Stuck early in installation steps
Hello, I am a novice with this. We just purchased SCCM 2007 SP2. During the initial set up stages, you reach a point where is asks you: "Update Prerequisite Components". Your choice of options are: - Check for updates and download newer versions to an alternate path - The latest updates have already been downloaded to an alternate path This network is not connected to the WWW so there's no way to connect to Microsoft download site, and I have no idea in the interim what it wants me to download manually. There is no option to skip or ignore this step and I can't proceed further. If anyone has any idea what someone is supposed to do here, your help is greatly appreciated. We are just looking to install one server instance on a Windows 2003 R2 server and manage about 40 clients. Thanks in advance.
March 31st, 2011 7:46am
Hi, you can download all the prerequisists from a computer(WorkStation) which has internet connection with command line (setup.exe from SCCM Media) and place these files onto SCCM server or provide workstation server path. SCCM Media Drive:\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386\SETUP.EXE /download c:\prereq components files will be downloaded to c:\prereq folder. //Eswar Koneti @ www.eskonr.com
March 31st, 2011 7:55am
Hello, The problem here is this entire network is not connected to the WWW so I don't have the option to use one of its workstations to get the prerequisites, nor can I install any component of the SCCM on the network I'm on now (which can connect to the WWW). Is there a URL where I can go get these components? What I have to do is manually download these files to the network I'm on now, transfer them to disk, then introduce them to the network on which the SCCM will reside. Thanks for your assistance.
March 31st, 2011 8:02am
I am not sure if there are URL links avilable but again if you have all (almost 89 components files) URL links avilable ,you will need to have internet connection to download all these, instead ,you can use the above said command line (whcih will not install anything) to download the prereq files . Probably ,you can check this link http://blog.tiensivu.com/aaron/archives/1408-Download-links-for-the-88-files-that-System-Center-Configuration-Manager-needs-during-install.html but not sure if SCCM version you are about to run will pass verification of the these files with correct content version. The recommeneded way is to to download Via setup.exe /download c:\prereq. //Eswar Koneti @ www.eskonr.com
March 31st, 2011 8:19am
Okay, think I see what you're saying I should do. I executed the command and it created a file named ConfigMgr.manifest.cab However, no matter what it seems I do to point to it, I get an error message, "Component manifest was not found or it was invalid" Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong? Thanks for your help.
March 31st, 2011 8:55am
How did you downloaded this file via setup.exe /download ? this can happens if there is mismatch version of what is required for SCCM . You will have to download the latest component files and start the installation of SCCM. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/configmgrgeneral/thread/2e402e5d-5e0a-450c-b064-139a74881911/ can you check the configmgrsetup.log which can be found from C:\ drive for errrors ? //Eswar Koneti @ www.eskonr.com
March 31st, 2011 9:14am
I downloaded the prereq .cab file by pointing a command prompt to the software - SCCM Media Drive:\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386\SETUP.EXE /download <path> Then when I point to this .cab file, I receive the "cannot be found or is invalid" error message. The set up error logs indicate the file cannot be found. The link you provided to the other topic on this keeps bringing up the need to have an internet connected machine to do this, i.e., "You can use a different machine with internet access to download the prereqs" This entire installation is however, on a network that can't connect to the www. The .cab file is 6k, which doesn't look correct and leads me to believe the file is invalid. The installation error files indicate the file can't be found (which probably would occur if it's invalid too I imagine).
March 31st, 2011 9:47am
Yes,the cab file is basically an xml file which contains information about all the other .exe files with their download link path,file name etc. Seems that ,some files are not downloaded correctlty /corrupted. Until and unless,you have all the prereq component files(total of ~89 files) avilable on the folder, installation can not continue.//Eswar Koneti @ www.eskonr.com
March 31st, 2011 9:56am
Well I appreciate all your efforts to help. This is very frustrating because I thought this was a software piece that someone could just install like any other, but it appears not to be the case. I'm not sure what to do at this point. If I go to the manual links you provided above, the versions are not going to match up because we have SP2, which is undoubtedly newer, so that route doesn't look feasible. I've never seen software like this, I can honestly say that. Again, thanks very much for your efforts, but I suppose now we are going to have to pursue trying to get a refund, as it doesn't appear usable on a non-www network.
March 31st, 2011 10:09am
You can just start setup.exe /download <path> on any workstation that got internet access. That can really be any machine. It's just needed for downloading those prerequisites files. Copy those files to a USB drive and make them available on your network where ConfigMgr should be installed. Eswar already mentioned that. You mentioned "We are just looking to install one server instance on a Windows 2003 R2 server and manage about 40 clients." You might think about System Center Essentials (SCE) or even Windows Intune (cloud based management of clients, but not server OSes).Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de
March 31st, 2011 10:56am
Yes, I will try that later from home. This is peculiar scenario. I have no administrator rights on the nework I'm on now (at work, meaning no cmd/executable privieges), but I have admistrator rights at the non-www network this is to be installed on. I want to thank you both for taking the time to address this and hopefully this will succeed after the downloads are procured.
March 31st, 2011 11:52am