Here's another new piece of documentation that's pretty cool. There aren't any pretty flowcharts in this one, just old fashioned text based information:
Choose Between a Standard and Branch Distribution Point
Topic last updated—November 2007
Although they are not limited to installation in branch offices, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 branch distribution points are specifically designed to support branch offices, which typically have fewer clients and use a slow network connection.
Configure a distribution point as a branch distribution point if any of the following conditions apply:
- You have a remote location connected to the main Configuration Manager 2007 site location by a slow connection and want to optimize software distribution to clients in that location without creating a primary or secondary site for that location.
- You do not have a computer running Windows Server 2003 that can function as a distribution point in a branch location, but you want to allow clients in that office to access content from a local distribution point.
- You want to use a client operating system to provide the distribution point function and do not need more than 10 concurrent connections
- You want the package to be copied to the distribution point only when a client actually requests to install the package. For more information, see About On-Demand Package Distribution.
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