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  • Question

  • We have a VMware pool of 40 virtual PCs that are regularly re-composed from a base image. Is there any definitive documentation on how to implement SCCM 2012 on VDI pools such as this.  I have found a couple of things relating to SCCM 2007 (below), are these still relevant to 2012?

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb694095.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/systemcenter/en-US/72582bd9-d12c-49c6-9a6a-9f96ab3bdf65/installing-the-sccm-client-on-an-image?forum=configmgrgeneral

    Do I need to do anything with regard to certificates on my base image for example?

    Also, are there any specific considerations for using Endpoint Protection on VDI pools?

    Any advice welcome ;-)


    Hibs Ya Bass!

    Monday, February 10, 2014 11:40 PM

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  • See the "How to Install Configuration Manager Clients by Using Computer Imaging" at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712298.aspx.

    For 2012 (post SP1), there is also a client setting that enables randomization of most client activity; this should be enabled on your VDI systems.

    Is there any actual value to installing the ConfigMgr client agent in your non-persistent VDI systems though?


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:17 PM
  • The guide referenced by Jason is a good starting point. 

    Basically the clients for SCCM and SCEP should be installed on the master image.

    How you manage them from within ConfigMgr depends on whether you are using persistent or non-persistent VDI's.

    I'm planning to write up about my experiences with non-persistent XenDesktop soon on the SCCMentor blog.


    Cheers

    Paul | sccmentor.wordpress.com

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:33 PM
  • See the "How to Install Configuration Manager Clients by Using Computer Imaging" at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712298.aspx.

    For 2012 (post SP1), there is also a client setting that enables randomization of most client activity; this should be enabled on your VDI systems.

    Is there any actual value to installing the ConfigMgr client agent in your non-persistent VDI systems though?


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    Thanks Jason.

    There isn't really any value in having the agent on the non-peristent machines, no, but I need the agent on my master image so I can deploy software updates to it once a month. Then we recompose all the other virtual PCs from the master with with the new software updates applied. I will therefore only target the master image with software updates and not the other virtual PCs.

    I do plan to deploy EP signatures to ALL virtual PCs though.


    Hibs Ya Bass!

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:38 PM
  • The guide referenced by Jason is a good starting point. 

    Basically the clients for SCCM and SCEP should be installed on the master image.

    How you manage them from within ConfigMgr depends on whether you are using persistent or non-persistent VDI's.

    I'm planning to write up about my experiences with non-persistent XenDesktop soon on the SCCMentor blog.


    Cheers

    Paul | sccmentor.wordpress.com

    I'll look out for that Paul, cheers.

    Hibs Ya Bass!

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:39 PM
  • If you plan to use EndPoint Protection in your virtual PCs and you want to manage that (know what viruses are found, see the versions of SCEP, report), you need the SCCM 2012 client on all the virtual PCs. Without SCCM client installed, SCEP will be unmanaged. Regards, Bob
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:25 PM
  • No it needs to be installed on the master image only.

    Cheers

    Paul | sccmentor.wordpress.com

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:52 PM
  • Paul,

    Do you mean that SCCM client is not active/installed on the copies of the master image, the non-persistent VDI sessions?

    Regards, Bob

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:02 PM
  • The ConfigMgr client and SCEP installs need only to be performed on the master image. SCCM takes care of the rest of the management.

    Cheers

    Paul | sccmentor.wordpress.com

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:35 PM