In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, you can no longer deploy a secondary site server using Setup (wizard or scripted). Instead, you must use the Configuration Manager console to create a new secondary site. This is less than ideal if you want to deploy several secondary sites or want to automate the process for any other reason.
To address the need for automating the deployment of Configuration Manager 2012 Secondary Sites, Jim Dempsey, Config Mgr Program Manager, has developed a VBScript as a CodePlex community project that leverages the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to write the necessary changes to the Site Control file so that a Primary Site server will deploy the intended Secondary Sites. A PowerShell version of this script is expected in the near future from our MVP community.
After downloading the script, just change the below variables to match your Configuration Manager installation and then run the script as a Configuration Manager Site Admin to kick things off!
Script Variables to Modify for your Installation:
You can download the script from Jim's project on CodePlex. Kudos to Jim Dempsey for developing this script!
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Cloud and Enterprise platforms. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.