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This blog post has been updated. Please refer to the new SCCM Current Branch Installation Guide.

In the first part of this SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our SCCM Server and Active Directory.

In part 2, we installed and configured SQL in order to install SCCM.

In part 3, we installed a stand-alone SCCM Primary site.

In the next 16 parts, we will describe how to install the numerous site systems roles available in SCCM 2012 R2 and SCCM 1511. Role installation order is not important, you can install roles independently of others.

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.

SCCM Distribution Point Installation

Several distribution points can provide better access to available software, updates, and operation systems. A local Distribution Point also prevents the installation through the WAN.


  • Functional SCCM 2012 hierarchy
  • SCCM 2012 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 an 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
SCCM Distribution point Installation


IIS needs to be installed on the server but it will automatically be installed using the site installation wizard.

For Windows Server 2003, you must install and configure IIS manually.

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 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012R2, 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.


With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, 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.

Powershell 3.0

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 needs to be opened.

SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

Distribution Point site server installation

Reboot your server to avoid 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.
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • On the General page, specify the Name for the site system server
  • Select the Site Code and Click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Do not specify a proxy server, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Select Distribution point in the role selection screen, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Check Install and configure IIS if required by CM
  • Add a description if needed
  • Select HTTP
  • Select Create self-signed certificate, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Set drive configuration to your needs. This is where the SCCMContentLib will be created so select a drive with enough storage space, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Do not configure a pull distribution point, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Do not configure PXE for now, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Do not enable multicast for now, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Enable content validation to occur where it fits your environment, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Add the boundary group that needs to be associated with this DP and Uncheck the Allow fallback source location for content, click Next
SCCM Distribution point Installation
  • Review the summary page and complete the installation, click Next
SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

WARNING Your remote server may reboot if there’s a missing requirement

At this point, the major part of installing a distribution point server is completed.

SCCM Distribution point Verification


You can track the installation progress in 2 logs:

  • Distmgr.log on the site server
  • Smsdpprov.log on the distribution point. (InstallationDrive\SMS_DP$\SMS\Logs)

Windows Explorer

At this point, you will the SCCM file structure created on the site server.

SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation


You can also track the installation progress in the SCCM console under Monitoring / Distribution Status / Distribution Point Configuration Status

  • Click on your DP
  • Click the detail tab on the bottom
  • Check for green check mark on all components
SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

Note: Error on the IIS Virtual directory is normal at the start of the process. SCCM is making a check as if IIS is installed at the start of the process even if you tell SCCM to enable you IIS for you. That results in errors but be patient and the installation should succeed anyway

  • Verify the status of your new DP in Administration / System Status / Site Status
SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

Replicate content on the Distribution Point

You can now replicate your content to your newly created DP. Replicate manually all your content or add your DP in an existing DP group.

Replicate a package or Application to your newly created site system

SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

Verify that the content is well replicated in the SCCM Console. (or check distmgr.log)

SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

That’s it ! You’re done creating your DP.


If you have multiple Distribution Point, I suggest you to 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 are healthy.

You can also check our custom report about Distribution Point Monitoring to display all your DP status using a single click.

Comments (41)


09.03.2019 AT 10:10 AM
I've just installed a SCCM 1902 Stand-Alone system for my Training Project and wanted to add the distribution point role, only to see it has been pre-installed already. How can I set the drive settings if the DP Role is installed already? Also, have I missed it or have you not lead through Boundary Group creation before this point?


12.19.2018 AT 09:15 AM
My company and I have purchased the entire suite of SCD content. I was hoping to use the guides to replace my aging internal documents. Then I notice this hasn't been updated since Current Branch and Server 2012 R2, let alone Server 2016 that I'm using. Do you have any plans to update the content and then I assume I'll have to repurchase it?

Mark Scott

04.18.2018 AT 01:55 PM
I followed these instructions setting up all my new DPs. Well I rebuilt the entire environ and reused the DP's. Everything was working great for a few weeks. I have one DP that all of the sudden I could not distribute content too. Had a series of WMI errors. Troubleshooting led me to look for the .MOF files. Then to realize that SMS_DP$ is missing entirely. What steps do you recommend to fix?


10.10.2017 AT 05:21 AM
Hello Benoit Do you think that is possible to install only a (pull)DP without the SCCM client? thanks Fred

Phil F

09.07.2017 AT 01:30 PM
I followed these instructions on a 2012 R2 OS and it seems that everything worked except clients received HTTP 500 when attempting to download the package contents. I needed to install the ISAPI Extensions feature on IIS to resolve.

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09.20.2016 AT 10:09 AM
Hi, I have a DP(DP1) that I will delete because the server will be shut down soon (I'm changing my infra). And I have an another DP(DP2) which is almost the same as the DP1 I want to delete. Is it possible to replicate DP1 to DP2 in SCCM 2012 R2 ? Thanks. Regards, Michel

Benoit Lecours

09.20.2016 AT 12:55 PM
You mean the content of the DP ? If so, just create a Distribution Point Group and add your DP into the group.


11.03.2016 AT 01:38 PM
I create a new DP I did everything group boundary etc. but I am not sure the client are connecting to it. there were connecting to a other one (other site) but now I want them to connect to this new one. thanks

Benoit Lecours

11.22.2016 AT 01:57 PM
Check CAS.log, it will state which DP it's using.


09.21.2016 AT 02:18 AM
Exactly yes. Ok, I'll try this, thanks 🙂. Regards, Michel

Omar Abi Nader

09.15.2016 AT 07:15 AM
Hello, I installed a stand-alone site rolling MP and DP on the same server. I have a branch that have slow connection with site server. I configured one of its machines as DP. The rest of the machine are still pulling the client installation from the site server. Note that i created a boundary group for this branch and chose the DP as a fast connection.


07.11.2016 AT 07:19 AM
Hello, we have 32 DPs deployed to our remote offices. Today I noticed that 13 if them have only 2 roles installed. "Site System" and "Distribution point". The "Component server" role is missing. One of these sites have reported OSD problems. Can this be related to the missing role?


08.24.2016 AT 05:44 PM
Hi LT, I have the same problem DP Component Server Rol is missing and I have OSD problems too. Could you solved that problem?

Kenneth Dean

04.29.2016 AT 11:36 AM
I setup a DP for client settings etc. Does the the DP need IIS, BITS, Remote Diff. Compression and WDS on the DP server itself?

Kenneth Dean

04.29.2016 AT 01:16 PM
NVM, it appears it does need these roles installed not just the site server but all DPs as well, lol.