How to Install WSUS Administration Console Only in Server 2012

In case if you guys are going to integrate External WSUS server with SCCM 2012 SP1 or if you want to manage the External WSUS server from another server which is running on top of Windows Server 2012 then you can use the following Powershell command;


Start PowerShell Console (as Administrator) and run : Install-WindowsFeature -Name UpdateServices-Ui

The above command will install the console only and not run a post-install task. Just connect to remote WSUS Server



Hi Guys,

Thought to share the way how you need to configure the Group Policy to push SCCM 2012 Agent to the client machine in your environment. Basically there are about couple of ways of deploy SCCM Agent. If we list down those

1- Push Agent using SCCM 2012 SP1 console

2- Push Agent using Group Policy

3- Push Agent Using Script

4- Manual Agent installation

But when we consider some customer environments some of them are very strict on their firewall rules like  blocking “File AND Print Sharing” so on so forth. But to push agent via SCCM console we need to allow the “File and Print Sharing”. In that case we need to enable the File and Print Sharing in client pc windows firewall as well. In some cases even from virus guard also blocking File and Print Sharing. So what is the method to do this?

That’s where Group Policy comes in to the picture. So following shows you the exact steps of enabling the GPO settings to push SCCM 2012 SP1 agent in to client machine.

Let start of enabling the GPO now.

1- Go to your Domain Controller and Open the “Group Policy Management” console.

2- “Right Click” on the Group Policy Object and Click “New” to create the GPO as follows.


3- Under the New GPO console just put a name to it and Click “OK”


4- As a next step “Right Click” on the created GPO and Click “Edit” tab to configure the GPO.




5- Once you select the “Edit” option then select the “Add/Remove Templates” option to add the .adm templates which you can find it in SCCM 2012 Setup folder.

You can locate the templates in the below location.



6-  “Click Add” tab to import the Templates.



7- Select the both templates from the location which I mentioned above and select “Open” to import the files.

Note- I recommend you to first copy the templates in to windir%\inf of the Domain controller and import it from there.




8- Once it imported close the “Add/Remove Template” option.


9- Once the GPO is created you will need to do the following to configure the GPO:

(I). Open the “ConfigMgrAssignment” item and choose enable then enter your site code.

    Note: this will help keep clients assigned to the correct site in your infrastructure.


      (II). Then Open the “ConfigMgrDeployment” and “Enable “it. 

        i. Enter the command line parameters that you want to do.

        Note: Only do step (II) if you have not extended your AD schema and published your site to AD. If you have already done this then the install command line is already published to AD. Therefor you don’t need to enable this option.

        For more information of publishing to AD read this

        10- After configured the policies then you need to configure the SCCM 2012 SP1 Agent installation Software Package. To configure the software Package do the following steps.

        11- Right Click on the Software installation and select “New” and select “Package”.


        12- Then Enter the UNC path to the CCMSetup.MSI.

        (It’s better if you can keep the .msi file in a file server for safe side or you can keep it in the SCCM Server as well)

        i. Example: \\fileServer.domain\SCCM_Client\CCMSetup.MSI





        13- Once you given the file path then select “Assigned” option and click “Ok” to confirm it. Then you will see the Configuration completed as follows.



        14- After the software package configuration completed then “Link the created GPO” to a particular OU as indicating below and let the SCCM agent to install via GPO.


        Thanks All. 🙂

        How to change the SCCM 2012 SP1 Evaluation Mode to Licensed Version

        When you are installing System Cneter Configuation Manager 2012 SP1, you have the option to install the product under evaluation mode which is 180 days life time and the other option is you can enter the product key and continue the installation.

        But in case if you install the evaluation mode and later on if you want to activate this as a licened version then you can convert the evaluation mode to licened (You have to enter the product key later) mode using the following steps.

        It is done by the “Configuration Manager Setup” which can be seen in the start menu. If you installed the SCCM 2012 SP1 on top of Windows Server 2012 then go to search tab and type “configuration” or “con” or etc, then once you serach it you will find the Configuration Mnager Setup Option easily as follows.

        Then go through the following stpes and complete the conversion of eval to licened version.

        1- Start configuration Manager Setup from Start Menu


        2- Just Click “Next” to continue.


        3- Select the “Perform Site Maintenance or Reset this Site” option and click “Next” to continue.


        4- On the last step select the “Upgrade the evaluation to licensed edition. Enter the 25 Product Key” option and Key in the Product key which belongs to your purchase and click “Next” to continue.


        5- On the next screen will be the License Terms page and Click “I accept the license terms” option and Click “Next” to install the product key.

        Once the above steps are done you can check the evaluation mode changed in to license mode.

        Hope the above guides are giving you some help.  Smile