Use the following guidelines to assist in planning
|Client installation methods
Install Clients Using Software Update Point Based
The Software update point (SUP) client installation method
installs the Configuration Manager 2007 client software on any
computer that can communicate with the site's software update
- To specify the setup parameter information
for the client installation you will need to create the
SetupParameters registry string value in the following
HKey_Local_Machine \Software \Policies \Microsoft \CCMSetup
- CCMSetup.exe will locate the setup
parameters using this registry string value. For example: the
registry string value information /mp:[ServerName] is read
by CCMSetup.exe and the Configuration Manager client is
directed to the server name specified. Specifying parameters
through the registry key SetupParameters is the equivalent
of specifying the installation parameters using the command
You can load client software components on the computer when it
is originally prepared for service in your organization. Typically,
computer preparation work is done by an IT team in a staging area.
The client is installed on a computer master image by installing
core client components without specifying a site code for
assignment. The computer is ready to be assigned to a site when it
arrives at the location where will be used in production.
- Identify the CCMSetup.exe command line
options you will use when installing the client on the master
computer to be imaged.
- Identify any registry modifications that need
to be made for the preferred client type.
- Identify the site code that the client should
be assigned to.
Client Push installation
Client Push Installation is useful for installing the client
software on computers that:
- Have been discovered by Configuration Manager
2007 but do not have the client software installed.
- Rarely log on to the network because the
users lock their Windows sessions instead of logging out.
- Log on with a user account that does not run
a logon script or does not have administrative permissions on the
- Are servers that users might not log on to
for a long period of time.
- For computers running Windows Vista you
must enable the remote registry service or the client push
installation will fail on those clients.
- Identify the client push installation account
that will be used.
- Identify whether you will push the client to
servers, workstations, or domain controllers.
You can use CCMSetup.exe to manually install the
Configuration Manager 2007 client software to a computer.
CCMSetup.exe uses the Client.msi program to install
the client software. CCMSetup.exe copies all the files
necessary to complete the client installation, including the
Client.msi and language-specific files and folders, to the
- Identify how and when CCMSetup.exe
will be run on each client
- Identify any specific command line options
Active Directory Group Policy
You can distribute the Configuration Manager 2007 client
software using Active Directory Group Policy. Because of the
limitations with customizing this installation method, Group Policy
installations should be used for targeting small groups of
computers. You can publish or assign the client installation
program to computers based on their organizational unit location in
- Identify the name(s) of any Group Policy
- Name(s) of OU, domain, or site the Group
Policy object is linked to.
- Identify any additional Group Policy object
settings such as No Override or group filtering.
- Identify Group Policy object security
Logon scripts installation
You can use the file CCMSetup.exe in a login script to
trigger the client installation.
- Logon script installations can be configured
using the same method that you would configure a manual client
installation. You can specify the /logon switch with CCMSetup.exe
which will cause CCMSetup.exe to skip the installation if there is
already a Configuration Manager Client installed.
- If no installation source is specified using
the /Source switch and no management point is specified using the
/MP switch, CCMSetup.exe can locate the management point if there
is a server locator point and Active Directory Services
has been extended.
- Identify any logon scripts being used and the
commands being processed.
Software distribution can be used to upgrade existing SMS 2003
Outline your plan to distribute CCMSetup.exe to run on each
- Identify how and when CCMSetup.exe will be
distributed on each client
- Identify any specific command line options