03 May 2008

ConfigMgrSP1 Lab: PreReq & Installation

Started building my ConfigMgr SP1 lab on the recently released RC version. Few things I would like to share out.
One being the preRequisites checker. Though this is a minor thing, but it can save you alot of time if you do things right at the first time. Get all the things prepared before you start installing else you will waste a lot of time finding/requesting them.
The other would be a trick (which I tried) which is to reuse the preReq components that was downloaded for the RTM version on SP1, again this might be a small thing to take note but it can save you alot of time if you get this ready as well.

Pre-Req for Installation of ConfigMgrSP1:
  • .NET Framework 2.0
    • Standard preReq
  • SQL Server 2005 Standard SP2
    • Standard preReq
  • MS XML 6.0 Core Services Installed
    • Standard preReq
  • Software Update KB 932303 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93927)
    • The WMI service may stop responding on Configuration Manager site systems with the .NET 2.0 framework installed.) IIS installed (with BITs and WebDAV installed and enabled
  • WSUS 3.0 SP1 Installed (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=79477)
    • Required for Software Update Point
  • Windows Remote Management v1.1 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/KB936059)
    • Required for Out Of Band console and must be installed on the primary site
  • Windows 2003-based schannel hotfix
  • MMC Update for ConfigMgr (Software Update)
    • This software update addresses several MMC errors that may occur when running the Configuration Manager console. This update should be applied if any of the following occur: Configuration Manager console stops responding when the host computer is low on available memory, context menu errors on console home pages, or inconsistent display after drag-and-drop operations do not succeed.
    • NOTE: * You need to request for this hotfix as it is not released for public download yet. Kindly visit : (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=98349) to request for the hotfix

Tips & Tricks

Question: Can I use the previous pre-Requisite Components that was downloaded into my local directory (e.g. C:\Downloads) and just download the updated copy ?

Answer: Yes you can, just rename the existing ConfigMgr.Manifest.cab file and re-initiate download. ConfigMgr will go and download the latest ConfigMgr.Manifest.cab file and you only have 4 files to be downloaded from internet compared to 89 files altogether which are:
      • WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe
      • WindowsUpdateAgent30-x64.exe
      • WindowsUpdateAgent30-ia64.exe
      • ccmsetup.cab

That's it for now ...