SCCM Technical Preview 3 - Installation

System center configuration manager technical preview 3 is out,

This release adds the following additional capabilities:
  • Diagnostics and Usage Data
  • Service a server cluster
  • Support for SQL Server AlwaysOn for highly available databases
  • Deploy Windows Business Store applications
  • App deployment to Windows 10 devices with on-premises MDM
  • Compliance settings for Windows 10
  • Improved workflow for creating mobile device configuration items
  • Updates for Windows 10 in-place upgrade
  • Updates for bulk enrollment of Windows 10 devices with on-premises MDM
  • Schedule and run the WSUS clean up task from the Configuration Manager console
In addition to new capabilities, this release includes several incremental improvements we want you to know about:
  • General improvements in Technical Preview 3

SCCM Technet Details

lets try to install the build & see what are the additions made.

The process of installation of SCCM TP3 is same as SCCM 2012/2012 R2.

For this installation i am using :-

1. Windows Server 2012 R2 (Standard)
2. SQL Server 2014
3. WADK 10
4. SCCM 2016 TP3

So, lets proceed with the installation -

Roles & Feature Installation

Create a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine & join it to your active directory domain.
Start with the installation of IIS Role, Check Web Server (IIS) & click Next -

Check "Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)" & Scroll down 

Check "Remote Differential Compression" & Click on Next -

For IIS Role services install following IIS Features -

Common HTTP Features

    • Default Document
    • Directory Browsing
    • HTTP Errors
    • Static Content
    • HTTP Redirection
 Health and Diagnostics
    • HTTP Logging
    • Logging Tools
    • Request Monitor
    • Tracing
    • Static Content Compression
    • Request Filtering
    • Basic Authentication
    • IP & Domain Restrictions
    • URL Authorization
    • Windows Authentication
Application Development
    • .NET Extensibility 3.5
    • .NET Extensibility 4.5
    • ASP
    • ASP .NET 3.5
    • ASP .NET 4.5
    • ISAPI Extensions
    • ISAPI Filters
Management Tools
    • IIS Management Console
    • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
      • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
      • IIS 6 Management Console
      • IIS 6 Scripting Tools
      • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
    • IIS Management Scripts and Tools
    • Management Service 
After selecting the above mentioned features click Next, to continue -

Click on Install -

Click Close to end the Wizard -

SQL Server Installation

Install a SQL instance, here i have a default instance of SQL 2014 -

SQL Instance Installation in detail

WADK10 Installation

With ADK 10 we get some new features like "Imaging and configuration Designer (ICD)" & "Flashing Tools".  Check the below mentioned features & click on Install

WADK Installation in detail

Once the installation is done click on Close to end the wizard

Schema Extension

If you have installed SCCM 2007/2012/2012 R2 before in your environment you must be having Schema extended. Once the schema is extended, you need to delegate control of the SCCM Server in the System Management Container.

Create AD Container
Extend AD Schema

SCCM TP3 Installation

 After the schema is extended, Click on "Splash.HTA" from SCCM Bits to begin the installation

Click on Install

Go through the instructions & click on Next 

Install the Configuration Manager Primary Site, We can see rest of the features are greyed out since it's a technical preview build.

Accept the EULA & click on Next

Accept the EULA again & click on Next

Provide a path were SCCM can download the updates.

Provide a site code & site name, Click on Next to Continue. 

Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) & Usage Data is a new window that we get in this build it was not present in SCCM 2012/2012 R2 builds. Click Next to continue.

This is another new wizard that we get with this build. Now, you can connect SCCM to Microsoft Cloud services which can let you know if there is a new update available.

Check the Database settings (we have SQL instance installed on the same server).

Check the path to SQL data & Click on Next to Continue

Check SMS Provider FQDN & Click on Next to Continue

Select "Configure the communication method on each site system role" & click on Next

We are installing MP & DP on the same server

Go through the summary & click on Next

There are 2 Warning -

1. WSUS on site server - WSUS will be installed later.
2.  Verify Site server permissions to publish to Active Directory - All the permissions are granted so, we can ignore this warning & proceed with the installation, Click on Begin Install to proceed with the installation.

Once the core setup is completed, Click on Close to end the wizard.

Now, After the install the first thing to notice is the UI is not Changed :( I was expecting a change in the UI. Microsoft made huge UI change from SCCM 2003 to SCCM 2007 then from SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012 but no change in UI till this build of SCCM 2016.

The other thing to notice is, the installation of  "Cloud Connection Point" Role with this SCCM Build.

SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Series

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