SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation

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This blog post applies to both SCCM 2012 R2 , SCCM 1511 and later.

In this part of SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we will describe how to install a SCCM 2012 R2 or SCCM 1511 Management Point (MP).

Role Description

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.

Prerequisites

On Windows 2012, the following features must be installed before the Management Point Installation:

Features:

  • .NET Framework 4.5
  • BITS Server Extensions  or Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS)

IIS Configuration:

  • Application Development
    • ISAPI Extensions
  • Security
    • 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

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  • On the Proxy tab, click Next

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  • On the Site System Role tab, select Management Point, click Next

SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation

  • On the Management Point tab
  • Select the desired client connections methods. HTTPS required to have a valid PKI certificate for client authentication
  • Click Next

SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation

  • 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

SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation

  • On the Summary tab, review your settings, click Next and complete the wizard

SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation

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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SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation
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3 Comments on “SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point Installation”

  1. When installing a second MP should one expect that the SMS_Notification_Manager service should have installed, too. Only my first MP which is also the site server has that service and it appears that ccmnotification agent isn’t sending on-line notifications if using the second MP. So clients are all showing off-line that are connected to the new MP. Only on-line clients are connected to first MP, which has the service running. Both MPs have SMS_Notification_Server running but only one has the “Manager”. Thanks!

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