SQL on same server or remote for MECM and WSUS


Hi All

Wanted to bounce my thoughts with fellow members.

I am about to embark on a mini project for a customer. It’s for a small experiment and a new network and infrastructure environment will be created on-premises. Unfortunately for this piece of work cloud is not an option. So a Virtualisation environment, SAN, networking, firewalls will all be procured.

I need to build MECM to help deploy a gold image to approx 100 workstations, there are 2 variances of laptops I need to consider. As its an experiment it also not going to grow. I also need to ensure patching is configured for both clients and the small server estate being built.

So my thoughts are to build a new VM with MECM 2006 with the SUP role for WSUS and then use the OSD techniques with TS to build the Windows 10 image using PXE.

They will be building a SQL server to host a database for a third party application. My question is as its such a small environment should I put SQL on the same standalone server which will host the Primary site MECM server and SUP or it is doing a lot already and I should move the SQL stuff to a remote SQL rather than collocate?

From reading the docs I understand some considerations need to be taken into account to host both WSUS and ConfigMgr DBs within SQL (difference instances?) but because the environment will be so small my personal preference would be to keep it on same box, easier for me to deploy and easier for the customer to manage.

The security of the environment is high due to the nature of the customer.

What would others recommend and what would your approach be?

Thank you


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  1. If I understand it correctly, it’s only for 100+ devices :

    First preference Intune – But not possible as you already mentioned

    Second Preference – All in one box (Primary + SQL + Package Source + DP + MP + SUP + WSUS). Provision an appropriate hardware (ofcourse VM) for the same.

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