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Important SQL information for a Configmgr 2012 CAS and Primary site.

4:46 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr, sccm, SCCM 2012, SQL by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

You are probably deploying your CAS if you are a larger organization with specific needs. One of those needs is if you need more than 1 primary site because of geological/political issues. The version ( standard or enterprise ) of SQL that you might want to use on the CAS becomes very important if you are a larger organization.

If you use SQL Server Standard for the CAS, you can support up to 50,000 clients. But, if you use SQL Server Enterprise on the CAS, you can support up to 400,000 clients.

However you need to very well look at your growth plan because if you install SQL Server Standard on the CAS and then your company grows to 70,000 clients , you will have an issue.

You would say : “Why do I have an issue?“ , I just upgrade the SQL version on your CAS to SQL Enterprise to support those extra clients. However it will not work.

When the CAS is installed , it will be configured based on which target version of SQL is installed (Std or Ent). Once installed on SQL Standard, the table is a single partition, and will not be switched to multiple partitions when upgrading to SQL enterprise.

A CAS wipe and re-install is required to support more than > 50K clients and that will not be so easy or at least it will generate some additional problems.

Now you are might stuck about the question: “What about the SQL version on the primary sites ?” . Primary sites support up to 100K clients , but do NOT require SQL enterprise . SQL enterprise is only needed for the CAS if you need to support up to more than 50 K clients .

Little recap:


– Less than 50K clients –> SQL server standard is sufficient as long as you are not going over the 50K limit (Upgrade to SQL enterprise is NOT working when crossing the 50K limit)

– More than 50K clients –> SQL server Enterprise is needed.

*Primary Site*

– SQL server standard is always sufficient !

Hope it helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Preparing for the MVP summit 2012

2:35 pm in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi All,

Just getting myself ready for the MVP summit in Seattle next week, as our other SCUG MVP’s (Kim Oppalfens & Alexandre Verkinderen & Mike Resseler) .

For me it is going to be an exciting event for me , as it is my third MVP summit I’ll be attending since my nomination in July 2009.

For those of you that don’t know what the MVP summit is, It is a week full of working, talking and discussing together with our MVP pears , but also with the (In my case) ConfigMgr product group.

We will be fully busy with ConfigMgr 2012 at the Enterprise Engineering Center at Building 25 .


I’m really looking forward to meet with members of the Microsoft product groups and directly learn from those people who are responsible for the individual product features and I see this as a real honor.

So if the blogging level is a bit low on next week , you will know why this is ….

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

ConfigMgr 2012 : SCCM 2012 Client prerequisites

2:30 pm in client, ConfigMgr 2012, SCCM 2012 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi guys ,

Working for a customer on managing WES 2009 Clients with Configmgr 2012 . On of the requirements by the customer was not to install Silverlight 5.0 or .net 4.0 onto the WES2009 Device as they already has .net 3.5 in their core image.

The client prerequisites documentation can be found here on technet .

Silverlight is not required, Software Center and Software Catalog are the only things that need it.  You can specify a commandline switch on ccmsetup to not install Silverlight.  Example: CCMSetup.exe /skipprereq: silverlight.exe

For the .net 4.0 question : They require at least .Net 3.0+.  If it is non of the following .net is installed then .Net 4 will be installed ;

  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.0.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0.

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx