this lab environment I will install the site server, database and all roles on a single virtual server.

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Launch the splash.hta from the installation sources.

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Select Install.

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Click Next.

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The technical preview only allows installation of a standalone Primary Site. We will opt not to go for the typical installation.

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Accept the license terms and click Next.

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Accept more license terms and click Next again.

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Select the option to use previously downloaded files and provide the path to the files. Click Next.

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The downloaded prerequisite components are verified.

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Provide a site code and site name. Leave the default installation folder and the option to install the console locally on the site server.

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As we run the SQL backend on the same server we can leave the default options and click Next. Tip: make sure to check that the installation account has the required permission.

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Leave the default options. Click Next.

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Leave the default options. Click Next.

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Select the option to configure the communication method on each site system role. Click Next.

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Here we opted to uncheck both boxes and install the Management Point and Distribution Point later on.

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This is a lab so yes we will join the CEIP. Click Next.

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Review the settings summary and click Next.

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A prerequisite checker is launched. Resolve any blocking items and click Begin Install.

Note: I commonly grant permissions for the site server to publish to AD through group membership. The prerequisite checker could not verify this in the past. It seems also in this new version this is still the case.

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15 Minutes later the core setup is completed.

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More detailed information on what is happening behind the scenes can be found in the ConfigMgrSetup log files located in the root of the system drive.

Once the basic installation was completed I added the Management Point and Distribution Point roles. The procedure for doing this is also identical to the one in Configuration Manager 2012.

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To wrap up a quick look in the console at the build numbers of the Technical Preview.

 

Conclusion

For those familiar with installing the previous versions of Configuration Manager the setup experience is still pretty much the same.

That is all for now. Make sure to watch this blog for more content on vNext as I explore it further in my lab environment during the upcoming days and weeks!

Tim

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