Developing the Server Architecture

As with all Windows Server installations, use only hardware components listed in the
Windows Server Catalog. The catalog is located at 

For maximum supportability, it is best to use hardware bearing the Windows Server Hardware logo. Virtualization of all site systems roles is supported on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

You can find information about supportability on other virtualization products at

Directly attached volumes on a storage area network (SAN) are supported, provided all hardware components are supported.
All System Center 2012 Configuration Manager site system roles except for distribution
points must be installed on systems running a 64-bit OS. Site systems cannot by deployed on server core or foundation server instances. Here are the minimum recommended hard-ware specifications for ConfigMgr site systems:

▶ 2.0GHz Pentium III processor
▶ 1.0GB of RAM
▶ 5GB free disk space; 15GB if you will support OSD

You can find hardware sizing recommendations for specific site systems at

For production systems, you should meet (and generally exceed) the recommended minimum specifications.

For systems that handle large amount of HTTPS traffic, you should consider a cryptographic accelerator card. ConfigMgr does not support server clustering. If you use a dedicated SQL database server, you may use server clustering for high availability.


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