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How can I setup a Distribution Point in ConfigMgr 2012 on a Windows 7 computer?

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Do I need to create a site code and whatnot like with Secondary Sites? How can I tell that the clients are using that remote site and not my main server?

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read my earlier comment about site code above, short answer=no.

they will use the nearest distribution point based on boundaries that you define. The smsts.log file will reveal this on the client

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I don't see a smsts.log file on the client, at least not in c:\windows\ccm\logs. Where should it be?

 

When assigning a boundary group to my remote site, should I check the box for "Use this boundary group for site assignment"? If so, should I select my main site?

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When assigning a boundary group to my remote site, should I check the box for "Use this boundary group for site assignment"? If so, should I select my main site?

 

no, this is a DP it's not used for assigning sites it's only used for Content. So what you do is add this dp to a boundary group, the boundary group in turn has one or more boundaries. to do so right click on a boundary group that you've already made, if it has no boundaries add one

 

ireland group boundaries.png

 

then click on the references tab and add your site system server that hosts the DP in question

 

references.png

 

and click apply, this means that clients that fall into that boundary will get their content from that dp unless you've specified Allow fallback source locations for content in your distribution points Boundary Groups tab.

 

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Thanks. Going this method, how often will clients communicate with my main site server? How much bandwidth would it us? How do I have the computers are the remote sites use my remote site server when it installs the SCCM client? I have it set up to push the install out now and it looks like it uses the sms_<site code> share, which doesn't exist on my remote site server.

 

Also, how does installing the management point role on the remote site server effect all of this?

 

Sorry for the repeat questions and such, I just want to make sure I fully understand this before I go to my boss.

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I set up a remote site server but clients don't seem to be using it. I can find the smsts.log file. What log file should I look at to see why the clients are connecting to it?

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Thank you. From the log I found what I was looking for.

Was it the CAS.log file or a different one?

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Does this mean it is downloading from all of these locations or could connect to any of them?

 

 

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look for Matching DP location found X -

 

in the above it lists two distribution points that match dp 0 and dp 1 (for your first package) and more dp's for your second package

 

 

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Any idea where I would look to see why it is using all of those locations for HOL000F? The boundary it set to use just the surrey-sccm server.

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overlapping boundaries perhaps ?

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Not that I see. Each boundary consists of an IP range and is only assigned to one site system. I don't know if this matters but each server listed in that picture is just a DP and not a secondary site. I can post screenshots of the boundary group configurations and such if you need.

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Iam trying to install the Distribution Point on Windows Server 2003 R2 which is in a remote location and iam getting the error Distribution Manager failed to connect to the remote distribution point. Please help me in this.

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Guys

 

I've created a DP on a Server 2012 and all went fine. I can see all the folders are created and in the console it has a green tick.

 

the problem is once I setup the site at the remote office, the client can't seems to download the packages, clients get the policies for all the adverts but won't download contents ("downloading" stuck at 0%).

 

client CAS log says = "no matching DP location found"

 

the DPs were built at the main office and was sent to remote office.

 

I have created boundary group and assign it to the the remote office DP, which contains the subnet for that office.

 

seems that the client's can't still see this DP for some reason and i have no idea what to do next.

 

Please help.

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are you sure the boundary is correctly defined, is it a subnet/ip range or ad site boundary ?

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That's what i am not sure, all the bundaries are defined as subnet IPs. I'll try to explain my setup bit more.

 

I have created a distribution group called regional and added the 4 remote site servers that are going to be at the remote offices (the primary site server is in a separate distribution group called PTA. in the Regional distribution group properties , I added "all systems" and "All users" collections in the collection tab.

 

I have created 4 boundary groups, each with it's own subnet IP boundary for the remote offices and assign them to each remote distribution point.

 

In the properties of all boundary groups under reference tab i have selected "use this boundary group for site assignment" and under site system server , the site system server that's assign to that boundary group.

 

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Thanks for the reference. However I am still curious about your statement below:

 

Note that you cannot enable PXE or Multicast support on your Windows 7 Distribution Point.

 

Can you help to explain what is the restriction for enabling PXE support on Windows 7? Does it happen also with SCCM 2012 R2?

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the restriction is because the Client os (windows 7, windows 8, etc) can not host Windows Deployment Services, that is a server service, therefore you cannot enable PXE on dp's running on a client os.

you can however enable PXE on a dp on a server running Server 2012 R2 no problem

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Hey there!
Fine manual for installing DP's. But i have a question:
We have a site called Germany (the main SCCM2012 installation) and we want to create one DP in Italy, France, etc with a proper site codes (like Italy, France etc.)
Is it posible to create SItes and moving the DP's in this sites?
Thanks for info!

Regards Mercy

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Just an FYI. if you are using a server OS and want to PXE boot. Something that had me hung up when setting up a remote distro point was that I had forgotten to install Windows ADK on the server that was going to be the distro point. I followed this guide for the most part except I used Windows Server 2012 R2 and configured it for PXE. Make sure windows ADK is installed on the server before setting it up as a new distro point. If it's not set up you will see the error "Failed to find ADK installation root registry key" in the SMSPXE.log.

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I have a question...

 

we use sccm 1806 and in our external buildings we have for each building a w7 dp

Is it possible to enable branchcache on these dp's?

thank you

 

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