Sunday, June 29, 2008

ABCD System Center Essentials (SCE)


In this post I am gonna go through the basic steps to install and configure SCE, and make it up and running.


Initially, once you insert the media it will check for the pre-requisites and give you a nice report whether it is applicable to install SCE or not, and tell you what is the missing components ( .Net framework, IIS…)


I am not going to talk about the installation process since it is as simple as 10 clicks wizard. Once the installation wizard finished, you will get the following screen:


 After that, you will launch the SCE console






It is clear that the configuration steps are not completed, mainly we have to configure these three configuration steps in order to make SCE working, and those are:

  1. Configure product feature: this will configure proxy setting, group policy setting (Domain level or local policy), Firewall Exception, enable remote assistance on client machine, Error collection setting and schedule discovery. 
  2. Configure computers and devices to manage: enable you to discover the network and find out the clients and servers then push the installation of client agent. 
  3. Configure Microsoft Update settings: it is very similar to the WSUS configuration, this will enable you to choose which OS updates to download and which language, and which office and other Microsoft product updates to download, it is easy and a matter of simple click, then you can synchronize with Microsoft site or schedule it on non working hours.


Note: in order to allow the SCE server to discover computers in your network, certain ports must be opened the server VLAN and the clients VLAN, those are: