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SCCM 2012 Distribution Point without IIS RRS feed

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  • Hello. My environment is SCCM 2012 SP1. I need to set up distribution points on several Windows Server 2003 machines. These machines have certain security requirements. One of which is no IIS. In SCCM 2007, I was able to create DPs without installing IIS. This prevented the use of BITS extensions but was acceptable. I cannot seemed to do the same with SCCM 2012.

    As a test, I performed three steps to test a DP without IIS on a Windows Server 2003 machine 1) Made the primary server a local administrator on the Windows Server 2003 machine, 2) Installed RDC using the msrdcoob_x86.exe file, 3) in the admin console, I created a new site system server with the distribution point role. I did not check allow it to install IIS to install/configure during the setup. The distribution point reports a successful installation status but I get three errors when I try to distribute a package. The first error message is Failed to create virtual directory on the defined share or volume of the distribution point. The second error is Distribution Manager failed to connect the the distribution point. The third error is Distribution Manager failed to process package "Package Name". I know that installing IIS with BITS extensions and WebDav support would fix this problem. However, I would like to use the DP without IIS like I did in SCCM 2007.

    Looking at the supported configurations, I see the below. This leads me to below that it is possible. Does anyone know if this is possible? If so, what I am missing in my steps.

    With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, the distribution point site system role does not require Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). When BITS is configured on the distribution point computer, BITS on the distribution point computer is not used to facilitate the download of content by clients that use BITS

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:04 PM

Answers

  • BITS is a client side technology and has nothing to do with the server side of a DP or IIS and thus is irrelevant.

    WebDAV was built into the relevant components of ConfigMgr obviating the need for the Windows Server WebDAV component so that's not needed for 2012 at all and thus N/A.

    Ultimately, no, this is not possible. IIS is required on a DP in ConfigMgr 2012. This is clearly listed at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx#BKMK_SiteSystemRolePrereqs.


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    • Proposed as answer by Jörgen NilssonMVP Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:04 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lorrec Friday, January 24, 2014 10:24 PM
    Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:53 PM

All replies

  • BITS is a client side technology and has nothing to do with the server side of a DP or IIS and thus is irrelevant.

    WebDAV was built into the relevant components of ConfigMgr obviating the need for the Windows Server WebDAV component so that's not needed for 2012 at all and thus N/A.

    Ultimately, no, this is not possible. IIS is required on a DP in ConfigMgr 2012. This is clearly listed at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx#BKMK_SiteSystemRolePrereqs.


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    • Proposed as answer by Jörgen NilssonMVP Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:04 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lorrec Friday, January 24, 2014 10:24 PM
    Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:53 PM
  • Thanks for the feedback.
    Friday, January 24, 2014 10:24 PM