Friday, 15 February 2013

ConfigMgr 2012 / SCCM 2012 SP1 Step by Step Guide Part 7: Client and Client Agents

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Part 7 describes the initial configuration of the Config Mgr Client Agents and the process of deploying the Config Mgr Client to your estate. 

1. Client Agents

Browse to Client Settings and configure the Properties

Typical configuration is shown

Config Mgr Clients will report to Config Mgr Management Point every 15 minutes (default is 60)

Enter your Organisation Name here. It will be displayed on Task Sequence progress bars

Default computer retart is 90 minutes

Configure EndPoint Protection if you are licensed to do so

Add Inventory Schedule and configure to search for .exe files

User Device Affinity can determine the Primary Device of a user - these are the default settings

2. Install Config Mgr Client

Highlight the discovered devices, right click and select Install Client

View client installation progress using the ccm.log

See clients appearing in console

Open Control Panel on client and open Configuration Manager applet. Browse to components. See the enabled components that we selected while configuring the client agents


  1. Dear Gerry
    SCCM Client agent not installed until i added SCCM Computer account in Domain Admin Group and local administrator group on client machine
    please correct me ? is this required for correct installation or not

  2. Dear Gerry
    is it possible when you comment on our requests. the blog send automatic notification on personal mail.
    thanks for your efforts

  3. It's best practice to configure a Client Push installation account (if this is not configured SCCM tries to install a client using it's computer account).

    The client push installation account must be a local administrator on all the devices that need clients. This can be achieved using Active Directory Restricted Groups. Making the account a domain administrator is the lazy way to do it and is not best practice.

  4. Dear Gerry
    I Follow step by step your guides but during the client push installation, the client receive the installation files and stored in the C:\Windows\ccmsetup. I monitor the process ccmsetup.exe at the task manager (That's mean the installation is started). My problem is the installation seems failed because agent is not installed. I open the ccmsetup.log and receive error message "CcmSetup failed with error code 0x80004005". At the ccm.log I found an error message "Unable to connect to WMI (root\ccm) on remote machine "EP1", error = 0x8004100e. The client OS is Win 7 Pro x64. Thanks.

    1. I had a similar problem. After looking at the computer's event viewer I found the BITS service was disabled. After I enabled/started the service, the client installed properly.

  5. Is this a general or specific issue? Examine the ccm.log file on the server.

  6. Hi Gerry
    This is a general issue. All the client push installation failed and in the ccm.log, there is an error message "Unable to connect to WMI (root\ccm) on remote machine "WINDOWS7EP", error = 0x8004100e."

  7. "Unable to connect to WMI (root\ccm) on remote machine "WINDOWS7EP", error = 0x8004100e."

    Config Mgr tries to connect to the clients using both it's computer account and the client push installation account. It's quite possible that one of these has failed to connect and these are the errors you are seeing - that's fairly normal. What's important is that you said the files are copied to the clients. This means that the initial connection has been made so these errors can be ignored.

    The problem seems to be the local client installation afterwards.

    CcmSetup failed with error code 0x80004005

    This is an unspecified error. There must be more information in the log. Have you configured a boundary group and added your boundary and DP to it?

  8. Yes. I already configured the boundary group and added the boundary and DP to it.

    FYI, during installation of SCCM 2012 SP1, I got an error message "CWmi::Connect(): ConnectServer(Namespace) failed. - 0x8004100e" in the ConfigMgrSetup.log. Is it related to my client push installtion issue?

    Thanks for your reply.

  9. Hi Gerry,

    With the help of your guide i have so far working clients and i even captured profiles using USMT 8.0 version, and restored profiles using USMT again.
    thanks a lot to you!!

    Now i am trying to create an image from windows 8 machine using SCC 2012 R2.
    but facing issues like,,

    ( i already have Restricted Group configured for network account and local administrator account)

    1 i installed windows 8 on a client machine, but i can't install client agent on this machine.
    2. Please help me with the best and detailed way to install client on machines.

