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  • I have a question on amount of clients supported by SCCM 2012 Distribution points.

    We have the following design:

    1 Primary, 6 Secondary's located in our datacentre and 1500 Distribution points at remote
    locations with slow links. The device count is around 25,000.

    Each DP will service between 15 and 50 devices.

    From reading on TechNet it appears that although a secondary site can support up to
    250 DP's, and a Secondary site MP can support 5000 clients, we are still
    restricted to an accumulative client count of 4000 with regards to DPs on a
    secondary. This would mean we are right at the limit.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx#BKMK_SiteSysReqFunction

    Does anybody know if this is a hard limit? Or could anyone share any
    information/Experience of similar situations.

    I’m guessing the obviously solution would be to add an additional secondary to
    increase capacity however I don’t want to add extra hardware if not needed.




    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 8:14 AM

All replies

  • 250 DP count is a soft limit meaning that Microsoft has tested up to 250 DPs/site. With ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 you can use Pull DPs. You should be able to use more than 250 DPs/site with Pull DPs. However, Microsoft hasn't announced any numbers yet.

    Panu

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 1:09 PM
  • Have you considered BanchCache?  You can use the distributed cache mode so that clients can act as peer content servers on their local subnet or as it appears that you already have infrastructure at each location, if you are planning on maintaining the infrastructure you can use hosted cache mode.
    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 7:11 PM
  • Have you considered BanchCache?  You can use the distributed cache mode so that clients can act as peer content servers on their local subnet or as it appears that you already have infrastructure at each location, if you are planning on maintaining the infrastructure you can use hosted cache mode.
    SCCM supports hosted branchcache mode, but not distributed mode.
    Friday, June 14, 2013 9:15 PM
  • SCCM supports hosted branchcache mode, but not distributed mode.

    That is incorrect -- you have it backwards -- ConfigMgr supports distributed and not hosted. Hosted would provide little to no real benefit.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    Friday, June 14, 2013 10:57 PM
  • There is a great blog article about Pull DPs:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/06/06/introducing-the-pull-distribution-points.aspx

    It hints that you could be able to use more Pull DPs as standard DPs, but unfortunately it doesn't give any numbers.

    Panu

    Saturday, June 15, 2013 8:55 AM