Windows 7 as Distribution Point

Did you know you can turn a windows 7 workstation into a distribution point?

Below you will see I have a small lab setup:

  • Domain Controller (DC01)
  • CM12 Server (CM01)
  • Windows 7 x64 Enterprise Workstation (Win701)

Distribution Point Notes:

  • Individually, each primary site supports up to 250 distribution points and each distribution point can support up to 4,000 clients.
  • Individually, each secondary site supports up to 250 distribution points and each distribution point can support up to the same number of clients as supported by the hardware configuration of the secondary site server, up to no more than 4,000 clients.
  • Each primary site supports a combined total of up to 5,000 distribution points. This total includes all the distribution points at the primary site and all distribution points that belong to the primary site’s child secondary sites.
  • Each distribution point supports a combined total of up to 10,000 packages and applications.
  • Distribution point performance relies most on network I/O and disk I/O.

Distribution Point Requirements:

Features: Minimum Hardware:
  • Remote Differential Compression
  • IIS Configuration:
    • Application Development:
      • ISAPI Extensions
    • Security
      • Windows Authentication
    • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
      • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
      • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
  • 2 cores (Intel Xeon 5140 or comparable CPU)
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Disk space as required for the operating system and content you deploy to the distribution point.


Below are the computer properties of that workstation we will be turning into a distribution point:

Here is the screenshot of the c drive & computer before turning this workstation into a distribution point:



As you can see there’s only 1 disk drive, and there is only 5 folders in the root of the c drive.

Now lets prepare this machine to be a distribution point:

In this step we need to go to the computer management console and add the cm site server “computer name” to the local administrators group.

5 6

Ok so that’s the workstation part. As you can see its just like any other workstation you have in your office.

Now its time to hit the server side.

So now log into your CM12 Site Server.

You need to get to this area in the administration section, right click and Click “Create Site System Server”


You will need to go through a setup wizard. Just follow the screenshots below:

This identifies the workstation to be a distribution point


For this example i am NOT using a proxy server so there’s no need to inter information here, but if you are using a proxy server you would need to put that information here


Here as you can see were selecting the role the server will consume


As you can see a distribution point relies on IIS being on the distribution point. So here you will configure if you want the PSS (Primary Site Server) to install & configure IIS on the targeted workstation. (For this example here the Windows 7 Workstation)


In this step you will configure the storage limits and direction for the targeted workstation


This step will configure this targeted device to allow other distribution points to pull packages from this distribution points


This step will configure the distribution point to be a PXE Service Point. A PXE service point will answer PXE request coming from workstations. If you need this to be configured then this is where you do it


This step will configure the distribution point to deploy its contents using multicast


You can have the content on the distribution point validated on a schedule


This step will configure the boundaries the distribution point will serve. So make sure you pick the correct boundary group


Ok so once you finish out the wizard look in the administration section & click on distribution points. You should see the details of the distribution point. You should see the hard disk drives and there sized as shown in the screenshot below:


If you look at the monitoring section and go to distribution point configurations you will see some errors. In this lab it looked like this RIGHT after making that system a distribution point through the steps above.


After about 5 min the all were green as below:


Once there all green this confirms that IIS was configured, installed, and functioning on the distribution point.

You con confirm by viewing the log file on the Site Server (distmgr.log) This will confirm the setup of the distribution point and the package ID’s that went to the distribution point.

You can see once the workstation is configured as distribution point, you get some extra files. keep in mind I only used 1 drive here on this lab. so if you used another drive look at the root of the drive you will find some folders created by CM12



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2 Responses to Windows 7 as Distribution Point

  1. JessCCM says:

    Good article. You may want to note, though, that a Windows 7 Distribution Point can only support 20 concurrent connections. This would come into play at any remote site that has more than 20 client machines and no failover.

  2. matttwv says:

    Reblogged this on What have I learnt today? and commented:
    WIndows 7 as a Distribution Point with Configuration Manager 2012

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