Note: This information is based off Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Beta and is subject to changes between now and RTM.


This is not a replacement for the install documentation that Microsoft provides for installing System Center Configuration Manager SP1, but is merely a high level guide on how to get SCCM SP1 up and running. This does not take in consideration how you should implement SCCM SP1 in your environment, what features beyond vPro Out of Band Management to enable, nor does it take in consideration upgrade paths from SMS 2003. In a supplement blog, I will describe the post installation configuration steps to allow "Out of Band Management" capability to be used within SCCM SP1.


Before you begin the install, there are both infrastructure and base server (the server that SCCM SP1 Site server will be installed on) configuration that need to be performed / consider first.


Infrastructure prerequisites for Out of Band Management




  • Microsoft Enterprise Certification Authority (CA) is necessary for serving web server certification for authentication of the AMT-based computer during out of band management.

  • AMT provisioning certificate from either your own PKI infrastructure or a third party certification from a vendor supported by the vPro platform is required for provisioning vPro clients.

  • vPro Desktops or Laptops that are running AMT firmware version 3.2 or later should have the Intel HECI Driver installed; backward compatibility for AMT firmware version 3.x and 2.x within SCCM SP1 will be provided with the implementation of the Intel WS-MAN Translator which is expected to be release in conjunction with SCCM SP1 RTM.

  • Active Directory and SCCM SP1 Site Server is required to have the correct security permissions in the Active Directory to publish clients. Please note that it is NOT required to extend the AD Scheme to take advantage of SCCM SP1 Out of Band Management capability; however, it may be required to use non-AMT rekated SCCM SP1 Features.

  • You will need to have a DNS Server that resolves the host name ProvisionServer to the Out of Band Service Point for remote configuration of AMT clients. This is not required if you are planning on exclusively using the Configuration Manager 2007SP1 client installed (agent) for provisioning.

  • DHCP with an active scope is necessary. You will need to ensure that DNS servers (006) and Domain name (015) are configured within the scope and the DHCP server is dynamically updating the DNS records.

  • Microsoft SQL 2005 with SP2 needs to be available for the SCCM SP1 Site System Collection Database to be installed on.


SCCM SP1 Site System Server Prerequisites



Installing Microsoft SCCM SP1 is pretty straight forward. The install wizard walks you through all the main configuration steps. To install SCCM SP1, you:


  1. Decompress the SCCM SP1 Install package and run splash.hta.

  2. When the Splash Screen is presented, click "Configuration Manager 2007" under the Install Option.

  3. Verify that you have completed the pre-tasks and click "Next".

  4. Select the "Install a Configuration Manager site server" and click "Next".

  5. Read / Accepted the Microsoft Software License Terms and click "Next".

  6. Select "Custom settings" and click "Next"

  7. Select "Primary site" and click "Next".

  8. Chose whether to participate in "Microsoft's Customer Experience Improvement Program" and click "Next".

  9. Enter in your "Product Key" and click "Next".

  10. Unless otherwise required, choose the default installation directory and click "Next".

  11. Enter in your "Site code", "Site name" and click "Next".

  12. Select "Configuration Manager Mixed Mode" and Click "Next". Reference the Microsoft SCCM SP1 Documentation to determine

  13. if you have a requirement to run SCCM SP1 in a "Configuration Manager Native Mode".

  14. Select the desired "Client Agents" to be enabled and click "Next".

  15. Specify the "SQL Server and instance" to be used and the name of the "ConfigMgr site database". Once entered, click "Next".

  16. Specify the location of the "SMS Provider" and click "Next".

  17. Specify the location of the "Configuration Manager Management Point" and click "Next".

  18. Choose the appropriate client communication port and click "Next".

  19. Select "Check for updates and download newer version to an alternate path" and click "Next"; you will be required to have access to the internet to perform this option. If you have already downloaded the packages, select "The latest updates have already been download to an alternate path" and point to that location on the following screen.
                   Specific a folder to download the Prerequisite Component to and click "Next".

  20. Allow the required packages to be downloaded. You will be notified when the download is complete.

  21. Confirm the settings you have chosen and click "Next".

  22. Click "Run Check" and verify that no errors were found in the "Installation Prerequisite Check"; if any errors or undesirable warnings were discovered, click on the items to review the corrective action. Note that "AD Schema Extensions" are not required for vPro Client Manageability. When you are satisfied with the Prerequisite Check, click "Begin Install".

  23. Allow SCCM SP1 wizard to install the selected components.

  24. Once the install is complete, click "Finish",

Here is a video with screen captures of the install process.


Matt Royer