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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

By : Marius Sandbu
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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

By: Marius Sandbu

Overview of this book

Microsoft Configuration Manager is both extensive and complex, and for many, it is the primary tool for Enterprise management. With each new release, Configuration Manager continually proves itself to be the ultimate solution for managing both clients and mobile devices.This book covers in detailed and easy-to-understand steps how to set up highly available Configuration Manager roles and backend services such as SQL, DNS, and AD. You will learn how to plan for high availability, what kind of roles there are, and how they scale.The book starts by examining what needs to be taken into account when planning for high availability before moving on to focus on the different roles and how they can be set up. The book will also go through different scenarios as well as various backup and recovery procedures. You will learn how to identify bottlenecks within the different components and create sample design scenarios for high availability on Configuration Manager. The book will also look at the different high availability options and how to deploy them.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Distribution point

Distribution points plays the vital role of delivering content to the clients.

Whenever a client needs to download a new operating system or just the bits of an application or a package, it needs to contact a distribution point on the site. It is important to note how a client locates its distribution point, this is done by creating boundaries.

In Configuration Manager 2012, we have to define a boundary or multiple boundaries and place them within a boundary group. Within these groups we define which content servers should be available for clients within the boundaries. Boundaries are used to make the client select the closest server from which the content is to be transferred.


Content servers are either distribution points or state migration servers.

Under the properties of the Boundary Group -My Site Properties page we can define which content servers are available for clients. Also, we can define it for a site assignment as shown in the following screenshot: