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Every SCCM hierarchy must have a Management Point to enable client communication. The Management Point is the primary point of contact between Configuration Manager clients and the site server. Management Points can provide clients with installation prerequisites, configuration details, advertisements and software distribution package source file locations. Additionally, Management Points receive inventory data, software metering information and state messages from clients.
Multiple Management Points are used for load-balancing traffic and for clients to continue receiving their policy after Management Point failure. Read about SCCM High-Availability options in this Technet article.
Prior to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1, it was not possible to assign client directly to a specific Management Point. It’s now possible using the new Preferred Management Point feature. If you don’t have SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 yet, be advise that adding a new Management Point in a remote office won’t automatically make your clients communicate to this particular MP. Read about how clients choose their Management Point in this Technet article.
Site System Role Placement in Hierarchy
The Management Point is a site-wide option. It’s supported to install this role on a stand-alone Primary site, child Primary site or Seconday site. It’s not supported to install a Management Point on a Central Administration site.
Each primary site can support up to 10 Management Points.
By default, when you install a Secondary site, a Management Point is installed on the Secondary site server. Secondary sites do not support more than one Management Point and this Management Point cannot support mobile devices that are enrolled by Configuration Manager.
See the full Supported Configuration in the following Technet article.
On Windows 2012, the following features must be installed before the Management Point Installation:
- .NET Framework 4.5
- BITS Server Extensions or Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS)
- Application Development
- ISAPI Extensions
- Windows Authentication
- IIS 6 Management Compatibility
- IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
- IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation
- Open the SCCM console
- Navigate to Administration / Site Configuration / Servers and Site System Roles
- Right click your Site System and click Add Site System Roles
- On the General tab, click Next
- On the Proxy tab, click Next
- On the Site System Role tab, select Management Point, click Next
- On the Management Point tab
- Select the desired client connections methods. HTTPS required to have a valid PKI certificate for client authentication
- Click Next
- On the Management Point Database tab, specify if you want to use the site database or a database replica. Read about database replica here
- Specify if you want to use the computer account of the Management Point to connect to the database or a specified account
- On the Summary tab, review your settings, click Next and complete the wizard
Verification and Logs files
You can verify the installation in the following logs:
- ConfigMgrInstallationPath\Logs\mpMSI.log – Records details of about the management point installation
- ConfigMgrInstallationPath\Logs\MPSetup.log.log – Records the management point installation wrapper process
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