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Advice on 2012 SP1 Remote DP

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  • Hi,

     

    We have a small office in Stockholm and remote offices in Singapore and London. We have maybe 300 users and max 500 workstations. There are Riverbed appliances to optimize WAN speed to both locations. Now we are in the process of setting up SCCM environments in S and L so we can PXE boot machines and deploy software quicker etc. I'm thinking about setting up remote DPs in both S and L, that seems like the best solution. Do you guys have any better suggestions?

     

    What should I do about boundaries and boundary/dp groups?

     

    Is there anything I should think about before going ahead with this? I will be travelling to S in a few weeks time and have about a week to get this and some other stuff done.

     

    Thanks.

    Monday, September 16, 2013 2:09 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    A remote DP should Work just fine, create a boundary and a Boundary Group for both locations and use the local DP for Content Location and make sure that the clients in these sites aren't members of any other boundary in the central location.

    regards,
    Jörgen


    -- My System Center blog ccmexec.com -- Twitter @ccmexec

    Monday, September 16, 2013 2:36 PM
  • You can create prestage content files (pkgx) in the headquarter and ship them to Singapore on a USB drive etc. Those files can the be "imported" on the DP using extractcontent.exe.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    • Marked as answer by Iroqouiz Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:55 AM
    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:33 AM
  • You must install the DP role from the Administrator Console itself.  The site will send the files needed across the WAN to the DP and configure it for the role.  You cannot pre-stage any roles onto USB drives to prevent WAN usage other than how Torsten describes.


    Thanks,

    Mark

    mark.mears@cireson.com

    Check out our System Center App Store: http://www.cireson.com/app-store

    • Marked as answer by Iroqouiz Monday, September 23, 2013 6:46 AM
    Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:03 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    A remote DP should Work just fine, create a boundary and a Boundary Group for both locations and use the local DP for Content Location and make sure that the clients in these sites aren't members of any other boundary in the central location.

    regards,
    Jörgen


    -- My System Center blog ccmexec.com -- Twitter @ccmexec

    Monday, September 16, 2013 2:36 PM
  • Hi,

    A remote DP should Work just fine, create a boundary and a Boundary Group for both locations and use the local DP for Content Location and make sure that the clients in these sites aren't members of any other boundary in the central location.

    regards,
    Jörgen


    -- My System Center blog ccmexec.com -- Twitter @ccmexec

    Thanks Jörgen!

    How would I best install the DP in Singapore? From all the guides I've read, I need to add a new site system server from the site server console and choose the DP role. Would that not take a very long time, sending the installation files via WAN (even though we have a Riverbed the speed is not that great).

    No way to bring the ISO and install instead (wouldn't think so but I can at least ask) :)

    Thank you.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:14 AM
  • You can create prestage content files (pkgx) in the headquarter and ship them to Singapore on a USB drive etc. Those files can the be "imported" on the DP using extractcontent.exe.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    • Marked as answer by Iroqouiz Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:55 AM
    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:33 AM
  • You can create prestage content files (pkgx) in the headquarter and ship them to Singapore on a USB drive etc. Those files can the be "imported" on the DP using extractcontent.exe.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    I meant just transferring the actual setup files for the DP role. The setup files will also have to be downloaded from Stockholm to Singapore just to install the site system server, correct?

    Also, good tip about prestaging the content. Will make sure I have all that prepared. Thanks.

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:07 AM
  • You must install the DP role from the Administrator Console itself.  The site will send the files needed across the WAN to the DP and configure it for the role.  You cannot pre-stage any roles onto USB drives to prevent WAN usage other than how Torsten describes.


    Thanks,

    Mark

    mark.mears@cireson.com

    Check out our System Center App Store: http://www.cireson.com/app-store

    • Marked as answer by Iroqouiz Monday, September 23, 2013 6:46 AM
    Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:03 PM