OK. There you have it! Microsoft has recently released System Center 2016 and it’s awesome. It has a lot of new features and capabilities that help enhance the management of clients and servers in the datacenter. You can get more on this What’s new in System Center 2016 excellent article. In spite of some few gotchas, Configuration Manager, ConfigMgr for folks, has always been charming because of its great features in how to manage any device in the network (remote control, patch management, operating system deployment, network protection and other various services, etc…).
In these series of articles, we’ll go ahead and install ConfigMgr 2016 and explore some of its functionnalities. We’ll talk about the architecture that should be chosen before proceed to the installation, then we’ll make sure to prepare all the prerequisites (download required files, install SQL server and the needed Windows features on the Site Server).
For this, we’ll use a simple architecture; one Domain Controller, one SQL Server, one stand-alone Site server that will host the ConfigMgr binaries and related Site System Roles, and finally, one workstation to manage all this. The architecture deployed is shown in the following diagram:
So let’s get started.