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How to Prepare the Essentials Management Server to Manage Workgroup-Joined Computers

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

Supporting the management of workgroup-joined computers in System Center Essentials 2010 requires additional configuration on the Essentials management server, as well as additional preparation on the managed computers. For more information about preparing the managed computers, see How to Install Agents on Workgroup-Joined Computers in Essentials.

To prepare the Essentials management server

  1. A workgroup-joined computer must use a certificate to authenticate to the Essentials management server, which also must have its own certificate. For more information about the certificate requirements, see “Using Certificates in Essentials” in System Center Essentials 2010 Operations Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=180739). You can obtain the certificates needed from either an enterprise certification authority (CA) or a stand-alone CA.

  2. Import the CA certificate into the Trusted Root Certification Authority store on the Essentials management server using the steps described in “How to Import a CA Certificate” in System Center Essentials 2010 Operations Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=180739).

  3. Obtain a certificate for the Essentials management server in PFX format, and import it on the Essentials management server using the steps described in “How to Import Certificates” in System Center Essentials 2010 Operations Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=180739).

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