Join David M. Franklyn for an in-depth discussion in this video Content distribution, part of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Essential Training.
- [Narrator] Configuration Manager provides extensive content monitoring capabilities including those for content status, number of failures, pending distributions, and successful distributions. Methods that you can use to monitor content status on distribution include: viewing the content status. You can right-click the specific content and then click View Status to display status information that pertains to content distribution and validation. Using the Package Transfer Manager component. The Package Transfer Manager, which we can see in the site, Component Status, is the SMS underscore Package underscore Transfer underscore Manager, and provides status information that pertains to package transfers to distribution points.
And then we can view the Package Transfer Manager component log, which is PKG XFR for transfer, MGR dot log. You can find the PKG XFER MGR dot log file on the primary site server in the Installation Pass slash Logs folder. This log file provides extensive information related to content distribution to remote distribution points. You can also view the software deployment content reports.
Configuration Manager includes several reports that pertain to content management and distribution. You can find these reports when you expand the Reporting nodes in the Monitoring workspace. And I should say this requires the SQL Server reporting services to be installed, and they are in most cases, but also you might have to go through and configure the SQL Service's reporting point so that you can see this data. Cloud-based distribution points in Microsoft Azure can host a distribution point.
You configure cloud-based distribution points in the Cloud Services node in the Administration workspace. Additionally, you must configure a Client Settings policy to allow clients to use cloud-based distribution points. Finally, to help control the costs associated with a cloud-based distribution point, you can configure thresholds for the amount of storage that the distribution point uses and the amount of client traffic to the distribution point. You can use BranchCache in conjunction with Configuration Manager to reduce wide-area network utilization between the site server and the remote offices, which have Configuration Manager Client, but no local distribution point.
Configuration Manager Console integrates with BranchCache management, and BranchCache is a feature that we've talked about before that started in Windows Server 2008 R2 for the server side and Windows 7 for the client side. So in this demonstration, we'll look at the following. We'll first configure database replication, and then we'll configure sender properties, and then monitor replication. From there we're going to create a problem, troubleshoot it, and then resolve it.
- Planning and deploying a standalone primary site
- Ensuring domain and site server prerequisites
- Planning and expanding a standalone primary site
- Planning and deploying a multiple-site hierarchy
- Planning resource discovery and client deployment
- Managing content and replicating data in Configuration Manager
- Configuring Internet and cloud-based client management
- Advanced monitoring
- Upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch