How does a client select a Management Point? RRS feed

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  • My customer has a single ConfigMgr2012 SP1 primary site in their datacenter and 3 Management Points: one at each of their 3 main offices.  They also have four secondary sites with proxy MPs.  They started asking me about how clients select MPs and I could not answer their questions.  I know that boundary groups only allow you to specify site systems for content (DPs and SMPs) but I'd like to know how an MP is selected by a client. 

    According to this site, clients automatically select a MP based on network location and capability (HTTP or HTTPS).  Can anyone expand on the network location aspect?  Here are two scenarios I'd like to understand:

    • Is there any way to limit a California client to use the MP at our California site or are they just as likely to use our Texas MP?
    • If a client at a secondary site logs in, does it automatically use the secondary site's proxy MP?  (Is this based on subnet?)  Or will it use any MP in the site?

    Any insight or links would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

    Monday, April 15, 2013 8:56 PM


  • To directly answer the questions:

    1. No, not in a supported fashion; that is not the purpose of multiple MPs in a single primary site. 

    2. Based on content location boundaries, yes: http://blog.configmgrftw.com/?p=453. Note also that MPs at secondary sites are no longer called proxy MPs because they don't really proxy policy anymore but instead use a local DB that replicates policy information from the primary.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    • Marked as answer by Filthy_Pierre Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:01 PM
    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:38 AM

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