SCCM 2007 – Part 3: Post Installation Configuration

7          Configuring SCCM site server
The configuration of SCCM primary site will be carried out once the installation is of SCCM server complete. The procedure for configuring all Primary/Secondary sites is similar. The following site components will be configured as given below:-

  • Configuring SCCM Site configuration
  • Configuring Boundaries
  • Configuring Client Agents
  • Configuring Client Installation Methods
  • Component Configuration
  • Configuring Discovery Methods
  • Configuring Site Systems

7.1    Configuration of SCCM Primary Site

After the setup of SCCM 2007 primary site is complete, open Configuration Manager Console from Start>Programs>Microsoft System Center>Configuration Manager 2007>select ConfigMgr Console.
The console opens and automatically connects to the database as shown below:-

Right click on Primary site and select Properties as shown below


 In the SCCM site Properties page, the general tab will display the site configuration details like the Site Type, Version, Site server name, SQL server, SMS Provider location and Installation directory as shown above. Click on OK to exit the properties window.

7.2         Configuration of Site Boundary

The site boundary is the logical location of the machines which belong to the Contoso AD site and network. Navigate through the Site Settings and select Boundary as shown below:-

Right click on Boundary and select New Boundary as shown above


In the New Site Boundary page provide the Description, Site Code and Type. Here select the Type as Active Directory. Then provide the appropriate AD as shown above.


The Boundary for SCCM is now configured. All required IP subnets are now present in the Boundary as shown above.

7.3         Configuration of Client Agents

This section provides the configuration of Client Agents. The client agents are the options on the client machines which should be enabled for inventory, reporting and software distribution.
The Client agents which have to be configured are given below:-

  • Hardware Inventory Client Agent
  • Software Inventory Client Agent
  • Advertised Programs Client Agent
  • Computer Client Agents
  • Remote Tools Client Agent
  • Software Metering Client Agent 
  • Software Update Client Agent
In site management navigate through Site (KAL)>Site Settings>select Client Agents.
All the client agents will be displayed on the center of the console window.  

7.3.1          Hardware Inventory Client Agent

Right click on Hardware Inventory Client Agent and select Properties.

Select to enable hardware inventory and click on Customize. Provide a schedule of 1 week to run hardware inventory on client machines and click on OK to apply the changes.

7.3.2         Software Inventory Client Agent

Right click on Software Inventory Client Agent and select Properties.

In the General tab, click in the check box to enable software inventory and provide a schedule of 1 week to run as shown above.


In the Inventory Collection keep the default settings as shown above.


In the File Collection tab you can specify additional file types and size.


Keep default settings in the Inventory Names and click on OK to save and exit.

7.3.3          Advertised Programs Client Agent

Now right click on Advertised Programs Client Agents and select Properties.

In the General tab of properties window, click in the check box to enable software distribution.


In Notification tab, check mark the option ‘Display a notification message’ and keep the countdown length (time to display the notification) to 5 minutes. Click OK to save and exit.

7.3.4          Computer Client Agent

Right click on Computer Client Agent and select Properties as shown below.

In the General tab, set the Network Access account. This account is the SCCM service account which has been created for installation and configuration of SCCM. Also set the policy polling time interval and status message reporting cycle as shown above.

In the Customization tab, provide the Organisation name as Contoso and click on Apply.


Keep default settings in Reminders tab and click on Apply.


In the BITS tab, change the throttling window start and end time from 9 AM to 5 PM as shown above.

In Restart tab, keep default settings for restart countdown to 5 minutes and final notification to 1 minute as shown above. Click on Apply and OK to save and exit.

7.3.5          Remote Tools Client Agents

Right click on Remote Tools Client Agent and select Properties.

In the General tab, click in the check box ‘Enable remote tools on clients’ and permission for administrator to access clients. Keep level of control to Full Control for Windows 2000 and XP machines as shown above.


In the Security tab, add the Domain Admins group.


In Notification tab, check mark in the options ‘Display a visual indicator’ and ‘Play a sound’. This will show the user on the client machine that the administrator wants to access the machine.


In Remote Assistance tab, modify the settings required as shown above.

In Remote Desktop tab, check mark the option ‘Configure Remote Desktop settings’ and select the option ‘Allow permitted viewers to connect using Remote Desktop Connection as shown above.

Click on Apply and OK to save and exit.

7.3.6          Software Metering Client Agent

Right click on Software Metering Client agent and select Properties.

In the General tab, check mark to enable software metering.

In the Schedule tab, provide the schedule for software metering. Here data collection will occur after every 5 days.

