none
'Share the distribution folder' question

    Question

  • I don't understand the purpose of the 'Share the distribution folder' option when creating a package.  I was trying to use that to share the data to a non-distribution point server (non-bdp as well) to save myself from having to create another distribution point at a small site.  When creating a share on the server, the test client is still pulling the package from a distribution point.  I can understand why this is happening if what I am looking to do is not possible.  Now if that's not possible, what reason would someone ever have to use it and not just do a standard distribution to the DP(s)?
    Friday, November 18, 2011 9:57 PM

Answers

  • Access distribution folder through common ConfigMgr package share

    Specifies that users access the package through the common package shared folder (SMSPKGx$, where x is the drive letter) on distribution points. By default, this option is selected.

    Share distribution folder
    Specifies that users access the package through a custom package shared folder and path. The folder should be created and shared prior to selecting this option.

    • Share name: Specifies a unique shared folder name and path to be created for the package source files on distribution points. The value can either be a shared folder, which must be unique among all packages, or a shared folder and path, where the path must be unique among all packages. See the following table for examples.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb633102.aspx

    AMIM MUHAMMAD KHAN | CTTCNET USER GROUP LEAD | EVENT SPEAKER, MCT, MCTS, MCITP-ENTERPRISE, MCSA http://amimkhan.wordpress.com
    Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:11 PM

All replies

  • I have never used this option and tell folks to ignore it. I'm not exactly sure what its intended use is either or the scenario(s) for which it was created.
    Jason | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/members/jasonsandys/ | Twitter @JasonSandys
    Friday, November 18, 2011 11:17 PM
  • Access distribution folder through common ConfigMgr package share

    Specifies that users access the package through the common package shared folder (SMSPKGx$, where x is the drive letter) on distribution points. By default, this option is selected.

    Share distribution folder
    Specifies that users access the package through a custom package shared folder and path. The folder should be created and shared prior to selecting this option.

    • Share name: Specifies a unique shared folder name and path to be created for the package source files on distribution points. The value can either be a shared folder, which must be unique among all packages, or a shared folder and path, where the path must be unique among all packages. See the following table for examples.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb633102.aspx

    AMIM MUHAMMAD KHAN | CTTCNET USER GROUP LEAD | EVENT SPEAKER, MCT, MCTS, MCITP-ENTERPRISE, MCSA http://amimkhan.wordpress.com
    Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:11 PM
  • I'm guessing that this option might be handy if you were deploying Office from an administrative install point, which is typically done through a permanent network share; a config manager share will only be readable by the config manager account, not necessarily by all users, whereas the admin share for office will be set with specific permissions for groups of users most likely. Just a guess

    Terry

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:03 PM