How can I deploy the Microsoft System Center Advisor agent to multiple Windows 2008 R2 servers? My company has Intune but it's not for servers. I have about 20 2008 R2 virtual machine to install the agent on.


  • If you don't have a configuration management tool that can do this for you, then get one, and set that up first? If not SCCM, or group policies, then look at puppet, or one of the many alternatives. – Zoredache Mar 6 '14 at 21:38

The SCA agent supports command-line arguments for silent installation. The specific switches can be found here.

Once you have the script, you can deploy it via a config management tool (like Intune, which you said you are unable to leverage for this) or through a more cumbersome approach like using psexec or PowerShell remoting to execute the script on each server.

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    cough cough Group Policy... cough Startup Script... cough – Evan Anderson Mar 6 '14 at 20:28
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    @EvanAnderson I thought about that, but I hate doing that for servers. It's not "immediate" enough for me in this instance. For desktops where you don't really care, sure. But maybe that's just me :) – MDMarra Mar 6 '14 at 20:29
  • @EvanAnderson I second what Mark says. We only reboot our servers once every quarter (at most), so a startup script to deploy something to a server is of limited utility. – HopelessN00b Mar 6 '14 at 20:35
  • I hear both of you re: the lack of reboots. I'd probably do both. The Startup Script is nice from an "it's automatic the next time you add a new server" perspective. – Evan Anderson Mar 6 '14 at 21:13
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    @kleefaj they use something like Intune (or more commonly, SCCM) which you've explicitly stated you can't use. You seem surprised that by excluding the correct tool for this job from the question that the alternatives are not attractive. – MDMarra Mar 6 '14 at 21:25

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