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SCCM Secondary site configuration

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Hi,

Our organization has a single domain. we have just setup an SCCM primary server and a secondary site server. My knowledge is limited with sccm so i turn to you guys for help.
Below are my questions:

1. Which is preferrable for secondary site, Branch DP or Standard DP?
2. Where do we need to setup the DP? is it under "Primary site > Site settings > Site Systems > secondary site server" or should it be under "Secondary Site > Site settings > Site Systems > secondary site server "? or what's the difference between the two locations?
3. Same question as with #2 but for proxy management point on secondary site.
4. how do we monitor if clients are using the secondary site as DP

Thanks! :)
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by:jhindson
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Since you have setup a secondary site, I would suggest using a standard DP. You can have both a branch and standard DP in your secondary site if needed. Branch DPs are designed for smaller sites,  without a server. If you have a server available in the secondary site, create a Server Share on that server to function as your standard DP.

You should be able to configure a Server Share for a distribution point from either the primary or secondary site within the SCCM console. I don't believe it will make a difference where you setup the Server Share/DP, from an SCCM standpoint, as long as it's a server share pointing to a valid location. For the proxy management point, add the server role from the Primary site settings by right-clicking on the secondary server and selecting New Roles.

You can monitor the site your clients are assigned to from the All System collection. If you have properly configured your subnets and SCCM site boundaries, using the SCCM client installation property of SMSSITECODE=AUTO should automatically assign your clients to the proper SCCM site.

I hope this helps.
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by:sproku
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Thanks Jhindson,

I have here follow up questions. hope you dont mind :)

I'd like to clarify what's the difference between adding the role under the parent site's site settings and the secondary site settings?

I think for a Primary - Secondary site structure, all installed clients are automatically assigned to the Primary site. Actually my question was if there's a way or logs to look at to verify if clients belonging to the secondary site boundary are actually using its DP?
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sproku, you are correct, clients are assigned to primary sites.

I don't believe it makes any difference where the role is assigned, parent site or secondary site.

This TechNet article explains the process of a client determining the appropriate distribution point to use. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632366.aspx

See this excerpt:
"The distribution points searched first will be the distribution points in the client's current site. The current site might be the client's assigned site, or a secondary site attached to its assigned site, or another site into which the client has roamed. If the content is not available in the client's current site, distribution points are searched in the client's assigned site. In this way, clients can access content only from distribution points from their current site, or their assigned site."

I can't find any documentation about how to verify the DP being used. I suggest looking at the LocationServices.log, CAS.log, Execmgr.log and ContentTransferManager.log.
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Thanks.. :)
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