How would you like to install the SCCM 2012 SP1 Console/Help files/Toolkit, MDT 2012 Update 1, DaRT 8.0, PowerShell Right Click Tools, and the SCCM Client Center all with one click? I have created a task sequence that will do just that. Deploying out the SCCM administration tools can be difficult for new users of SCCM. A big part of my job is to train new SCCM administrators. I’ve gotten tired of repeating the same steps with every new customer. So I put this together and made it public so the whole SCCM community can benefit. Download the Task sequence and follow the instructions below to get the Uber Console loaded in your environment.
Note: This is only compatible with SCCM 2012 SP1 and the following OS’s Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008R2, and Server 2012.
Step 1. Download and extract the Uber Console
The Uber Console consists of a Task sequence and several applications that will be responsible for installing the console and the third party add-ons. It will also contain a package that will be used to attach MDT deployment shares. Extract this zip file to a location that you wish to use as the source location for all of the applications. For example, I would extract it to the E:\Content\ folder on my SCCM server. Note the Attach MDT package is separate from the Task Sequence because an MDT deployment share has to be created under the user account and not system.
Uber Console Download: http://sdrv.ms/XghHtp
Step 2. Populate the Uber Console content folder
You may have noticed that the Uber Console is very small in size. This is because I have stripped out all of the copy righted content. All that is in those content folders are readme files and scripts that I have created. Read each readme file to determine what content needs to be placed in the folder. Do not continue on to the next step until every folder has been populated with content.
Step 3. Import the Uber Console Task Sequence and Attach MDT Package
Only continue with Step 3 after you have completed populating all of the content folders from step 2.
Open your SCCM console and go to: Software Library-> Operating Systems -> Right click on Task Sequences -> Select Import Task Sequence. Follow the wizard to import the UberConsole.zip task sequence and all of the corresponding applications.
From within the SCCM Console go to: Software Library-> Right Click on Packages-> Select Import. Follow the wizard to import the AttachMDT.zip package.
Step 4. Modify the Applications and Packages to Work with your Environment
You will need to only modify two of the imported items.
First modify the “Configuration Manger Console Installer” installation program. The defaults are as follows:
ConsoleSetup.exe /q TargetDir=”C:\Program Files\ConfigMgr” EnableSQM=0 DefaultSiteServerName=SCCM01.corp.viamonstra.com
For more information on the console setup parameters see: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712320.aspx#BKMK_InstallConsole
Next modify the “Attach MDT Deployment Share” program. This package contains a PowerShell script that is used to attach an MDT deployment share to an existing share. This is very useful for technicians when DaRT integration is enabled because it gives them easy access to the monitoring section of the MDT Deployment share. Replace the parameters to match the deployment share information of your environment.
Powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file .\AttachDS.ps1 -Sharename “DS777” -SharePath “\\SCCM01\DeploymentShare$” -Description “My MDT Share”
For information on how to create a deployment share: http://www.petri.co.il/how-to-create-deployment-share-mdt-2012.htm
Step 5. Deploy the “Uber Console” task sequence and “Attach MDT” package
First, I recommend creating a collection for these two new deployments. For example, I created a new collection and populated it with just the computers I want to receive the console.
Next, run the deploy wizard for the Uber Console task sequence. It is always important to remember to distribute the content to the DP’s from within the wizard if you have not already done so. I also find it best to just make the deployment available (instead of required) so the technicians can decide when and where they want the console installed.
Now run the deployment wizard for the Attach MDT program.
Step 6. Run the deployments for the “Uber Console” task sequence and “Attach MDT” package
It is important to run the Uber Console task sequence before running the Attach MDT package. This is because the Attach MDT package relies on the MDT Console to already be installed. From a client with the available deployments open the SCCM 2012 Software Center and run the Uber Console then run the Attach MDT Package.
Remove/Add applications from the Uber Console Install:
It is very easy to add or remove any applications from the Uber Console install since it is a task sequence. Edit the task sequence to remove/add what you would like. Below is the layout of the default task sequence:
Product Information for the included applications:
System Center Configuration Manger Help Updater: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29901
ConfigMgr Toolkit 2012 Update 1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213
MDT 2012 Update 1: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd407791.aspx
How to integrate the DaRT 8.0 remote viewer with your task sequences: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/78/Using-DaRT-8-and-MDT-2012-Update-1-Monitoring-with-ConfigMgr-2012-SP1-Beta.aspx
PowerShell Right Click Tools: http://psrightclicktools.codeplex.com/
SCCM Client Center: http://sourceforge.net/projects/smsclictr/
Windows 7 and Server 2008R2: DaRT 8.0 is not fully compatible. However the Remote Viewer application is needed when DaRT 8 is integrated into OSD. So I created a script (already in the Uber Console) that will install DaRT 8 with “/a” and then copy the contents to the older DaRT 7 path. For more information: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/78/Using-DaRT-8-and-MDT-2012-Update-1-Monitoring-with-ConfigMgr-2012-SP1-Beta.aspx
Windows 8 and Server 2012: The SCCM 2012 SP1 Help files will not install unless .Net 3.5 is installed. I didn’t include .Net 3.5 in the Uber console because of the complexity it would have added for such a little gain. If you wish to deploy .Net 3.5 to those OS’s please see the following: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh506443.aspx