Building a lab environment with System Center Unified Installer – Part 3

May 9, 2012 at 4:00 am in Uncategorized by timdk

This post is the last part of this series. After defining the lab layout in Part 1 and doing the necessary preparations in Part 2. It is now time to run the System Center Unified Installer and watch our lab environment being built for us.

The installation needs to be ran with an account that has administrative permissions on all target computers. As such we will logon to the installer PC –OR1 in our case- with a domain administrator account and run the setup.exe from the UnifiedInstaller folder.

Now we need to walk through the wizard:

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Click Install System Center and click OK on the pop-up.

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Enter your product registration info and accept the license agreements before clicking Next.

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Select the product you wish to install. For our lab we select Orchestrator, Configuration Manager and Operations Manager.

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Specify the locations where the product installation sources can be found.

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Accept the license terms and click Next.

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Accept the license terms for the prerequisites and click next again.

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Specify the location where the binaries for each prerequisite are stored.

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Leave the default installation locations and click Next

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Specify the target server names and click Next

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Specify the domain administrator account as the service account and click Next.

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Specify the name for the management group and the site code/site name for the CM site.

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Decide whether to join the CEIP or not and click Next

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Review the settings and click Install.

And now the beauty of the Unified Installer kicks in: you can leave the lab environment and spend some time away from your desk. When you return in a few hours your entire lab will be up and running. For our reference environment the installation took approximately 4 hours.

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Once the setup is completed a summary page is shown. Verify all components were installed successfully and click close to exit the wizard.

Now would probably a good time to take a full snapshot of the environment again. At a later point in time, when you have completed specific tests, you can then always return back to this initial clean state.

All done!

Post installation note:

  • The Unified Installer installation process does not configure the memory for the backend SQL instances. You might want to configure the memory settings for each of them as per the best practices.

Conclusion: the Unified Installer offers a nice and fully unattended approach for deploying lab and demo environments for System Center 2012 products. Use it to start building your lab environments now!

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