In part 2, we installed and configured SQL in order to install SCCM 2012 R2.
In part 3, we installed a stand-alone SCCM 2012 R2 Primary site.
In the next 16 parts, we will describe how to install the numerous Site Systems roles available in SCCM 2012 R2. Role installation order is not important, you can install roles independently of others.
This part will describe how to install a SCCM 2012 R2 Management Point (MP).
Every SCCM hierarchy must have a Management Point to enable client communication. The Management Point is the primary point of contact between Configuration Manager clients and the site server. Management Points can provide clients with installation prerequisites, configuration details, advertisements and software distribution package source file locations. Additionally, Management Points receive inventory data, software metering information and state messages from clients.
Multiple Management Points are used for load-balancing traffic and for clients to continue receiving their policy after Management Point failure. Read about SCCM High-Availability options in this Technet article.
Prior to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1, it was not possible to assign client directly to a specific Management Point. It’s now possible using the new Preferred Management Point feature. If you don’t have SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 yet, be advise that adding a new Management Point in a remote office won’t automatically make your clients communicate to this particular MP. Read about how clients choose their Management Point in this Technet article.
Site System Role Placement in Hierarchy
The Management Point is a site-wide option. It’s supported to install this role on a stand-alone Primary site, child Primary site or Seconday site. It’s not supported to install a Management Point on a Central Administration site.
Each primary site can support up to 10 Management Points.
By default, when you install a Secondary site, a Management Point is installed on the Secondary site server. Secondary sites do not support more than one Management Point and this Management Point cannot support mobile devices that are enrolled by Configuration Manager.