Step-by-Step SCCM Installation and Configuration Guide

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This blog post has been updated. Please refer to the new SCCM Current Branch Installation Guide.

The new version of SCCM is out ! You may know this version as SCCM Vnext, SCCM 2016 or SCCM 1511. The product group explained on their blog that the new version will be simply called SCCM Current Branch. This blog post is a complete Step-by-step SCCM Installation Guide.

SCCM installation has never been an easy process and the product itself can be complex for inexperienced administrators. With these blog posts, our goal is to bring it a bit further, explaining concepts and best practice rather than just guide the user through the installation process.

If you’re not familiar with SCCM 1511 Features, you can visit this Technet article which covers it all.

If you’re familiar with SCCM 2012 and plans to migrate, read our blog post about What’s New in SCCM 1511 and stop reading this guide. You do not need to do a complete installation if you’re already running SCCM 2012. See our blog post on how to upgrade to SCCM 1511 instead

I hope this guide brings all the information you need and that you’ll appreciate administering it.

Download and own this SCCM Installation Guide in a single PDF file.

The PDF file is a 162 pages document that contains all informations to install and configure SCCM Current Branch. Use our products page or use the button below to download it .


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46 Comments on “Step-by-Step SCCM Installation and Configuration Guide”

  1. Benoit,
    Excellent material, but from my perspective out of date…
    Presently running SCCM (MECM) 2010. I got tired of using SCCM to keep the SQL / WSUS database patched. I switched that server to Automatic and all problems getting updated went away. Any idea when you are coming out with another compiled update of install/management based on the newer SCCMs sir?

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  3. Hello Benoit,

    I have a copy of your installation guide which I purchased three or four years ago, has that guide been updated for newer versions of SQL and SCCM?

    Art Laboon

  4. Hello Dear,
    I thank you to be a member of this site. I have an issue on SCCM which is;
    I hope u will give me a hint or solution about SCCM ,I am using SCCM 2016 and need to upgrade from window 7 in to window 10 but it can’t deploy the window 10-1803 as ends with a task error message of the following.
    ” the task sequence has failed with an error code of (0x80004005)”

    Thank you!

  5. Good morning Benoit Lecours,

    Please take a doubt, the System Center that I have here implanted is SCCM 2012 r2 with windows 2012 r2, my client stations are all with windows 7 still, on account of an application that does not still run on windows 10. My doubt is, I can migrate SCCM 2012 R2, to the most current version, does it work with windows 7 normally or would it be better to upgrade now only to v1511 and after that have client stations on windows 10 that I can migrate to the most current?

  6. Hi,
    Dear Lecours,
    thank you for your supporting and cooperating,
    sir i have questions regards of SCCM server 2012 R2, in our environment we have a primary Site server and and many remote branches and we want to distribute WSUS update through SCCM to all client in our remote branches and i would like to know the installation steps and guides.



  7. Hi Benoit,

    Do I need to install SQL server if I am about to install SCCM role like MP on a remote server?
    I am not planning to have MP DB replication enabled on that server.
    Many thanks in advance for your reply.


  8. Hi Benoit

    Can you please share the link how can I deploy software update (security patches) to my windows 10 LTSB IoT embedded 1607 client using SCCM 2016

  9. Followed these instructions. Now I have shares over all kinds of drives, none of my clients check in, software updates are all broken…


  10. Guys – I love the information this site provides, I regularly use this as a primary source of great information. However, after purchasing the guide here, I open the PDF and it states damaged or changed. Please assist..

  11. Thanks for this guide! Question: Since 1606 is out as a standalone, can I just substitute this guide and use 1606 instead of 1511?

  12. Hello

    I also have not received the PDF that I purchased on 10/24/2016. I have sent two recent emails regarding this but have not received a response. My email address is

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Garrick S.

  13. Hello,

    Before I purchase the installation guide, I just would like know if the
    content of this guide is same as here written in this blog?


    1. Hi Guido,

      Thanks for you interest in our products. It’s mostly the same but some content has been updated to reflect new version of SCCM and SQL.

      1. Hi Benoi,

        many thanks for the quick response. Could you just let me know, which Content has been updated, the PDF document or the blog?

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  16. I upgraded from 2012 R2 Sp1 to SCCM 1511 to 1602 without issue. However I can’t get the Win PE peer cache to work yet. I turn it on with the new client setting advertised to the collection, the wim downloaded to the machine task via a download task and the SMSTSPeerDownload=TRUE set. The CAS.log on the machine hosting the wim shows the second client calling to it checking for the wim and reports back success. The client computer shows success in its SMSTS.log and adds the Peer Content Server but after all that does a Prioritized Locations and still picks the distribution point. Is there a setting I need to modify so that it picks the Peer Content Server rather than the Multicast Server?

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  18. I’ve purchased the SCCM installation guide, primarily complete a fresh installation of SCCM on Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 so we can migrate our current setup from Server 2008 R2 and SQL 2008.

    The guide is really good and fairly easy to follow. However, please can I make a suggestion? You mention in the pre-requisites that WSUS is needed as a feature, but you don’t actually cover WSUS installation until after installing SCCM. If you install WSUS early in the guide there won’t be an option to use SQL for the database. Please could I suggest that you add a section on installing WSUS after the SQL installation, but before the SCCM installation? I left the WSUS installation, thinking I could install it later, but then got a warning when I tried to install SCCM.

    Many thanks


  19. Hi…

    I purchased this e-book and I’m finding it helpful so far. Thank you!!!

    One quick question, in section 5.4 – SCCM Accounts. Are these Domain accounts or Local accounts on the primary site server?


  20. Hi Benoit,
    Thank you for these excellent resources, and sorry for the long read. I need a bit of guidance to ensure I take the best approach to upgrading. There are 2 things that I need to accomplish: Move SCCM to a new VM (the current hardware is about to go out of warranty), and upgrade from 2012 SP1 to 1511. I was hoping that I would be able to build the 1511 installation side-by-side to the 2012, manually migrate only the items that are needed, and end up with a “clean” installation. I’m relatively inexperienced with SCCM (as is our organization) so I thought taking that approach would result in valuable learning, and a more efficient SCCM instance without the wasted resources due to old junk. It’s of note that while my org wants OSD support for Win10, they’re reluctant to “cutover” to a new product. At this point, our application deployments are few, our OSD is non-existent, and our reporting needs are minimal. I hope to change all of that for the better. Our current instance has ~3k devices reporting. I’ve got a clean Server 2012 R2 VM with 4 CPU cores, 16GB RAM, and 500GB of HDD space to migrate to. From my understanding, upgrading side-by-side is not recommended between these two versions. Given our scenario, what path would you recommend to get from the old hardware onto the new, and from 2012 SP1 to 1511?

  21. Hi,
    Just wondering which ADK 10 should be installed with sccm 1511. Is the newest ADK 10 1511 ready or still stick to the first ADK 10 release?.

    Anders Jensen.

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