Windows 2012 r2 - SCCM

Does anybody have a good guide to install Windows 2012 r2, with all the requirements to eventually install SCCM and it's possible a guide for that would also appreciate it

This is for a local lab and they are no current forests nor other pre-installed server, so I guess the domain would have to be .local?

And yes I'm a newbie
ivan rosaAsked:
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
You might start with MDT's Quick Start Guide for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

You can leave out the MDT section.

It does not matter what is domain suffix in lab environment.

You will have to setup some pre-requsites first, domain, DHCP, depends what you want to test.
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

Installing Windows 2012 is enough to just install. The best thing for a beginner is to use the Hydration Kit for 2012. It will configure and install everything hands-free for you. All you need to do is download the software ISOs and put them in the right folders.

Beware though, it will need 150GB of space. It creates a DC, SQL, SCCM as virtual machines.

See the overview with links:

Better still is another option, the PowerShell Deployment kit which is badly named Hydration tool with Powershell that will download the ISOs for you and then create VMs and configure a demo lab for you.

If you want a GUI for the script then get this:

Just copy the first set of scripts to the same directory and then run the main script. It will offer to download the PDT files but it failed for me just now.

Now all you need is the product keys!

One last thing - get an SSD for the VMs (VHD files) if you can. It makes a big difference.

ivan rosaAuthor Commented:
+mikeT, wow you really got my attention here, so you are saying I could download a virtual pre-made server, w/ SQL and SCCM installed, and I only would have to do is run this script?
or do I need to follow this?
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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

They are two very similar methods to do the same thing. The first one, well known as "Hydration Kit" is by Johan Ardwidmark who is a very well known MVP and you will probably be reading lots by him. He has a small download the is a script that use MDT. This creates some task-sequences and then runs MDT to create ISO images. These ISOs are a full unattended installs for SQL, SCCM etc. It will build a full lab for you. It takes about 3 hours. You do need to follow the guide and put the original Microsoft OS files where they need to be.

The other method is even less work. It's a full PowerShell solution that will download everything, even the source ISOs and build VHD files for you to create a full lab. All you need to provide is license keys and populate some fields in the variables.XML file. Even better though, if you don't like XML you can just use the GUI tool instead and it asks you for the info it needs and builds the variables.xml for you.

Which method you use is just taste I guess. I've used the first MDT method and it's great. A friend has used the PowerShell way and likes it.

If you want to get in running quickly and easily as possible I think I'd go for the PowerShell with GUI way, simply because it saves some downloading effort!

Once you have more experience I recommend installing everything manually to see how it works together and the pitfalls. There are a few tricky bits.

Best of all, both are free and they will both work with eval downloads so will work for 180 days.

Have fun,

ivan rosaAuthor Commented:
+mike, let's say I want to follow your guide and the steps you did, where do I start?
I already have my Windows Server 2012 R2 up and running (can I run it from a different OS?)

I now he talks about downloading all these files but I'm not sure which file names to put on there and such, since you already  run this trail, would tell me your guide?

Also this might sound like a silly Question, but do I use Virtual Box to run this once its complete with the final image?
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

The best guide is Johan:

If you have Server 2012 installed all you need to do is enable the Hyper-V role. As long as your machine is capable of running a hypervisor you're good to go.

From Johan's page the things you need are:

Download the following software:

◾The Hydration Kit sample files (download)
◾MDT 2013
◾Windows ADK 8.1 (make sure you download the re-release that was available after October 17).
◾SQL Server 2012 with SP1
◾Windows Server 2012 R2
◾Configuration Manager 2012 R2 + PreReqs

◾Optional Software (Only needed if you want to deploy the optional Windows 7, Windows 8.1, MDT, and Orchestrator sequences)
◾Windows 7 SP1 x64
◾Windows 8.1 x64
◾Orchestrator 2012 R2
◾SQL Server 2012 Express with SP1
◾Visual C++ 2005 SP1 runtimes
◾Visual C++ 2008 SP1 runtimes
◾Visual C++ 2010 SP1 runtimes
◾Visual C++ 2012 runtimes
◾Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
◾Report Viewer 2008 SP1
◾SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express with Tools

You definitely don't need virtualbox although you can use any hypervisor (Hyper-V, virtualbox or VMware). Hyper-v is easiest and free so I would go with that. Just enable the Role
see here:


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ivan rosaAuthor Commented:
Thank mate,
I'll give it a shot, cheers!
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