Installing SCCM

Last week I was able to configure and setup System Center Configuration Manager SCCM at work. Here is a good online guide incase anyone wants to know what is involved: http://www.ahmedgroup.co.uk/articles/47/1/Step-by-step-guide-installing-SCCM-2007-Part-1/Page1.html

I would have to say a multi-site SCCM configuration is a beast compared to Lync to setup. You need to follow a guide to the T when installing, otherwise it is really hard to troubleshoot. The most important parts to remember on both site and secondard site servers is IIS, WSUS, WEBDAV, BITS, Remote Compression. Configuring WEBDAV is not hard but it has to be perfect or else you will end up chasing your own tail later. The Microsoft installer for SCCM does not check these components during the pre-check, so this is why I bring it up.

Anyways Deploying software packages and updates for now, later I’ll have to figure out the rest of SCCM and the other modules that fit in.

Lync 2010

This week I installed Lync 2010 Standard edition, and I was plesently surprised at just how easy Lync is to setup then previous versions of Office and live communicator. For the most part Lync 2010 requires just Active Directory Domain with a CA, and a server to call its own. Keep in mind users also have to be mail enabled so Exchange may be needed but upgrading to Exchange 2010 is not required (only added benefit in 2010 is lync itegrated with OWA).

The next part was the hardest to get over for me, which is adding contacts automatically for lync enabled users. The best way I have found to do this is to use the script I found on The Expta {Blog}. Here a script leverages a utility to export a users contacts and you can import them to a number of users or to individual users.

Also as a side tip, after your address book syncs which should take 60 seconds or less, you should be able to lookup and add distrobution groups to your link (which will dynamically add any lync enabled users that are a member of that group).

For those “Domain Admin” users to enable those accounts in Lync you first need to open AD computer and users, enable “advanced view”, open each domain admin user, click on the security tab, click advanced, check inherited permissions and close out the user in AD and enable right away in the Lync control panel. If you wait until later to enable like I did then you have to go through the whole process again. Best practice in AD is to use Domain Admin account as secondary accounts and not your primary account, so if thats the case this should not be an issue.

I only have standard installed right now, so my knowledge of Lync is limited to that scope, also I have not enabled all the voice features yet although audio and video compture to computer seem to work out of the box, just not dialing out.

More to come, but until then I recommend reading Microsoft’s deployment blogs on lync, and the Technet library, both very helpful.  Also check out this video if you want step-by-step base installation instructions for Lync 2010 Standard.