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Configuring Distribution Point Groups in Configuration Manager

Updated: February 1, 2012

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

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The information in this section also appears in Configuring Content Management in Configuration Manager.

Distribution point groups provide a logical grouping of distribution points and collections for content distribution. A Distribution point group is not limited to distribution points from a single site, and can contain one or more distribution points from any site in the hierarchy. When you distribute content to a distribution point group, all distribution points that are members of the distribution point group receive the content. When a new distribution point is added to a distribution point group, it receives all content that has been previously distributed to it. You can also associate collections to the distribution point group. When you distribute content, you can target a collection and the distribution points that are members of all distribution point groups with an association to the collection receive the content.

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After you distribute content to a collection, and then associate the collection to a new distribution point group, you must redistribute the content to the collection before the content will be distributed to the new distribution point group.

Use the following procedures to help you configure distribution point groups.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, click Distribution Point Groups.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create Group.

  4. Enter the name and description for the distribution point group.

  5. On the Collections tab, click Add, select the collections that you want to associate with the distribution point group, and then click OK.

  6. On the Members tab, click Add, select the distribution points that you want to add as members of the distribution point group, and then click OK.

  7. Click OK to create the distribution point group.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, click Distribution Point Groups, and then select the distribution point group in which you want to modify members.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties.

  4. On the Collections tab, click Add to select the collections that you want to associate with the distribution point group, and then click OK.

  5. On the Members tab, click Add to select the distribution points that you want to add as members of the distribution point group, and then click OK.

  6. Click OK to save changes to the distribution point group.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, click Distribution Points, and then select the distribution points in which you want to add to the new distribution point group.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Distribution Point group, expand Add Selected Items, and then click Add Selected Items to New Distribution Point Group.

  4. Enter the name and description for the distribution point group.

  5. On the Collections tab, click Add to select the collections that you want to associate with the distribution point group, and then click OK.

  6. On the Members tab, verify that the distribution points listed should be added as members of the distribution point group. Click Add to modify the distribution points that you want to add as members of the distribution point group, and then click OK.

  7. Click OK to create the distribution point group.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, click Distribution Points, and then select the distribution points in which you want to add to the new distribution point group.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Distribution Point group, expand Add Selected Items, and then click Add Selected Items to Existing Distribution Point Groups.

  4. In the Available distribution point groups, select the distribution point groups in which the selected distribution points will be added as members, and then click OK.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

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