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How to Install Configuration Manager Clients Using Group Policy

If you want to install the Configuration Manager agent with a Active Directory GPO you will need to the following.

  • Copy the ccmsetup.msi from the Configuration Manager server %installation path%\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\i386\ccmsetup.msi to a share that has Everyone READ permissions.


  • Create a OU or use an existing one.


  • Create a new policy and link it to the OU. A good name for the policy could be “CCMSetup”


  • Edit the policy and add the ADM files for Configuration Manager that can be found on the installation DVD\TOOLS\ConfigMgrADMTemplates. I usually import both files.


  • In the policy go to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates\Configuration Manager 2007\Configuration Manager 2007 Client\Configure Configuration Manager 2007 Site Assignment. Enable the settings and type in your site code under Assigned Site.


  • In the policy go to Computer Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software installation\. Create a new package and point to the share with the ccmsetup.msi and chose Assigned in the wizard. Tip is to use FQDN names.


  • Add a computer without Configuration Manager client to the OU and restart it to se that the agent is being installed by the GPO.


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Mikael Karlsson posted at 2010-12-8 Category: Active Directory, Configuration Manager 2007, Policy