How to move SCCM Distribution Point content folders

Jonathan LefebvreSCCMLeave a Comment

One of the common mistakes we still see is having SCCM distribution point content folders on many different drives, most of the time not on purpose. Usually, this will lead to C drive being full, or the drive where the SQL database sit. This will then cascade into a series of errors all over SCCM. In this post, we will show how to use Content Library Transfer tool to move distribution content folders Prerequisites If you are running SCCM latest build, the tool is now build-in the install folder If you are running a version older than Current Branch 1802, download … Read More

Installing a SCCM DP/MP/SUP in an untrusted domain

Stephane FaubertSCCM12 Comments

There may come a time in your SCCM administration days where some special needs may arise. I had such a case recently. Long story short, in our company, we have a windows domain where no trusts exist with our primary domain where SCCM resides. The problem with that is since there is no visibility in between the two domains, how do you get the servers or workstations managed? Default settings? Such as a default Windows Update setup. Nah, I like to have some degree of control over who does what and when. Install a standalone WSUS server? Yes, this is … Read More

Pull DP Upgrade Consideration in Large Environment

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM8 Comments

Many challenges come with managing and maintaining  System Center Configuration Manager in large environment. In previous posts, we covered how to limit Pull DP bandwidth and How to manage Pull DP with collections to ease management in large environment. Probably the biggest challenge with large environment,  is to keep SCCM up to date. In this post, we will provide in depth details, considerations and useful tips on Pull DP upgrade for large SCCM environment. The goal is to provide ways to prevent upgrades of SCCM to become a nightmare by taking more time than planned and/or heavy hit on the network. We will cover theses … Read More

How to manage your Distribution Points with Collections

Jonathan LefebvreSCCMLeave a Comment

Do you have a high number of distribution point in your SCCM environment? Managing large SCCM environment with many Distribution Point or Pull Distribution Point is not an easy task. We’ve done a great post on 8 ways to monitor your Distribution Point, it was most related to the console monitoring and reports. We also provided a report to manage content on your Distribution Point. Additionally, you can use collections to regroup Distribution Point based on specific information. The advantage of using collections is that an action that can be taken based on the membership. (compliance settings, applications, etc.) This post will explain … Read More

SCCM 2012 Distribution Point Installation

Benoit LecoursSCCM40 Comments

SCCM 2012 Distribution point Installation

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 a SCCM 2012 or SCCM 1511 distribution point installation. I saw a … Read More

Understanding the Reassign Distribution Point Process

Benoit LecoursSCCM, SQL4 Comments

Here’s a detailed post on the process of upgrad (RTM,SP1) / reassign distribution point from 2007 during your migration project. What really happens when you click on “Reassign Distribution Point” on ConfigMgr 2012 R2: ? How to track the progress ? The process is quite simple : 1. Removal of DP role in the 2007 site 2. Delete site system record in the 2007 site 3. Delete shared DP role in the 2012 site 4. Delete shared DP site system record in the 2012 site 5. Install a new site system in the 2012 site 6. Install a new DP role in … Read More

Content Conversion not showing your Packages when reassign DP

Benoit LecoursSCCM1 Comment

Symptoms : SCCM Administrators tries to Upgrade/Reassign a distribution point in a migration project. The Content Conversion tab is displaying There are no items to show in this view If you complete the wizard, the DP gets upgraded/reassign but the content is not (obviously). This happens because the package assigned to this DP are not migrated to the 2012 hierarchy. Solution : Create a migration job targeting your packages before reassigning the DP Bonus note : You can refer to the Hosted Migrated Package column in order to see how many packages are link to this DP. Benoit LecoursFounder of System … Read More

Add Distribution Point using Powershell

Benoit LecoursPowershell, SCCMLeave a Comment

Working in large environment with lots of DPs, I don’t like to add my distribution point manually.Since SCCM 2012 SP1 CU1, there’s a new Add-CMDistributionPoint CMDLET to do the dirty work. First you need to add your site system in SCCM using this CMDLET (replace with your server name and site code) New-CMSiteSystemServer -Servername “xxxx.yourdomain.com” -Sitecode PS1 Once run, you’ll see your new site system added to the SCCM console. After, you need to add the DP role using : (replace with your server name and site code) Add-CMDistributionPoint –SiteSystemServerName “yourmachine.yourdomain.com” –SiteCode PS1 –MinimumFreeSpaceMB 5000 –CertificateExpirationTimeUtc “Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:55:05 PM” … Read More

Distribution Point with Network Bandwidth Limitation

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This post will explain how SCCM handle Distribution Point Network bandwidth limitation. One of my clients wanted to limit bandwidth on their package distribution. Their reflex was to go in the DP properties and limit the available bandwith. This was the way to go but their interpretation of the rate limit was wrong. This is one misinterpreted (and not well documented) feature of SCCM. Here’s what you see: Most people think “Hey I’ve got a 100Mbps link so let’s put 50% to limit SCCM to 50Mbps”… Wrong ! This is not how it works. I’ve found 2 really good article about it … Read More