Help with a secondary site

Posted on 2011-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I have a primary SCCM server that serves my site; everything with it works great.

I have been tasked with imaging a number of PCs on seperate sites, all of which have only a 10MB uplink. With this in mind I have setup a secondary server that will sit on the site and feed all of the images/drivers over the LAN.

I have setup the server and can see it listed under site management. The site status is all green ticks and I can distribute packages (drivers, OS images, PXE boot images) to it and can confirm they appear on the secondary server.

My problem arises when I test the configuration. I just can't seem to make a client on the remote site pull all of its data from the local server. I have setup the appropriate boundary for the IP range the remote site sits in and have tried to protect the boundary (I believe this may be where the problem sits, but am unable to get to the bottom of it).

Currently when I try to image a machine on the remote site, it PXE boots via the primary server and displays all the task seqences. When I choose the appropriate task sequence, it gives me an error saying "Failed to run task sequence" because the program files for SRF00001 (my PXE boot image) cannot be located on a distribution point. This happened after I tried to protect the secondary server, before I did this the task sequence worked, but it pulled everything from the primary server, which is unacceptable.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:IM&T SRFT

    Author Comment

    by:IM&T SRFT
    Another question relating to this; on the remote site, should the IP helper address for PXE booting point to the primary or secondary server?
    LVL 10

    Expert Comment

    You must assign the PXE service point site role to a server. On the primary site open up the Central site Console and notice the “PXE Service Point” option. This option will temporarily disable this PXE server so it can be enabled on the secondary server.

    Author Comment

    by:IM&T SRFT
    Do you mean assigning the secondary server as a PXE service point? If so, I have done this already.
    LVL 10

    Expert Comment

    Is Windows Deployment Services installed and running on the secondary site?
    LVL 1

    Accepted Solution

    Grab the SMSTS.log from the machine being imaged.
    It sounds like a boundary issue. Keep in mind that when you pxe boot, the machine has no idea what AD Site it is in, so you must have subnet boundaries set in SCCM for those sites. From your post I'm unsure if you set subnet boundaries in AD or in SCCM.
    This link is a good general overview of troubleshooting these issues

    Featured Post

    Too many email signature updates to deal with?

    Are you constantly visiting users’ desks making changes to email signatures? Feel like it’s taking up all of your time? Wish you could manage all signatures from one central location, easily design them and deploy them quickly to users? Well, there is an easy way!

    Join & Write a Comment

    The question has been asked on multiple occasions as to how best to do printing in a remote desktop or terminal services environment.   It seems that this particular question has plagued several people and most especially as Terminal Services, as…
    Welcome to my series of short tips on migrations. Whilst based on Microsoft migrations the same principles can be applied to any type of migration. My first tip Migration Tip #1 – Source Server Health can be found here: http://www.experts-exchang…
    To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…
    In this seventh video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFfonts utility, which lists all the fonts used in a PDF file. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any pl…

    734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    22 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now