Installing Workgroup Client in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Just install the Configuration Manager client on a workgroup machine. Here are the steps I followed:

  1. Create and import a local computer PFX file for the workgroup machine
  2. Export then Import the Root Certificate
  3. Navigate to the share: \\server\sms_pri\client
  4. The client must be manually installed on each workgroup computer. Run the install command: ccmsetup.exe /UsePKICert /NoCRLCheck SMSMP=HTTPS://server.domain.net SMSSITECODE=A01 DNSSUFFIX=domain.net SMSSLP=HTTPS://server.domain.net
  5. Approve the client in the Configuration Manager console

Limitations:

  • Workgroup clients cannot locate their default management point from Active Directory
  • Active Directory discovery methods will not discover computers in workgroups
  • Advertisements targeted to users are not possible

For more good info see Chris Sugdinis’s post, Peter van der Woude post regarding certificate creation and of course the TechNet site.

 

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