Hello System Admins
In this post I will go over the process of installing the SCCM 2012 clients using GPO (Group policy object).
There are several ways to install SCCM 2012 clients as described here.
However, as i said I will focus on an automatic distribution of SCCM 2012 clients with GPO.
The procedure goes like this:
1. Start the group policy editor GPMC.MSC and create a new policy: ‘SCCM 2012 client install’
2. Right click the ‘SCCM 2012 client install’ policy and click edit.
3. On the group policy management editor window, go to Computer configuration/policies/administrative templates > Right click ‘administrative templates’ and select Add/Remove Templates.
4. On the ‘Add/Remove Templates’ windows, click add and select the configmgrassignment.adm file located under <Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\tools\ConfigMgrADMTemplates.
5. click the Add button again and select the configmgrinstallation.adm file.
6. Click close.
7. In group policy management editor, you should see two items under Computer configuration/policies/administrative templates/classic administrative templates/configuration manager 2012/configuration manager 2012 client:
8. Double click Configure configuration manager 2012 site assignment. In the new window, select Enable. Enter your site code in ‘Assigned site’ and leave the rest with default settings.
This policy configures site assignment for Configuration Manager 2012 clients. The Site Assignement Retry Interval (Mins) specifies how frequently the client attempts to assign to the site. The Site Assignment Retry Duration (Hours) specifies how long the client attempts to assign to the site before failing.
9. Double click Configure configuration manger 2012 client deployment settings. Select Enable radio button. In the CCMSetup field, enter the required CCMSetup command line properties as described in Configuration Manager Client Installation Properties.
Enabling this policy supercede the client deployment properties configured in the Configuration Manager console under Client Push Installation and uses Group Policy to configure client deployment properties.
10. Copy Ccmsetup.msi from <ConfigMgr installation directory>\bin\i386 to a share on your network.
11. In your group policy, create a new installation package with the ccmsetup.msi as the source.
For example: \\<Server name>\Source\ccmsetup.msi
12. Select Assigned on ‘Deploy software’ window. The result should look like this:
13. Link your new GPO to a desired OU.
That’s IT. you’re done! Now every computer in you domain will get the SCCM 2012 client installation on next reboot.