How to Install System Center Essentials 2010 Console on a Remote Computer

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

One of the supported deployment topologies in System Center Essentials 2010 is to install the Essentials management server on one computer and to install an Essentials console on another computer.

Before you install Essentials 2010 console on a remote computer, if the computer is not managed by Essentials 2010, you must run the Configure Essentials Wizard on the Essentials management server. This process establishes whether domain-based Group Policy or local Group Policy settings should be used to configure the remote console. If you have set up Group Policy, make sure that enough time has passed for Group Policy objects to update on the computer on which you are installing the remote console.

To prepare a computer for Essentials console under local Group Policy

  1. Copy WSUSCodeSigningCert.cer and WSUSSSLCert.cer files from the <ProgramFiles>\System Center Essentials\Certificates folder on the Essentials server to the C:\Temp folder on the target computer.

  2. On the target computer, at the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.

  3. In the Run dialog box, type mmc.

  4. In the Console1 window, add the Certificates snap-in for the Computer account of the local computer.

  5. Import WSUSSSLCert.cer from the C:\Temp folder into the Trusted Root Certification Authorities node.

  6. Import WSUSCodeSigningCert.cer from the C:\Temp folder into the following nodes:

    • Trusted Root Certification Authorities

    • Trusted Publishers

    • Third-Party Root Certification Authorities

To install the Essentials console on a remote computer

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.

  2. Insert the System Center Essentials 2010 installation CD, and run SetupSCE.exe from the root of the CD.


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

  3. When the System Center Essentials 2010 Setup Wizard first opens, click Install Essentials console.

  4. On the Product Registration page, enter your product key, if needed, and then click Next.

  5. On the License Agreement page, read the license agreement, select the check box to accept the agreement, and then click Next.

  6. Essentials 2010 Setup checks your environment for the hardware and software prerequisites required to install Essentials and selected components and prompts you to review those prerequisites that do not meet minimum requirements. If necessary, exit the wizard, make any required changes, and start the installation process again. After resolving potential system requirement issues, click Next.

  7. Specify where Essentials 2010 should store program files, and then click Next.


    If Essentials monitoring agents are already installed on the computer to which you are installing the Essentials console, you cannot specify an installation folder. The Essentials console will be installed in the same folder as the agents.

  8. Review the Installation Summary page. Click Previous to go back and make changes, or click Install to begin installing the Essentials console.

  9. When the Setup Results page appears, select the check box if you want to start the Essentials console after the Setup wizard closes, and then click Close.

When you start the console, the Connect To Server dialog box appears. In the Server name box, type the computer name of the Essentials management server to which you want the Essentials console to connect, and then click Connect.

See Also


How to Install System Center Essentials 2010 on a Single Server


Local Policy vs. Group Policy in System Center Essentials 2010
Selecting Database Locations in System Center Essentials 2010
Supported Topologies and Performance Guidance for System Center Essentials 2010
System Requirements and Supported Platforms for System Center Essentials 2010
Troubleshooting Your Initial Essentials Setup and Configuration