Before you start deploying System Center Configuration Manager, you must make sure that your infrastructure meets all of the prerequisites. What follows is a list and a step-by-step guide that shows you how to meet these prerequisites.
When the Active Directory schema is extended, the System Management container in Active Directory is not created by default. The container has to be created in all Active Directory domains that contain a primary site server or a secondary site server that publishes site information to Active Directory. In order to create the System Management container, take a look at the following steps:
You have to log on to your Domain Controller and open ADSI Edit. You can also do this from any other machine that has ADSI Edit installed on it and connect to the Domain Controller. The account that you use to connect to the Domain Controller must have permissions to modify objects in ADSI Edit. You can open ADSI Edit from Server Manager Console, from the
Security\Administrative Toolslocations or by opening Run under the Start icon and typing
With this, the System Management container is created in Active Directory. Next, we have to join the site server to the Active Directory domain and give computer account permissions to the site server to publish the site information to the container. A primary site server computer account must have full control permissions on the System Management container. To do this, perform the following steps:
Navigate to the System Management container, right-click on it, and select Delegate Control…. When you click on Delegate Control…, a wizard starts, which guides you through the process:
In the first window, just click on Next.
We have now delegated full permissions to the primary site server's computer account on the System Management container. To find out how to create the System Management container in a different way, check this link:
In order to extend the Active Directory Schema for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2, you need to use a tool that is located in the installation media of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. You can also use the
ldif file. This file will enable you to import or export information to or from Active Directory.
Open the installation media, go to SMSSETUP, then open BIN, and go to x64; you will find extadsch.exe. You can either click on this or copy the path and run it from the command prompt. To run
extadsch.exe, you have to use an account with Schema Admin permissions.
Created the System Management container
Assigned permissions to the primary site server or multiple primary, secondary, and a CAS server
Extended the Active Directory schema
You can use the prerequisites checker tool that is provided with the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 installation media, which is located in \
SMSSETUP\BIN\x64\prereqchk.exe. You can also use PowerShell or the tool from the following link to install all the prerequisites:
The following is a list of the Windows Server roles, features, and role services required by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2:
Windows Server role
Windows Server features
.NET Framework 3.5 (with all subfeatures)
.NET Framework 4.5 (with all subfeatures)
Remote Differential Compression
Security (Windows authentication)
The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) is a set of tools that allow you to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new machines. The installation process is simple and straightforward. You can download the ADK from the following location:
The only thing that you need to keep in mind is feature selection. Proceed with the following steps:
In the first step, choose the Install Path tab and click on Next: