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Prevent Installation of ConfigMgr Client

Posted by Trevor Sullivan on 2010/04/22


You may have some systems which you specifically want to exclude from installing the ConfigMgr client. There are a variety of automated methods in which a system may get the ConfigMgr client installed, desired or not. These methods could include:

  • Client push installation
  • Active Directory startup script
  • Centrally executed management / health check script

Recently, on the MyITforum ConfigMgr mailing list, someone posed the question of how to exclude a workstation from installing the ConfigMgr client. The reason for this was that the workstation in question was running some Cisco software, which would break if Microsoft patches were installed on it. A response to this post suggested the following method:

32-bit Platform

Create two blank files named ccm and ccmsetup under %WINDIR%\System32

64-bit Platform

Create two blank files named ccm and ccmsetup under %WINDIR%\SysWow64

Note: Credit goes to Max Campbell at Lancaster General Health for the solution.

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2 Responses to “Prevent Installation of ConfigMgr Client”

  1. Alex said

    Thanks for this Trevor, good to know.

  2. Terry said

    Good info for some people, This has been around (knowledge of how to stop client install) since at least the SMS 2.0 days, we use to do this with the MS file in 1998.

    Terry

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