Manage SUSE Linux Using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

Manage SUSE Linux with system center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

One of the biggest enhancement in system center configuration manager is the supportability of managing non-windows machines like Mac OS, Linux and UNIX.  

Now you can manage using SCCM SP1 Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7 snow leopard and lion, and through that we can provide, push software distribution to the devices, settings management and also inventory capability so we have the ability for you to manage these devices, to push settings down to them that you need those devices to have but also pull back the rich reporting information that you’re used to getting in Configuration Manager with your Windows environment. 

Additionally and this will be the focus of this blog that you can manage some version of Linux and Unix as per table below. You can make distribution on the server side and we provide support for a number of variations there a number of variants and that support includes the hardware and software inventory as well as software deployment for these devices.  

Operating System 


Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • Version 4 (x86 and x64)
  • Version 5 (x86 and x64)
  • Version 6 (x86 and x64)


  • Version 9 (SPARC)
  • Version 10 (x86 and SPARC)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

  • Version 9 (x86)
  • Version 10 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Version 11 (x86 and x64)

So below step by step guide how to manage SUSE Linux Version 11 with SCCM 2012 SP1 RTM

1-     I installed my SCCM 2012 SP1 as one primary site and all roles on the same server with site code “P01”

2-     Download SUSE Linux from  and install it as VM on top of Hyper-v. it’s not required to join to domain but you can if you want.

3-     Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager - Clients for Additional Operating Systems

4-     Extract SC 2012 CM SP1 RTM client for SLES.EXE and copy it to SUSE machine.



5-     Ensure that you have execute permission on install file, if not execute following command 

“chmod 777 install”


6-     Install SCCM agent with following command

“sudo ./install –mp sccm.coex.local –sitecode P01 –fsp sccm.coex.local ccm-SLES11x86.”


7-      Once it finish will see the SUSE Linux machine in SCCM under all system collection




8-     Approve the SUSE Linux machine



9-     Then perform client  policy refresh  using following command “/opt/microsoft/configmgr/bin/ccmexec -rs policy”

10-  Once it finishes, request the hardware inventory

“/opt/microsoft/configmgr/bin/ccmexec -rs hinv”



11-  You can check log using "tail -f /var/opt/Microsoft/scxcm.log"

12-  Finally you will be able to  manage SUSE Linux machine


Comments (4)

  1. Jim Adamson says:

    Good article.  Worked for me using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

    Thanks for the tips on 'Approving' hosts in the console and using the CCMEXEC commands to manually update policy.

    Updating policies took a few minutes.


  2. i can not find Linux 5 or 6 Clients in download link can anyone advice

  3. Craper says:

    SCCM patching … M$ is not able to build sensible patching system for Windows and they would like to patch Linux…

  4. JEET says:

    hi ..i was not able to deploy the software or a package to linux .while distribution the package,i can see the package in the opt folder.but it’s not installing.i have not changed the default omni key ,do i have to change into any authorization key.bcz
    it shows it disables the http iis site is in http port only.any suggestion will be help stuff for an week.thanx in advance

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