SCCM Distribution Points on Windows Server Core

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I recently scoured the Internet for information and success/trials of using Windows Server 2008 R2 Core as an SCCM distribution point.  Much to my surprise, I found very little information and had to piece together and test it out for myself.  According to the Prerequisites for Installing Configuration Manager, a BITS-enabled DP needs IIS, BITS, WebDAV, and RDC.  Unfortunately only IIS can be installed on Server Core, and not the others.

At first glance, this seems to indicate that you wouldn’t be able to use Server Core as a DP.  However, when you look closer, the prerequisites listed are only for BITS-enabled DPs.  So none of IIS, BITS, WebDAV, and RDC are necessary.  Granted you could miss out on the advantages that BITS provides, but it is still possible to use Core as a DP.  Another possible route is to use the Server Share (setup/config similar to doing a new Server), but the disadvantage is not being able to have site status messages reported to the parent site.

Phew!  It seems so simple, yet so easy to get confused.  So when setting up an SCCM distribution point on a Windows Server Core OS, just be sure to not enable option “Allow client to transfer content using…BITS…”

Limit DCM and Programs to Win7 RTM

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Microsoft began supporting Windows 7 in SCCM with SP2, so there has been the option to limit execution of DCM or package/program on a computer running Win7.  SCCM has the ability to limit execution based upon an OS + Architecture + SP level.  For example, you could limit execution to just Vista x86 RTM by selecting the following option.

Now that SP1 for Win7 has been released (to MSDN/TechNet/MVLS), you may find yourself in a position of needing to prevent a DCM or package from running on computers with SP1.   Unlike with other operating systems, SCCM SP2 doesn’t have an option to limit execution to “x86 Windows 7 original release”. 

To work around this, I found (for both DCM and package/programs) that selecting option “x86 Windows 7” will detect Win7 SP1 as not being applicable….and it works in my brief tests!