7.3.7          Software Updates Client Agent

Right click on Software Updates Client Agent and select Properties

In the General tab, check mark to enable software updates on clients. Select simple schedule to run every 3 days.

In Update Installation tab leave the defaults and will modify it as per the requirement.


In Deployment Re-evaluation tab, select simple schedule to run every 7 days as shown above.

7.4         Client Installation Methods

This section provides the method by which SCCM client agents will be deployed on the client machines through the SCCM server. In this method the client agents will be pushed on the client machines present in the site boundary by the SCCM server. The client agent will automatically get installed on the client machines which have been assigned to the SCCM site.
Navigate to Site (KAL)> Site Settings> select Client Installation Methods.
There are two options which are visible on the right side of the window.
·         Software Update Point Client Installation
·         Client Push Installation
Software update point client installation is used for deploying patches and software updates from SCCM server to the client machines.
Client push installation is used to deploy the client agent on the client machines automatically by SCCM server.

7.4.1          Client Push Installation

Right click on Client Push Installation and select Properties


In General tab, check mark ‘Enable Client Push Installation to assigned resources’ and select only ‘Workstations’ as shown above.


In accounts tab, provide the SCCM service account as shown above.


In the Client tab, keep the default settings. Here it shows the site code (KAL) which will be assigned to the client machines after the installation of client agents.

7.5         Component Configuration

This section will provide the procedure for component configuration of SCCM site server. This is required for defining the appropriate site servers as management points and for specifying software distribution drive and configuring software updates settings.
The following components will be configured as given below:-
·         Management Point Component
·         Software Distribution
·         Status Reporting
For component configuration, go to Site Management> Site (KAL)> Site Settings> Component Configuration. All the required components will appear on the right side of the window.
Note: This is applicable for all primary site configurations.

7.5.1          Management Point Component

Right click on Management Point Component and select Properties


In the General tab of the Properties page the management point which is the same SCCM server will appear as shown above. Click OK to save and exit.

7.5.2          Software Distribution

To configure software distribution, right click on Software Distribution and select Properties


In the General tab of the properties page you need to provide the drive on which the software packages will be copied in to the distribution folder. The client machines will receive the software package from this distribution point. Here it’s drive-E on the SCCM server.

7.5.3          Software Update Point Component

Right click on Software Updated Point Component and select Properties


In the General tab, select ‘Active software update point on site server’ and provide the port numbers as shown above. Here the ports used by WSUS are 80 and 443


In Sync Settings tab, select ‘Synchronize form Microsoft Update’ and ‘Do not create WSUS reporting events’ as shown above.


In Classification tab, select the appropriate updates which are required as shown above.


In Products tab, select the Operating Systems products as shown above. Further as per the requirements other products can also be selected.


In Sync Schedule tab, do not select synchronisation schedule, since synchronisation with Microsoft update will be done manually.


In Languages tab, select only English language as shown above and click on Apply and OK to save and exit.

7.5.4          Status Reporting

Right click on Status Reporting and select properties as shown below:-

This will enable reporting services of SCCM.


Select the options to report ‘All Milestones’ for both server and client components as shown above. Click OK to save and exit.

7.6         Discovery Methods

In this section, the procedure for discovering resources will be provided. Configuring discovery methods for SCCM 2007 at Contoso is required because SCCM site database needs to be populated with resources present the network. Later on these resources will be managed by SCCM server.
NOTE: This is applicable for all Primary sites only.

The following discovery methods will be configured as given below

·         Active Directory System Discovery
·         Heart Beat Discovery
To configure discovery methods, go to Site Management>Site (KAL)>Site Settings> select Discovery Methods. All discovery methods will be displayed on the right side of the window as shown below:-

7.6.1          Active Directory System Discovery

Right click on Active Directory System Discovery and select Properties as shown below:-
On the Active Directory System Discovery properties page, in the General tab, ensure that “Enable Active Directory System Discovery” is selected as shown below. Click on star button to specify the active directory container or organizational unit. Here we have selected OUs for Desktop, Laptops and Servers in domain.

Active Directory System properties will be shown as above.


Click on Poling Schedule and select Run Discovery as soon as possible.


In Active Directory attribute tab, keep default settings and click on Apply and OK to save and exit.

7.6.2        Heartbeat Discovery 

Right click on Heartbeat discovery and select Properties.

In the General tab of Properties window, check mark ‘Enable Heartbeat Discovery’ and set the schedule to 1 day as shown above. Click on OK to save and exit. 

Discovery methods are now configured. Using these methods, the SCCM server will be able to discover the client machines belonging to the site. Once the machines get discovered the SCCM site server will then start deploying client agents on the discovered machines.

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