Guide Deploying Configuration Manager Client Using Group Policy

Guide Deploying Configuration Manager Client Using Group Policy. If you are planning to deploy SCCM clients using GPO then you must make sure that in the client push installation properties, Enable Automatic site wide client push installation is not checked. If this is checked then the client would get installed on all the systems after its discovery. So first uncheck the option Enable Automatic site wide client push installation and proceed.

1. Open Group Policy Management console. Choose OU, for which new GPO will be created (or you may link it later);

2. Right Mouse Button click and click Create GPO in this domain, and link it here;

3. Enter Name and click OK;

4. Click at newly created policy, in pop-up window click OK;

5. Right Mouse Button click at policy and click Edit;

NOTE: GPO templates files are only required if the schema has not been extended

6. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates. Right Mouse Button click and click Add/Remove Templates;

7. Click Add;

NOTE: The Configuration Manager templates can be found in SourceDVD\SMSSETUP\TOOLS\ConfigMgrADMTemplates or you can also add it from <Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\tools\ConfigMgrADMTemplates.

8. Select templates and click Open;

9. Click Close;

10. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates\Configuration Manager\Configuration Manager Client;

11. Right Mouse Button click at Configure Configuration Manager Site Assignment template and click Edit;

12. Select Enabled to enable the policy, under Options specify Assigned Site codeSite Assignment Retry Interval to 5 minutes, Site Assignment Retry Duration to 1 hour (You can also choose to leave the options to default except site code). Click OK;

13. Right Mouse Button click at Configure Configuration Manager Client Deployment Settings and click Edit;

14. Select Enabled. Under options specify the installation properties for CCMSetup file.  I have used following installation command SMSSITECODE=L01 Click OK;

15. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software installation. Right Mouse Button click and click New\Package;

NOTE: The ccmsetup.msi can be found in SOURCEDVD\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386 or <Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\cd.latest\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386. Copy the ccmsetup.msi in a folder (Create a new folder on SCCM Server) and share it with permissions Read-only for Everyone OR copy it to your SYSVOL folder. I create new folder in ScriptsSCCM Client and copy msi to it.

16. Browse the file ccmsetup.msi and click Open;

17. Select the Deployment method as Assigned. Click OK;

18. When you click on Software installation you should see the Name of the Package, its VersionDeployment Status and Source. You can now close the console;

19. Reboot the Client machine and then SCCM client installation begins. You can see the cmmsetup.exe(32 bit) in Task Manager console;

22. When process disappear, you can go to SCCM Console\Assets and Compliance\Devices and check newly installed client;

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Do you have to reboot the machine to have the .msi kick off? Can you log off and back on instead to have the GPO refresh? I am wanting to install the client on many different servers and really don’t want to put in a change request for all the different machines if I don’t have to.

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