How to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB Baseline version of SCCM

Let’s build first Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB. In this post, you shall How to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB. The ConfigMgr team released the baseline version of TP ConfigMgr.

Why do you need Technical Preview LAB? If you are a technology enthusiast and you love to test new features of ConfigMgr, then YES go for the Technical Preview LAB.

Introduction

The Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager Technical Preview is supported for use in a lab environment only.

NOTE!Technical Preview version of ConfigMgr is not supported for use in a production environment.

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  • Upgrading to ConfigMgr technical preview branch version 2002 from a previous version of ConfigMgr PRODUCTION version is not supported.
  • Upgrading from ConfigMgr technical preview branch – version 2002 to a later version of ConfigMgr PRODUCTION version is also not supported.
  • Only up to 10 clients can be managed with the SCCM Technical Preview version.
  • Only a standalone primary site is supported.
  • Secondary sites are not supported.
  • A product key is not required for the ConfigMgr Technical Preview.

Setup Prerequisites for Technical Preview LAB

The following steps help you to prepare for technical preview LAB. The following steps are applicable if you are building a Technical Preview LAB from the ground up.

NOTE! – When you already have an SCCM LAB with the production version, you can skip the Active Directory Related steps mentioned below.

Download Technical Preview

Microsoft released the latest version of the Technical Preview baseline version called 2002.2. You can download all the technical preview versions from the Microsoft Evaluation Center.

DOWNLOAD Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager Technical Preview

Install New ConfigMgr Preview

  • Let’s start Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Technical Preview | MEMCM Setup Wizard.
  • Go through the verification steps again before proceeding. Most of them are listed in the Prerequisite section of this post above.
  • Click on the NEXT button to continue.
  • I’m going to go through the standard installation process of the Primary Server. NO Option to install CAS in the Technical Preview world
  • Select the option “Install a Configuration Manager Primary Site“
  • Click on the Next button to continue
  • ACCEPT product License Terms as you can see below
  • Click NEXT

ACCEPT product License Terms as you can see below – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

 ACCEPT product License Terms as you can see below - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

Prerequisite files

  • Select the Prerequisite files options from the following page for the Technical Preview version of SCCM
  • Click NEXT to continue
Download Required Files to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Download Required Files to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

Language Selection

  • Select the Server Language
    • In my scenario, it’s ENGLISH
  • Click on NEXT to continue
  • Select the Client Language
    • It’s ENGLISH for me
  • Click NEXT to continue
Select the Client Language - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Select the Client Language – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

Primary Server Site Details

  • In the Site and Installation Settings. You need to decide Site CodeSite Name, and Installation Folder before proceeding.
    • Enter the Site Code (Any Combination of 3 three alphanumeric digits) = My site code name is TP4
      • Don’t Use the following name as site code
        • AUXCONNULPRN, and SMS
  • Enter the Site Name is the name that helps to identify the site
    • Site Name Example – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
  • Select the Installation Folder – Specify the folder where you want to store SCCM Inbox and all the other folders
    • DO NOT install SCCM on C:\ Drive for production setup
  • Click on the Next button
Site Code, Site Name and Installation Folder
Site CodeSite Name and Installation Folder

SQL Configuration

  • Enter the SQL Database information on this page
    • Enter the SQL Server Name (FQDN) => I’m using the same server as SQL Database server
      • SCCMTP2002.Intune.com
    • Enter Instance name – I left it blank because I’m using the default instance of SQL
    • Database Name – The DB name shall automatically get populated based on your Site Code name
      • CM_TP4
    • Don’t change the Service Broker port (in 99% of the Primary server installations) = 4022
  • Click on the NEXT button to continue
Enter the Database Information - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Enter the Database Information – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
  • Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) technical preview 2002.2 populates locations for the SQL server data file and transaction log file locations
    • Automatically populate log files
  • Click the NEXT button to continue
locations for the SQL server data file and transaction log file locations
locations for the SQL server data file and transaction log file locations

SMS Provider

  • You get an option to select SMS Provider Server for your SCCM Technical Preview LAB infra in this page
    • SMS providers are used by the ConfigMgr console to communicate with the site database
  • Click the NEXT button to continue to
select SMS Provider Server - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
select SMS Provider Server – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

NOTE! – You can have only a limited number of clients in ConfigMgr Technical Preview versions.

Client Communication

  • Configure the communication method on each site system role
    • HTTP (This is the one which I’m going to use for this installation process for the Technical Preview version of SCCM)
  • Click on NEXT to continue
Configure the communication method on each site system role - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Configure the communication method on each site system role – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Specify whether to have setup install Site System Roles - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Specify whether to have setup install Site System Roles – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
  • Click on the NEXT button to continue from the Diagnostic and Usage Data page
  • Select the Service connection Point server for your SCCM TP environment
  • Click NEXT to continue
Select the Service connection Point server
Select the Service connection Point server

Prerequisites Checks

  • Check and Confirm whether all the configurations are correct or not from the Setting Summary
  • Click on NEXT to continue.
  • Ignore all the warnings, for NOW, 🙂 in this installation guide from Prerequisite Check & Install page
  • Click on BEGIN INSTALL button to start the installation of ConfigMgr Technical Preview LAB primary server
Click on BEGIN INSTALL button to start the installation ConfigMgr Technical Preview LAB primary server
Click on BEGIN INSTALL button to start the installation ConfigMgr Technical Preview LAB primary server

Install Preview LAB

  • Check the Progress bar of the ConfigMgr Preview version primary server and wait for it to complete
  • Click on the VIEW Log button (ConfigMgrSetup.log) to open the log file to check the progress
Progress bar of the ConfigMgr Preview version - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Progress bar of the ConfigMgr Preview version – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

Results

So this was the guide to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB setup. This setup is completed successfully now.

The guide to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB setup
The guide to Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB setup
  • Let’s launch Configuration Manager Console 2002.2
Configuration Manager Console 2002.2 - Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB
Configuration Manager Console 2002.2 – Build Configuration Manager Technical Preview LAB

ConfigMgr Version Details

  • Configuration Manager 2002.2 Console 5.2002.1052.100
  • Configuration Manager 2002.2 Site Version 5.0

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