ConfigMgr 101: Configuring and Utilising Branch Distribution Points

It’s easy to get into a mess with Branch Distribution Points (BDP’s) and often I hear that things are not happening they way they anticipated – which is not surprising given that it can often be difficult for the newcomer to get their head around protected site systems and the way that Distribution Point selection works and how we must control the client behaviour in the advertisement properties.

There is an excellent Technet Library article which covers exactly how clients within branch sites with a branch DP are (and should be) influenced by the protection of site systems to ensure that when possible they always use their local Branch DP.  This is an essential read.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632366.aspx

In a nutshell, a BDP, like any client system must be located within the boundaries of a regular DP at the site in order to pull content from it.  The BDP itself MUST be protected and configured to service only the boundaries where your clients reside.  You then need to review ALL of your advertisements to control whether or not client systems can ‘fall back’ to the regular DP (probably the very same one that services the BDP) if the package is not available on the BDP.

Note: If the BDP is OFFLINE and clients cannot obtain packages that were on it, then the ‘fall back’ behaviour does not occur here.  The ‘fall back’ behaviour applies ONLY for packages that have not been added to the BDP.

Andy

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