June 19 2012

SCCM 2012 – Access content directly from distribution point

Back in SCCM 2007, it was simple enough – you could either run your program directly from the distribution point or get the client to download the content and then run it locally. Due to the way the SCCM 2012 Content Library works (see this post for a great explanation http://blogs.technet.com/b/hhoy/archive/2012/05/31/an-adventure-in-the-sccmcontentlib-single-instance-store.aspx), by deault when you deploy (aka advertise) a task sequence you will find that the ‘Access content directly from a distribution point when needed by the running task sequence’ option isn’t available. In some scenarios you will want to use this option, so here is how to get it.

For each package referenced in your task sequence (including SCCM client, images, driver packages), you need to select the following option on the Data Access tab:


At this point you will start to see package shares (eg smspkgc$) start to appear on the distribution points, just like they would in SMS & SCCM ‘07. Once all of the packages have had the above option enabled, open up your task sequence deployment (aka advertisement) and on the Distribution Point tab you will now see an additional option in your drop down box:


Of course you should have a think about and understand the effect this is going to have, for example this may used up to double the amount of storage space for each package on your DP as the files will be stored in the Content Library as well as the Package Share location.

More Microsoft documentation on SCCM 2012 Task Sequences here – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712685.aspx

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