Lab Build – System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview

Today I wanted to check out the new features of the Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager Technical Preview

The technical preview includes new features such as:
Windows 10 in-place upgrade
Mobile Application Management
Data protection for mobile devices
Preferred management points
On-premises mobile device management (MDM)
Support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines
Client deployment status in console monitoring

All ISO’s in this lab were downloaded from Technet’s Evaluation Center

The servers in my lab are running Server 2012 R2

Configuration: I have 3 Hyper-V Machines

Domain controller – Server 2012 R2
SQL Server – SQL 2012 SP1, Server 2012 R2
SCCM Server – System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview, Server 2012 R2

Windows Firewall is disabled.

On my SQL machine I kiceked off the SQL 2012 SP1 build


I selected SQL Server Feature Installation.


Selected Database Engine Services, Reporting Services and Management Tools.


I used the default instance for this lab.


Earlier I created a normal domain account called ser-sql which I used for my
SQL service accounts.

I changed Startup Type to Automatic for SQL Server Agent.


SQL Collation is SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.


Added my current user as a SQL Administrator and left Windows authentication mode selected.


Once SQL has been installed, I opened up SQL management studio, right clicked on the
SQL server then memory, and
changed the maximum memory from unlimited to 2048MB to suit my lab.


In Computer Management, added my SCCM server to local administrator group.


Extending the Schema is the same as in SCCM 2012.
Make sure the account you’re running is a member of Schema Admins

Run SMSSETUP\BIN\X64\extadsch.exe and make sure it says it is successful.


Next opened up ADSIEdit to create the System Management container and give
the SCCM computer account the correct permissions.


Connected to default naming context. Right click system and create new object. Create a container.

Give it the value of System Management

Right click system management container after creating, then properties, then security and
add the SCCM computer account.

Click Full Control then advanced.


Select the SCCM computer account and click Edit

Select Applies to This object and all descendant objects



Install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)
Select Deployment Tools
Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
User State Migration Tool (USMT)

Net Framework 3.5 Features
Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS)
Remote Differential Compression

IIS Configuration:
Application Development:
ISAPI Extensions

IIS Security:
Windows Authentication

IIS 6 Management Compatibility:
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
IIS 6 WMI Compatibility


Install a Configuration Manager Primary Site


I left options as default.


Enter in the path to download any required files


Choose your site code and site name


This is a lab so log files will be kept as default.



I will be using HTTP not HTTPS


My lab machine will be both management point and distribution point


Click Next, if any of the PreReq’s fail, read what has failed to rectify the issues.


Once the installation has finished, you can open the Configuration Manager console and
view Configuration Manager Preview.


When I have time I will be looking into the new features next.

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