SCCM 2012 - Remote Distribution Points, recommendations?

Posted on 2012-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-09-14
Hi guys,

Looking for some recommendations.

In SCCM 2012, there are no more Branch Distribution Points and Windows 7 clients can become standard distribution points.

There is also the option of branchcache and 'Allow clients to share the content'.

For a site with approx 500 remote locations with approx. 5-10 computers in each site what do you recommend for the DP configuration?  Obviously standard DP would give more control for initial transfers, but is it worth it vs adminstration overhead?

Does 'Allow clients to share the content' specifically relate to branchcache?  If so, is there anything special in the configuration?  Is it just configure branchcache for targeted computers via group policy then tick the 'Allow clients to share the content'?

Looking for thoughts, comments, proven best practices :)

Question by:jamie77777
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    by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
    I have not seen any installation with 500 sites. I am also very interested what would be the best action in this case.

    BTW what are you using currently?

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    Currently not deploying too much, so just SCCM 2007 with carefully placed sites, BDP's and DP's.  Using BITS throttling to control transfers.
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    The problem with dedicated clients as Disitrbution Point is, that there must be enough disk space and also they should alsmost run the whole time. I think for a branch office with 5-10 Computers the best option is distributed branch cache. The Clients which first downloads the package caches it.

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    Yep, that makes perfect sense.  Do you have any guides for setting up Branchcache?  My understanding is that it is configured via group policy for selected clients, then select 'Allow clients to share the content'?  Does branchcache group policy only need to be configured on the clients sharing the content, or all clients in the site?
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    Very cool, getting much closer to solving this.  So I guess the last question.... Do all machines have to have the 'branchcache' group policy applied, or just the 'branchcache serving' clients? I would assume all but worth the question :)

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