Overview

This video tutorial will look at the different options we have to deploy a Configuration Manager client to Windows computers. We’ll cover the following methods:

  • Install Method 1:Client push installation
  • Install Method 2: Software update-based installation
  • Install Method 3: Group Policy installation
  • Install Method 4: Manual installation

Topics in Video

  • Introduction: (0:00)
  • Reviewing Prerequisites for deploying clients to Windows Computers: (0:54)
  • Best practices for deploying clients: (2:23)
  • Have you extended the Active Directory Schema?: (2:30)
  • Client Push Installation Method: (5:01)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of the Client Push Installation Method: (5:13)
  • Overview of the current lab setup: (6:50)
  • Attempting a client push installation: (7:40)
  • Reviewing the ccm.log: (9:07) Creating Group Policy for Firewall Rules: (10:37)
  • Running gpupdate /force on Demo Client: (12:29)
  • Second attempt at client push installation: (13:23)
  • Reviewing the ccm.log after the second attempt: (13:50)
  • Configuring a Client Push Account: (14:07)
  • Creating a local admin Group Policy: (15:24)
  • Final attempt at client push installation: (17:50)
  • Verifying installation of client: (18:04)
  • Performing an Automatic Client Push Installation: (22:45)
  • Verifying Installation of client: (27:55)
  • Software Update-Based Installation: (29:05)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Software Update-Based Installation: (29:29)
  • Best Practices for Software Update-Based Installation: (30:35)
  • Initiating the Software Update-Based client installation: (31:50)
  • Viewing the Configuration Manager Client update in the Patch My PC Publisher: (33:37)
  • Creating a policy to scan against the Software Update Point: (34:53)
  • Verifying policy applied on the client machine: (40:57)
  • Running a Windows Update check: (41:37)
  • Verifying installation of client: (41:59)
  • Configuring site assignment by creating an SCCM Site Assignment Policy: (43:55)
  • Group Policy Installation Method: (47:00)
  • Verifying installation of client: (54:00)
  • Manual Installation Method: (56:02)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of the Manual Installation Method: (56:02)
  • Initiating Manual Installation of client: (58:23)
  • Verifying installation of client: (1:00:12)
  • Performing manual installation when you do not have your site information published to Active Directory: (1:00:23)
  • Verifying installation of client: (1:02:21)
  • Wrap-up: (1:03:03)

Registry Updates

Note: A full guide for this process in the video is available on: https://www.anthonyfontanez.com/index.php/2021/09/01/configmgr-client-deployment-via-software-update/ 

  • SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    WUServer
    • WUServer
    • String
  • SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    • WUStatusServer
    • String
  • SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    • UseWUServer
    • DWORD = 1
  • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CcmExec

Command Lines and Other Examples

  • ccmsetup.exe command lines options = SMSSITECODE=DM1 FSP=DEMO1.CONTOSO.LOCAL MP=DEMO1.CONTOSO.LOCAL
  • gpresult /R /SCOPE COMPUTER /Z
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