    3. the machine i am trying to install client on, should it be domain member or workgroup.
    because if i join client machine to domain, only then i see "Restricted Group" as a member of "Local Administrators" group.

    If i leave it to workgroup, i don't see "Restricted Group" as a member of "Local Administrators" group.


    1. This is my preferred way of creating customised images (using MDT). You don't need to worry about clients or Restricted Groups for this.

  10. Hi Gerry, I have a question. I can't install the client agent in my management server where deployed the SCCM 2012.

    1. You haven't given enough information. What happens when you try to install the client?

  11. Hi Gerry,
    I have a SCCM 2012 R2 environment, and performed all the configuration according to your previous posts.
    Now I'm trying to install the client on a Workgroup client server.
    I did the following steps:
    1. Checked Management point record in DNS is available.
    2. Changed DNS IP address on client to my domain environment & Enabled NetBIOS on TCP option in advanced features.
    3. Edited LMHOSTS & HOSTS file.
    4. Mapped the \\SCCM\SMS_SITE\CODE\client folder to network drive Z:.
    5. Ran the ccmsetup.exe with following parameters: CCMSetup.exe SMSMP=sccm.server.lab.local /logon SMSSITECODE=P01 /source:z:

    The setup runs fine, with configuration manager appearing in Control panel. But when i checked its properties, I saw it wasn't assigned a Site.
    Checked logs and saw errors it could not assign site and also it could not contact MP.
    Could you tell where I'm going wrong. Could you guide how to edit the LMHOSTS file correctly, and how to check if Workgroup computer can contact MP.
    Greatly appreciate if you suggest some step by step blog that I can follow.
    Thanks in Advance.

    1. This blog post explains the process well:

  12. Hi Gerry, I am not able to get my remote office computers to use the local distribution point for SCCM client installs. Even though I have setup boundary and boundary groups all pointing to the dist point. They continue to come back to the site server for the client. Is there something specific that has to be configured to get the clients to grab the install form the dist point server instead of the site server?

    1. Have clients EVER used the local DP? Is there something wrong with it? Check distmgr.log file for clues.

  13. In SCCM i get the Test-PC ans start the Client installation. On the Test-PC i can see the ccmsetup in the task manger and under Windows/ccmsetup i can find the install-Data, but the Agent isn't installed. Can you help me with my problem?

    1. Do you mean the agent is not installed or the console does not report that the agent is not installed? Have a look in Control Panel? Is there a Configuration Manager applet? If so the agent has successfully installed and your problem is elsewhere.

  14. Thanks Gerry for your great effort,

    I configured a new server 2012 R2 as per your procedure and its working fine.
    But In some client, while clicking find site in server able to find but same while clicking OK its throwing an error not able to connect.
    In some clients find site option in SCCM client is not getting enable.
    Steps Taken
    Enabled forest discovery and enabled automatic creation of site boundaries and IP address range
    Enabled all discovery methods
    Created a boundary & boundary group and assigned site and enabled use this boundary group to enable site assignment.
    But still problem remains same.
    Clients connected with server subnet are able to connect with server.

    Please reply.


    1. You're welcome Dinesh. Did you solve this? Did you check that there are indeed boundaries that cover all your clients?

  15. Hi Gerry,

    When we enable Automatic sitewide client push, will it install the client agent only for the first time, or will it continue to install client agent as computers are discovered by discovery methods. Please clarify.

  16. Hi Gerry,

    If i don't want to use predefined rules (File/Printer sharing and WMI) and use Port based rules (445 and 135 ), what other ports do i need to open to enabled client push?I have tried opening those two ports but i can't deploy till i use predefined firewall rules which i am trying to avoid.

    1. You will find that here - Ports that are used with client push installation

  17. Hi Gerry, the client push installation failed and in the ccm.log, there is an error message "Unable to connect to WMI (root\ccm) on remote machine "Windows 10", error = 0x8004100e. On the PC i can see the ccmsetup in the task manger and under Windows/ccmsetup. I am new on to this could you please help.

  18. Hi,
    Can I make an internet Base machine a DP.

    1. No, you can only select an on-premise or cloud based computer.