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ConfigMgr R3 Installation & Configuration

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 represents a tremendous advance over its well-regarded predecessor, now providing the insight and control necessary to more effectively manage change in today’s dynamic IT infrastructures with a broad range of management capabilities. In addition to the powerful list of product capabilities delivered in Configuration Manager R2, additional enhancements for R3 include:

  • Centralized Power Management
  • Dynamic Collection Evaluation
  • Active Directory Delta Discovery
  • Operating System deployment enhancements
  • Simplified Resource Management
  • Higher Number of Supported Clients Per Hierarchy
  • Prerequisites before applying R3

Error While applying ConfigMgr R3.

So beore applying ConfigMgr R3, install the server side hotfix (KB977384). This hotfix is a prerequisite for ConfigMgr 2007 R3. During the installation it also creates a ConfigMgr Package/Program containing a MSP file allowing to update ConfigMgr Advanced Clients Components. This client hotfix package has to be deployed to all ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 clients before power policies can be managed.

To run the update double click on executable file and click next.

Click Next and accept default setting.

Click Next. If you want to rename the package and program can edit.

Accept default setting and click next.

Review summery and click next.

Click finish to exit the setup.

  • Installation of ConfigMgr R3

After successful installation of hotfix KB977384 pre-requisites, execute R3 setup from the installation source location using SPLASH.HTA.

Click next to continue.

Accept license agreement and click next.

Give User name and Organization and click click next.

Click next to continue.

It takes while to install R3, after completion click finish to exit.

That’s it, now R3 addin has been installed sccessfully.

  • Verify R3 Installation

Open ConfigMgr site properties

  • Deploy the package (KB977384 – Advanced Client Hotfix – XXX) created by ConfigMgr R3 installation to all ConfigMgr SP2 clients

For deploying the package first distribute the package to DPs and create advertisement to upgrade all SP2 clients. Follow the steps given.

expand package and right click distribution point and select new.

Select the DPs and click next.

Click Close to exit.

To upgrade the ConfigMgr SP2 clients, create new advertisement.

  • Verify client up-gradation

Run the report name “Computers with a specific SMS client version” and select version as 4.00.6487.2157.

  • ConfigMgr R3 Features

1. Delta Discovery

Active Directory Delta Discovery in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 enhances the discovery capabilities of the product by discovering only new or changed resources in Active Directory instead of performing a full discovery cycle. The interval by which Delta Discovery searches for new resources can be configured by the user to be a short interval, because only discovering new resources does not affect the performance of the site server as much as discovering a full cycle. Delta Discovery can detect the following new resource types:

  • Computer objects
  • User objects
  • Security group objects
  • System group objects

Delta Discovery does not replace other Configuration Manager 2007 discovery methods. Because it finds only new or modified resources in Active Directory, it must be used together with a discovery method that performs a full synchronization with Active Directory.

Delta Discovery has the following limitations:

  • Delta Discovery reads only Active Directory attribute changes that are replicated. Delta Discovery does not collect nonreplicated attributes that are changed, such as the memberof attribute, unless a replicated attribute is changed at the same time.
  • If you are using Active Directory Security Group discovery and have enabled Active Directory Delta Discovery changes to security groups will be discovered. However, the option Include Groups is ignored during delta discovery even if it is selected in the New Active Directory Container dialog box.
  • Delta Discovery does not support discovery across forests where the trust type is set to external. However, Delta Discovery does support forest trusts.

By default, Delta Discovery is not enabled in Configuration Manager 2007 R3. When it is enabled, by default, it will run every 5 minutes.

Open active directory system discovery properties to see the changes for delta discovery.

2. Power Management

Power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 provides a set of tools and resources that you can use to manage and monitor the power consumption of computers in the enterprise.

Enable Power agent on all client machines

In ConfigMgr console you can see new client agent is available, open properties and click on enable agent.

Click Ok to exit.

Configure Power management reports

Power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 uses Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services to display reports about its operations. SQL Server Reporting Services integration was introduced in Configuration Manager 2007 R2. You must configure it before you can import and run the reports for power management.

To import power management reports into SQL reporting Service (Note – SQL Reporting needs to be configured) , follow the below procedure:

Expand to ConfigMgr Reporting Services in ConfigMgr Console and click copy reports to reporting services.

Click next to continue.

Click next to continue, Accept default setting.

Click browse and give location as <ConfigMgr Installation path>\Reports\Power Management, and select, and click Open. Click Next.

Click Next to continue.

Review the summery and click next.

Click next to continue.

Click Close to exit. Now you have successfully imported the power management reports.

Open SQL Report URL, to see new power management reports.


View Power Management Reports

1. Power_Consumption_by_Day

2. Power Cost by Day

3. Power Environmental impact by day


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