KB: A PXE enabled Distribution Point that uses a self-signed certificate will generate many files in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one describes an issue where a PXE enabled Distribution Point will generate a large number of files under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18 for each PXE request that it services on the network. ===== Symptoms A PXE enabled Distribution Point will generate a number of files under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18 for each… Read more

KB: The status of a failed upgrade to a shared Distribution Point may be displayed incorrectly as "Failed to upgrade distribution point" in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published this morning. This one describes a potentially confusing status message you may see when upgrading a Distribution Point in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. ===== Symptoms You try to upgrade a shared Distribution Point to a Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Distribution Point. If the upgrade… Read more

Migration to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Microsoft’s own Eric Orman just posted a great article over on the Server and Cloud Platform blog.  In the article, Eric talks about upgrading to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and the Migration Distribution Point upgrade job: My favorite migration feature within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is Migration Distribution Point upgrade, which is the… Read more

The end to end flow of distributing a ConfigMgr 2007 package to a standard DP and a Branch DP in a single site environment

Hi folks, my name is Yuvaraj Tamil Mani and I’d like to take a minute and share some information about the flow of package distribution to a standard Distribution Point (DP) and a Branch Distribution Point (BDP). When a package is sent to a standard DP, the Distribution Manager component connects to the SMSPKGdriveletter$ of… Read more

New KB: Packages with .ASPX and .ASMX files cannot be distributed to Configuration Manager 2007 Branch Distribution Points

When pushing a software distribution package with .ASPX or .ASMX files to a Branch Distribution Point (BDP), the transfer fails. Transfers via SMB to the same BDPs work fine. You may also see BITS jobs failing with transient errors. Cause This occurs because .ASPX and .ASMX files are dynamic content and BITS will not download… Read more

Fix: The ConfigMgr 2007 database grows excessively large and DPs do not honor the "Number of retries" and "Delay before retrying (minutes)" retry settings

You may notice that an unusually large number of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 status messages are generated causing significant growth in database size.  Further investigation also shows a large number of these entries repeating over and over again in the distmgr.log: Compressed files for package xxx hasn’t arrived from site xxx Note: These messages… Read more

New KB: WDS Multicast settings in the Distribution Point properties do not seem to apply in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and R3

Symptoms When modifying Multicast settings in the properties of a Distribution Point, the values for "MultiCast address", "UDP port range", and "Transfer rate" can all be modified under the "Multicast" tab of the ConfigMgr distribution point Properties. After configuring the settings, the settings are modified and applied in the GUI of the "Multicast" tab of… Read more

Solution: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 prerequisites checker reports WebDAV settings are incorrect

Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007 setup on Windows Server 2008 may fail to proceed with the following error message: Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is required for the management point and distribution point site system roles. If you have selected to install a site role requiring WebDAV, and it is not enabled, this rule will… Read more

Solution: You may experience slow performance when using BITS and Kerberos Authentication on ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points

If you are using IIS 7 or IIS 6 with Kerberos Authentication, you may see an increase in network traffic and overall slow performance when pushing out large packages to your System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Distributions Points.   This can happen because the default behavior with this configuration is to authenticate every HTTP request, therefore… Read more

New Hotfix: The Distribution Manager does not honor the "Number of retries" and "Delay before retrying (minutes)" retry settings on SCCM 2007 SP1 site servers

Update 2/1/2011 – There is now a SP2 hotfix that addresses this here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978021 ===== Consider the following scenario: You install the distribution point role on a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) site server. You customize the retry settings on the Distribution Point tab for the distribution point. Or, you use… Read more