System Center 2012 Configuration Manager System Requirements


I'm looking to deploy SSCM 2012 into a lab as a test. As I understand it I require at least 3 servers to properly test

1 x Domain Controller
1 x System Center Server
1 x SQL Server

Assuming this is correct can anyone give me the minimum CPU/RAM/HDD required to run the System Center server and SQL server please?

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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

Many people recommend putting SQL on the SCCM box, so you only need the 2 machines, a DC and a ConfigMgr machine.

From TechNet

CAS/Standalone Primary Site (up to 50,000 clients) w/co-located SQL Server:
·         2 x Quad-Core (Intel Xeon E5504 or comparable)
·         32GB of RAM
·         350GB - 950GB total hard disk space* (OS, ConfigMgr, SiteDB, TempDB)
Primary Site in a hierarchy (up to 25,000 clients) w/co-located SQL Server:
·         2 x Dual-Core (Intel Xeon 5140 or comparable)
·         16GB of RAM
·         450GB - 1050 GB total hard disk space* (OS, ConfigMgr, SiteDB, DistDB, TempDB)
Primary Site in a hierarchy (up to 50,000 clients) w/remote SQL Server:
·         2 x Dual-Core (Intel Xeon 5140 or comparable)
·         8GB of RAM
·         50GB total hard disk space* (OS, ConfigMgr)
Remote SQL Server (to support above Primary Site):
·         2 x Quad-Core (Intel Xeon E5504 or comparable)
·         32GB of RAM
·         425GB - 1225GB total hard disk space (OS, SiteDB, DistDB, TempDB)

How much RAM you need will  depend on how many clients you will manage. Disk space is another issue. The CM database itself is pretty small, but you need several drives for SQL not just one, and how much space you need depends on how many apps you have not how many people you support.
If you're doing OS deployment you will need a lot of space, the more the better really.

Note put TempDB on RAID 10  and the fastest storage possible.


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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
If this is a lab (i assum this is a virtual environment) you need only 2 servers.

- DC (4GB ram, 1 CPU)
- SCCM with SQL (32GB RAM, 4 CPU, 3 disks. C for OS, D for SQL, E for SW, Updates, OS deploying ...)
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