Configuration Manager 2007 supports client installation for computers in workgroups. You can install workgroup computers using the method specified in How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Manually.
The following prerequisites must be met in order to install the Configuration Manager 2007 client on workgroup computers:
- The client must be installed manually on each
workgroup computer. During installation, the logged-on user must
possess local administrator rights on the workgroup computer.
- The workgroup computer must be able to locate
a server locator point to complete site assignment because they
cannot query Active Directory Domain Services. The server locator
point can be manually published in WINS, or it can be specified in
the CCMSetup.exe command line properties.
- In order to access resources in the
Configuration Manager 2007 site server domain, the Network Access
account must be configured for the site. For more information, see
How to Configure
the Network Access Account.
There are a number of limitations to supporting workgroup computers in WINS:
- Workgroup clients cannot locate their default
management point from Active Directory Domain Services, and instead
must use DNS, WINS, or a server locator point. For more
information, see Configuration Manager
and Service Location (Site Information and Management
|Workgroup clients assigned to native mode sites cannot locate management point information in WINS. The preferred alternative method for workgroup clients to find their default management point is to use DNS publishing. For more information, see Determine If You Need to Publish to DNS.|
- Global roaming is not supported, because
clients cannot query Active Directory Domain Services for site
- Native mode clients cannot be automatically
configured for options related to native mode, such as native mode
communication, certificate selection, and the option to allow HTTP
communication for roaming and site assignment. These options must
be specified using CCMSetup.exe command line properties.
- Active Directory discovery methods will not
discover computers in workgroups.
- Advertisements targeted to users are not
- The client push installation method cannot be
used to install the client on workgroup computers.
- A workgroup client cannot be used as a branch
distribution point. Configuration Manager 2007 requires that the
branch distribution point computers be members of a domain.
TasksHow to Configure Configuration Manager Clients to Find their Management Point using DNS Publishing
How to Configure the Network Access Account
ConceptsOverview of Configuration Manager Client Deployment
How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Manually
About Configuration Manager Client Installation Properties
Decide If You Need to Configure HTTP Communication for Roaming and Site Assignment (Native Mode)
Determine If You Need a Server Locator Point for Configuration Manager Clients