Today, deploying System Center components in an environment become a time consuming task to an IT or consultant.
Using the straightforward method of installing prerequisites, a Next after a Next and the integration at the end is becoming more and more boring and time killing. We can pass days (1 day = 8 hours) for just installing VMM, SCOM, SCCM, SCSM and the other system center products if needed.
If you are also deploying Windows Azure Pack, you will need more hours and hours.
In addition, i’m not mentioning installing SQL Server for hosting databases, and spreading system center roles for high availability and scalability.
The all achievement can take several tens of hours : Not very cool since we are just installing!! not using
What do you think if i told you that you can reduce this huge number from tens (50, 60,70,80) to just 16 !!
And yes, thanks to Rob Willis and his great team, they made a great tool (A set of Powershell scripts (3 to be exact) and xml files (3 to be exact but only 2 are really needed in the major scenario) where you will need just to fill in the blanks (populate your custom variables) and the scripts will just do the whole work for you : Create VMs, Create SQL Cluster and instances, Install System Center products and install WAP)
For whom who just need to install some products, you can use it !! You can for example, just install VMM, SCOM and SCCM!!
During this series, i will try (in parallel of my deployment) to share information about where to begin, how to proceed and a step by step guide of my deployment (as possible as i could 🙂 )
Finally, the tool name is : Powershell Deployment Toolkit, and the time i’m writing (and working) this blog, the version i’m working with is PDT 2.2600 , exactly the 2.64.2608
You can download the tool from the the following link (normally you will find always the latest version, updated by Rob Willis) : PDT Download
See you in the next post 🙂