A closer look at Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Points, PXE Services and Boot Image management

imageMicrosoft’s very own John Vintzel recently posted a couple of fantastic articles discussing Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Points, PXE Services and Boot Image management so if you missed these you’ll definitely want to stop by and give them a read.

The first is titled Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Points and PXE Services:

In Configuration Manager 2012, unify infrastructure and simplify administration are two of the three key pillars of the release (the third is user empowerment). In keeping with those pillars, we have updated both the distribution point and PXE service point to make it easier to use and deploy. To explain this, let’s start by going over the Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Point.

In Configuration Manager 2007, there were three basic types of distribution points Standard, Server Share and Branch Distribution Points. Each role had benefits, but there was not always one type that met all the administrator requirements. Starting with Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2, we have updated the distribution point role to become one standard distribution point. Let's go over some of the details of the 2012 distribution point….

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The second post is titled Configuration Manager 2012 PXE Setup and Boot Image Management:

In a previous post, I talked a little about the changes to the distribution point and integration of PXE services. In this post I want to go into some more details and the setup and management of PXE service starting in Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2.

Initial Setup of PXE services: As I mentioned in my last post, PXE is no longer a site role. So enabling PXE is no longer completed through the Create Roles wizard and selecting PXE Service Point. The setup of the PXE service point can be done in two ways. First way is during the setup of a distribution point, the option to setup PXE is now present. The setup has the same options as Configuration Manager 2007 and is still requires Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to be installed. The second is from the properties page of the distribution point….

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J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer

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