Distribution Point Installation
- April 20, 2022
- Posted by: Pavithra
- Category: End User Computing
Distribution Point Installation
In this part, we will describe how to perform an SCCM distribution point installation.
I saw a lot of posts recently on the Technet forum which leads me to think that there’s a lack of documentation explaining this.
Several distribution points can provide better access to available software, updates, and operation systems. A local Distribution Point also prevents the installation thought the WAN.
- Functional SCCM hierarchy
- SCCM Admin console access
- RDP access on the Distribution Point server
- The required level of security in the SCCM console
DISTRIBUTION POINT SERVER CONFIGURATION
Prevent package from replication on the wrong drive
- Logon locally on the target machine with remote desktop
- Create an empty file called NO_SMS_ON_DRIVE.SMS on the root of each drive where SCCM should NOT write. (If any)
Local Administrator group
On the DP, add a group that contains your site system computer account in the Administrators group.
I like to create a SCCM system groups that contain all my distribution points.
- Open Server Manager
- Expand Local Users and Groups
- Click on Groups
- Double-click on “Administrators”
- Add the security groups that contain the SCCM computer account
WINDOWS SERVER CONFIGURATION – ROLES AND FEATURES
Configuration Manager requires some roles and features to be installed on the server prior to the DP installation
REMOTE DIFFERENTIAL COMPRESSION
- Open Server Manager, on the Features node, starts the Add Features Wizard.
- On the Select Features page, select Remote Differential Compression
IIS needs to be installed on the server but it will automatically be installed using the site installation wizard.
Make sure that these roles are installed on your server prior to the installation :
- IIS WMI Compatibility tool
- IIS Scripting Tool
WINDOWS DEPLOYMENT SERVICE
For Windows Server 2012+, WDS is installed and configured automatically when you configure a distribution point to support PXE or Multicast.
For Windows Server 2003, you must install and configure WDS manually.
The distribution point site system role does not require Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). When BITS is configured on the distribution point computer, BITS on the distribution point computer is not used to facilitate the download of content by clients that use BITS
MICROSOFT VISUAL C++ 2008 REDISTRIBUTABLE
You can run the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Setup from the Configuration Manager installation at: <ConfigMgrInstallationFolder>\Client\x64\vcredist_x64.exe
For Configuration Manager SP1, vcredist_x64.exe is installed automatically when you configure a distribution point to support PXE.
For Windows 2012 only, you need to enable Powershell 3.0 (or further) before installing the distribution point.
Ensure that your firewall is set correctly. 2 ports need to be opened.
DISTRIBUTION POINT SITE SERVER INSTALLATION
Reboot your server to avoid the case where your server is in “Reboot pending State” which will result in unexpected reboot during distribution point installation.
Now that the Distribution point server is ready to receive a new role, we need to add the server to the site server list
ADD NEW DISTRIBUTION POINT SERVER TO THE SCCM CONSOLE – SITE SYSTEM
- In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration
- In the Administration workspace, expand Site Configuration, and then right click Servers and Site System Roles.
- Select Create Site System Server. The Create Site System Server Wizard opens.
DISTRIBUTION POINT MONITORING
If you have multiple Distribution Points, I suggest you read our post on 8 ways to monitor your distribution points. This post explains in detail the various options to make sure that your DP is healthy.
You can also check our custom report about Distribution Point Monitoring to display all your DP status using a single click.
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