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How to Use a Command Prompt to Install System Center Essentials 2010

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

You may prefer to install System Center Essentials 2010 at the command prompt if you want to install Essentials without user intervention.

Use the SetupSCE.exe program in the Installation folder of the product CD to install and uninstall Essentials 2010 at a command prompt. The following sections list the various parameters you can use with SetupSCE.exe. Command-line parameters can be used in any order.

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For more information about installing Essentials 2010 from a network share, see Troubleshooting Your Initial Essentials Setup and Configuration.

Essentials Command-Line Installation Parameters

The following table describes the parameters you can use with SetupSCE.exe to install some or all Essentials 2010 components.

 

Parameter Required Description

/help or /?

Optional

Displays the Help dialog box.

/Components:<Server,Reporting,UI,VM>

See description

Installs the Essentials management server:

  • Required: Server, UI

  • Optional: Reporting, VM

Installs Essentials Reporting:

  • Required: Reporting

Installs the Essentials Console only:

  • Required: UI

When specifying more than one parameter, separate each with a comma and no spaces. Parameters are case-sensitive.

/Path:<Essentials path>

Optional

Specifies the local path of the Essentials Setup.exe file. The default is the current path.

/ProductKey:<ProductKey>

Required for retail or OEM

Specifies the Microsoft product key supplied with your purchase of Essentials.

/RegisteredOwner:<RegisteredOwner>

Optional

Specifies the registered owner of the product.

/RegisteredOrganization:<RegisteredOrganization>

Optional

Specifies the registered organization of the product.

/SQLInstanceName:<SQLInstanceName>

Required

Specifies the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 instance where the Essentials database is to be installed.

/SQLDBFiles: <DB file location>

Optional

For local SQL Server instances only, specifies a different location for storing the database file

/User:<UserName>

Required

Specifies the administration account used to run Essentials processes.

/Domain:<DomainName>

Required

Specifies the administration account domain.

/Password:<Password>

Required

Specifies the administration account password.

/UpdateContentLocal

Optional

/UpdateContentLocal:0 deploys updates directly from the Microsoft Update server for each managed computer to which an update is deployed instead of storing the update. /UpdateContentLocal:1 downloads updates locally to the Essentials 2010 server (leaving the parameter blank does the same as specifying /UpdateContentLocal:1).

/UpdateLocation:<UpdateLocation>

Optional

Specifies a local folder for storing Microsoft updates.

/Silent

Optional

Specifies to install the product without displaying the user interface.

/InstallPath: <Path>

Optional

Specifies the folder location for installing the Essentials binaries.

/ReportingSQLInstanceName:<SQLInstanceName>

Required if installing Reporting

Specifies an existing, local SQL Server 2008 instance where SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is to be installed.

/ReportingBinding: <BindingURL>

Required if installing Reporting

Specifies the binding to use if the instance of SQL Server 2008 used for SSRS has multiple bindings. For example, http://machine:80/reportserver.

/LibrarySharePath:<LibrarySharePath>

Optional

Specifies the location for storing Virtual Machine Manager files. For example, %PROGRAMDATA%\Virtual Machine Manager Library Files.

/WSUSupgrade

Optional

Upgrades a previously installed (upgradable) instance of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on this computer to the version required by Essentials (version 3.0 with SP2). If a previous WSUS instance is installed on this computer and this parameter is not specified, Essentials Setup will not complete.

/CEIPOptIn

Optional

Enables the Customer Experience Improvement Program.

/ErrorRepOptIn

Optional

Enables Error Reporting.

/ODROptIn

Optional

Enables Operational Data Reporting.

/MUUpdate

Optional

Configures the server to use Microsoft Update.

/SetupSelfUpdate

Optional

Checks for Essentials product updates at Microsoft Update.

/Installlocalsql

Optional

Installs and uses SQL Express. If this parameter is given, then the three SQL parameters are not required.

Essentials Reporting Installation Parameters

 

Parameter Required Description

/EssentialsServer

Required

Look up the Essentials management server in Active Directory Domain Services to connect to it.

/Components: Reporting

See Description

Installs the Essentials management server:

  • Optional: Reporting

Installs Essentials Reporting:

  • Required: Reporting

/Silent

Optional

Specifies to install the product without displaying the user interface.

/InstallPath: <Path>

Optional

Specifies the folder location for installing the Essentials binaries.

/ProductKey: <ProductKey>

Required for retail or OEM

Specifies the Microsoft product key supplied with your purchase of Essentials.

/RegisteredOwner: <RegisteredOwner>

Optional

Specifies the registered owner of the product.

/RegisteredOrganization: <RegisteredOrganization>

Optional

Specifies the registered organization of the product.

/Password: <Password>

Required

Specifies the administration account password.

/ReportingSQLInstanceName: <SQLInstanceName>

Required

Specifies an existing, local SQL Server 2008 instance where the SSRS is to be installed.

/ReportingBinding: <BindingURL>

Required

Specifies the binding to use if the instance of SQL Server 2008 used for SSRS has multiple bindings. For example, http://machine:80/reportserver.

/ODROptIn

Optional

Enables Operational Data Reporting.

/SetupSelfUpdate

Optional

Checks for Essentials product updates at Microsoft Update.

Essentials Remote Console Installation Parameters

 

Parameter Required Description

/Components: UI

Required

Installs the Essentials console only.

/InstallPath: <Path>

Optional

Specifies the folder location for installing the Essentials binaries.

/SetupSelfUpdate

Optional

Checks for Essentials product updates at Microsoft Update.

/Silent

Optional

Specifies to install the product without displaying the user interface.

/ProductKey: <ProductKey>

Required

Specifies the Microsoft product key supplied with your purchase of Essentials. Required for retail ` OEM products.

/RegisteredOwner: <RegisteredOwner>

Optional

Specifies the registered owner of the product.

/RegisteredOrganization: <RegisteredOrganization>

Optional

Specifies the registered organization of the product.

Example: Install Essentials and all components

Description

Use the following code example to install System Center Essentials 2010 and all components.

Code


            SetupSCE.exe /Silent 
            /Components:Server,UI,Reporting,VM 
            /User:<UserName> /Password:<Password> /Domain:<Domain> /SQLInstanceName:[servername]\[instancename] /ProductKey:<Product key> /ReportingSQLInstanceName:%computername%\[instancename] /ReportingBinding:http://%computername%:80/ReportServer_[instancename] 

Example: Install Essentials console only

Description

Use the following code example to install only the Essentials 2010 console.

Code


            SetupSCE.exe /Silent /Components:UI
          

Comments

The first time that you run the console after installation, a message asks you to which Essentials management server the Setup program should connect.

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