Join David M. Franklyn for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Configuration Manager content?, part of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Configuration manager uses site to site communications to transfer the following types of data between sites. There are three data types included in this, including global, site and content. Let's take a look at them now. Global data usually consists of configuration settings that administrators create at the central administration site and at primary sites. Global data is replicated between the central administration site and all primary sites. A sub set of global data is replicated to secondary sites.
Global data is replicated to the central administration site and all primary sites in the hierarchy by using database replication. The types of global data that an administrator can create depends on the security roles assigned to that administrator. Global data will be available to the client as policies. Examples include such things as collection rules, software deployment definition, software update metadata, configuration items included in baselines and although policies can include global data, policies themselves are not considered global data, but discovery data, when we find things are.
Site systems and clients generate site data automatically in each site. Site data is generated at the originating primary site and is replicated to only the central administration site. Both configuration manager clients and site systems at each site can generate site data. An example of this could be a site server, can generate an alert if the replication between sites is not functioning properly. A client collects hardware and software inventory and sends it to the assigned site. A client sends status messages, and alert messages, related to a deployment to a primary site.
Configuration manager administrators create content at the central administration site or at primary sites. Content is transferred down the hierarchy to site servers and distribution points, according to the distribution settings that administrators configure. Content such as files that will be used for deployment is distributed by using file based replications to site servers and distribution points according to distribution settings that administrators configure. When planning for distributing content in a configuration manager hierarchy, you must follow your organization's content lifecycle whatever that is.
The content itself can contain a number of different things. Software package binaries, software updates, and even boot images as part of a deployment of operating systems that you may be doing.
- 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