How to install System Center 2012 SP1.

3 weeks in or so, I’m getting to grips with System Center 2012 SP1 (on Windows Server 2012) but it’s been a right pain. Been through 3 complete re-installs, one of them due to a faulty Hyper-V machine.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some handy tips just for getting it installed… I should point out that these are for a test installation- for example, below I install the whole of IIS even though this probably isn’t needed, I just wanted to get the whole thing working (which is why I installed SQL in its entirety too). All the below were installed with evaluation licenses.

  1. Install Windows Server 2012;
  2. Join your domain;
  3. run the following PowerShell commands:
  4. install-windowsfeature net-framework-features -includeallsubfeature -source:D:\sources\sxs;
  5. install-windowsfeature rdc -includeallsubfeature -source:D:\Sources\sxs;
  6. install-windowsfeature web-server -includeallsubfeature -source:D:\Sources\sxs;
  7. install-windowsfeature updateservices-services -source:D:\Sources\sxs; //deliberately doesn’t include -includeallsubfeature
  8. install-windowsfeature updateservices-db -source:D:\Sources\sxs;
  9. install-windowsfeature bits -includeallsubfeature -source:D:\Sources\sxs;
  10. Now install SQL (2012 SP1), remembering to set the Database Engine collation to SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS;
  11. Also, set the “SQL Server Database Engine” user to a domain user, NOT a local user or NTAuthority\SYSTEM etc;
  12. Now patch Windows as fully as possible. My test box is reporting needing 89 updates, it can do the first 65 in the first round (although we are quite specific about what WSUS patches so you might have a different number of updates);
  13. Don’t stop patching via Windows Updates until there are no more updates! I think this might have broken install 2 of SCCM…
  14. Install elements 2,3 & 4 of the Windows Assessment and deployment toolkit ( so that’s Deployment Tools, WinPE and UMTS
  15. You’ll still get 4 warnings- Schema Extensions, AD Publishing, SQL Memory and SQL Processor. However, at least you can now install SCCM.
  16. Install SCCM 2012 SP1 CU2 from (if needed)
  17. Run: C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools>wsusutil postinstall SQL_INSTANCE_NAME=xxxx //connects WSUS up to a remote SQL DB (okay, even though mine is on same box- it’s different to a WID database)

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