Prerequisites for SoftwareCentral

This document describes the prerequisites for installing and running SoftwareCentral. Hardware requirements are the same as for the operating system the servers are using.

 

What is needed for a successful installation?

-          One service account (Active Directory Account)

-          One Active Directory Group

-          A fully configured web server. With:

o   The required Roles and Features

o   Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

o   Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

-          Access to the databases

o   An account with permission to create a database and create a login is required

 

Supported SCCM versions:

SCCM 2012 R2 and above

SCCM Current Branch 1511 and above

 

System requirements:

Web server requirements:

- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or above

- IIS 7.5 or above

- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 or above

- Dual core processor or above

- 8 GB of memory or above

- 5 GB of free disk space or above

SQL Server requirements:

- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or above or Microsoft SQL Express Server 2008 or above

- 1 GB of free disk space or above

 

Hardware requirements will increase with the amount of simultaneous users of SoftwareCentral. If needed, SoftwareCentral supports load balancing and SQL clusters.

 

Service Accounts and permissions:

One Active Directory account with:

One Active Directory Group to manage administrator access to SoftwareCentral

 

Server roles required:

Web Server:

Application Development

o   ASP.NET

o   ASP

Security

o   Windows Authentication

Performance

o   Static Content

 

All default settings from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753473.aspx must also be enabled.

 

Ports:

The following ports must be open:

-          80 for the HTTP connection to the site

-          443 if SSL is used

-          1433 for database connections

-          135 for WMI calls

-          2701 and 2702 for the Remote Control Tool on SCCM 2012

-          389 and 636 for LDAP calls used by the Active Directory module between the SoftwareCentral server and the clients.

 

Browser:

The minimum browser versions supported by SoftwareCentral:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.0 (Basic functionality is available in IE 8.0 and above)

Microsoft Edge 44.0

Google Chrome 20.0

Mozilla Firefox 19.0

We recommend that all Add-Blocker plug-ins are disabled for SoftwareCentral.

 

Requirements to the SCCM setup:

SoftwareCentral primarily deploys software and operating systems by adding direct membership rules on predefined install/uninstall collections.

Root folders will be defined, so only the correct collections are used.

 

If needed, SoftwareCentral can automatically generate a complete collection structure for all packages and applications.

Scripts are available to add existing computers to the right collections, so that software can be managed by SoftwareCentral.

 

The best result is achieved if packages, applications and task sequences are located on the central administration site or primary site for single site environments.

 

Patch Management:

In order to use the patch management module, a WSUS server with access to the internet is required.

 

SoftwareCentral Plus ! (Package subscription):

In order to use the package subscription module, SoftwareCentral must be allowed to communicate with our servers over either HTTP or HTTPS.

A separate site for downloading the packages is available.

 

License Module:

In order to use the License Module, including License Harvesting, all software must be deployed with direct membership rules.

 

SoftwareCentral does not support:

-          Windows Server versions prior to 2008

 

How does SoftwareCentral work

SoftwareCentral communicates with the SCCM server by making WQL commands to the SMS Provider. To retrieve data, SoftwareCentral reads directly from the SCCM database.

 

SoftwareCentral has its own database containing settings and various meta data.

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For multi-SCCM-site environments, SoftwareCentral communicates with each Primary Site Server and their databases.

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There are many ways to implement a SoftwareCentral installation. It can be installed directly on the SCCM server or on its own dedicated server (recommended).

 

It is possible to have several SoftwareCentral web servers, all pointing to the same database, to distribute the load.

 

SoftwareCentral is scalable to any number of clients and users.

 

 


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