System Center 2012 Unified Installer – Step by Step – Part 1

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With System Center 2012 Microsoft released another tool called System Center Unified Installer. The System Center Unified Installer is design to do an automated installation of all the System Center 2012 products in Demo or Lab environments. It is not designed to install System Center 2012 in productive environments, because most of the time you have to work on the existing infrastructure and you change things on productive systems which you should do manually and check if they work as expected.

But it is a good tool to deploy System Center for demos, testing and proof of concepts. Because it can install all System Center 2012 components in less than three hours fully automated. Still you have to do some preparation of the environment and your target servers.

System Center Unified Installer Process

 

In this series of posts I will show you how you can deploy System Center with the System Center Unified Installer with less effort as possible.

In part one of this blog series the focus will be the pre-requirements and the sources for a deployment with System Center Unified Installer.

  1. Download the System Center 2012 Suite. If you don’t have a license yet you can download the Private Cloud Evaluation Software.
  2. Download the following Prerequisites
    PrerequisiteFor
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4SCAC
    SCCM
    SCDPM
    SCOM
    SCO
    Report Viewer Redistributable 2008SCOM
    SCSM
    Report Viewer Redistributable 2010SCOM
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2SCAC
    SCCM
    SCDPM
    SCOM
    SCO
    SCSM
    SCVMM
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native ClientSCVMM
    SCAC
    Windows Automated Installation KitSCVMM
    SCAC
    Microsoft Analysis Management ObjectsSCSM
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line UtilitiesSCVMM
    SCAC
    SP1 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2SCCM
    Cumulative Update Package 4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1SCCM
  3. Now as the last step you have to unpack System Center 2012 and the prerequisites to your installer Computer. I created a Source Folder with the subfolders SC2012 for all the System Center Products and a subfolder Prereq for all the Prerequisites.
    System Center Unified Installer 2012System Center Unified Installer 2012System Center Unified Installer 2012So of the downloads you have to uncompressed using the command <filename>.exe /x:C:\Source\Prereq\<software>
    For example:
    – SQL Server 2008 R2
    – SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
    – SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4
    – System Center App Controller

Now this was step one of the preperation. In the next part I will write about how you have to setup the Installer and the Target servers.

Links for the Unified Installer: