How to install IIS features on SCCM 2012 Distribution Point with command line

Hi SysAdmins

Did you ever wonder how SCCM 2012 install a DP remotely from the CM console?

DISM.exe (Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool) is a command line tool that you can use to enable or disable Windows features.

In this case we use it to install all the necessary IIS features for a SCCM 2012 DP.

Command line to install IIS on DPs:

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The case of the nonresponsive SCCM 2012 Management Point

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In this post I am writing about a strange case that happened in my SCCM 2012 sp1 environment. I’m not sure if its related, but it all happened after installing CU3.

The case was resolved after an intervention of Microsoft Senior Support Engineer. Maybe this will help someone since there is no solution for this on the web.

It all began when my SCCM environment just stopped working…

The Problem:

1. All Packages deployment tasks are grayed out, and stuck on Unknown status.

2. You cannot distribute Microsoft security updates to clients.

3. Might be this as well – in smsts.log you see this error: Task Sequence fails with error: There is no task sequences available to this computer.

4. Check your Management Point server under <install Drive>\Program files\SMS_CCM\Logs\MP_Policy.log for the following lines:

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SCCM 2012 Client installation fails with error code 8004100E

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In this post I want to show a solution for a  SCCM 2012 sp1 client installation problem which I met over my daily routine work.

The Problem:

You try to Install a SCCM client on a remote XP-sp3 machine, and the installation fails. In ccmsetup.log  you see the following:

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Error 0x800706BA when trying to install new Distribution Point in SCCM 2012 sp1

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I just thought to share with you something I recently was troubleshooting.

Maybe you met this as well,

This occurred  in SCCM 2012 sp1 CU1.

The problem:

You are trying to install a new DP, and the installation fails.

Also, the Distribution point configuration status under Monitoring shows red X with an error saying …cannot connect to remote DP.

When you check Distmgr.log you see the following lines:

Error:

CWmi::Connect() failed to connect to \\<<DPNAME>>\root\SCCMDP. Error = 0x800706BA

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Packages content status stuck on “in Progress” in SCCM 2012

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Recently I noticed that my SCCM 2012 sp1 CU1 stopped distributing content to remote DPs.

Troubleshooting this problem has been a pain so I thought I’d share this with you.

This apply to : SCCM 2012 / SCCM 2012 sp1 / SCCM 2012 sp1 CU1

The Problem:

  1. Distribution points doesn’t get the content you distribute to them from the primary server.
  2. When you look at a package deployment status you see the package status stuck on ‘in progress’:

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Create SCCM 2012 boundaries and boundary groups

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If you are managing your enterprises’ servers and workstations with SCCM 2012 (as you should do) ,

you probably will need to build boundaries, boundary groups and add these boundaries to boundary groups.

This will make sure that the site server DP that you join with a specific boundary group will distribute content only to workstations in its associated boundaries.

This was known as protected boundary in SCCM 2007.

If you need to create SCCM 2012 boundaries and boundary groups automatically without repeating the process over and over,

The following Powershell script will receive a list of data from a .CSV file and create boundaries and boundary groups respectively.

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Enable Remote Desktop remotely by using remote registry

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I bet the following scenario happened to you:

You install a server, configure it, install the required programs, set its IP address etc..

After half a day of work (since you didn’t create an image) you send the server to its remote location.

When the server arrives to its site and the local technician plugs it in,

you discover that you forgot a small but very important V: Allow remote connection to this computer.

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Prerequisites for SCCM 2012 sp1 Operating System Deployment

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What are the prerequisites for sccm 2012 sp1 operating system deployment ?

Before you can jump into building OSD on SCCM 2012 you will need to prepare your environment.

You need to install and configure the following prerequisites before starting experimenting on OS Deployment.

  • Distribution point – stores OS images and content for the task sequence. You must have on if you intend to deploy images to a remote site.
  • WDS service – provides PXE services and multicast support. Install WDS from the server manager > add roles wizard.

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Workstation Upgrade Consideration Guide

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This guide will help you decide if adding more RAM, or upgrade the CPU will solve slow performance problems.

You can find out if memory or CPU upgrade is needed by configuring Performance Monitor to track memory and CPU usage.

You can then interpret the results and decide whether upgrade will improve the performance.

Use this guide before adding more RAM or upgrading CPU to a system with slow performance.

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