I started this blog post when the Unified Installer was released, then I decided to not write it and wait for the released version. A couple of days ago I got a question regarding Service Manager 2012 and integration with Configuration Manager 2012 and then I used the Unified Installer to get a test environment up and running and it saved me a lot of time.

Before starting there are a couple of things:

  • Orchestrator must be installed as the System Center Unified Installer uses it to deploy the rest of the products.
  • System Center products must be installed on the C:\
  • App Controller and Virtual Machine Manager cannot be installed on the server.

Here is how I used the Unified Installer.

  1. Start by downloading the System Center 2012 Release Candidates here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh505660
  2. When you are done downloading it start downloading all the different required components, they are listed here in the user guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh751268.aspx
  3. Each required software must be in a separate folder, I created the following folder structure:
  4. SCUI_pre_1The WAIK download which is an ISO needs to be extracted for the installation to work.
  5. Each of the System Center 2012 products needs be unpacked from the format they are downloaded from into a separate folder for each product.SCUI_prod
  6. I then created two OU’s in my lab environment and configured one group policy containing the settings needed by the Unified Installer for the System Center Unified Installer computer.
    In both these GPO’s I also turned of the Windows Firewall(as it is only for testing)
    The policy settings required are listed in the User guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh751268.aspxSCUI_Installer_gpo
  7. And one GPO for the System Center Unified Installer Target computersSCUI_GPO1
  8. For the target computers Windows 2008 r2 SP1 is required to be installed so I deployed them using Configuration Manager ;-)
  9. Then you are ready to start, here are some screen shots from the rest of the installation, I hope it can be to some use.