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Flow of Content Distribution to Distribution Point


Hi Guys,

In this Post, i just explained the process flow of distributing content to DPs in few scenarios and which explains what are all the components and log files are involved during this process and this will help you to narrow down the issue.

Flow for Local DP at the Primary Site:

 

Local DP

 

  • Assume you are creating a SCCM Package (Not distributing to DP) in Primary Site
  • SMS Provider(SMSProv.log) – Writes the Package information into Primary Site Database
  • SMS_DATABASE_NOTIFICATION_MONITOR(smsdbmon.log) – Watches the database for changes to certain tables and creates files(PRI0010.PKN) in the inboxes of SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER component (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\distmgr.box)
  • SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER (distmgr.log) – it will take snapshot of the package content to “SCCMContentLib” folder. If you target to the DP installed in this site server, the content will not copy over again to “SCCMContentLib” folder.

 

Flow for Remote DP at same site:

Remote DP

  • Create a SCCM Package in Primary Site and distributing to Remote DP at Same Site.
  • SMS Provider(SMSProv.log) – Writes the Package information into Primary Site Database
  • SMS_DATABASE_NOTIFICATION_MONITOR(smsdbmon.log) – Watches the database for changes to certain tables and creates files(PRI0010.PKN) in the inboxes of SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER component(C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\distmgr.box)
  • SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER component(distmgr.log) will be triggered and report back to SMS_PACKAGE_TRANSFER_MANAGER on the Site Server.
  • SMS_PACKAGE_TRANSFER_MANAGER (INBOX: PkgTransferMgr.box; OUTBOXES: PkgTransferMgr.box\outboxes, PkgXferMgr.log) – Transfers package to Remote DP and It uses SMB Protocol.

 

Process Flow for Local DP on Other site:

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  • Create a SCCM package in CAS site and Distribute to Local DP in Primary site.
  • SMS Provider(SMSProv.log) – Writes the Package information into CAS Site Database
  • SMS_DATABASE_NOTIFICATION_MONITOR (smsdbmon.log) – Watches the database for changes to certain tables and creates files (CAS0010.PKN) in the inboxes of SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER component (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\distmgr.box) on CAS
  • SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER (distmgr.log) component will be triggered on CAS Site. SMS_SCHEDULER (INBOX: Schedule.box, sched.log)  and SMS_LAN_SENDER (INBOX: schedule.box\outboxes\LAN, sender.log) on CAS Site will be involved during Site to Site Content Distribution
  • SMS_DESPOOLER (INBOX: despoolr.box, despool.log) on Primary Site will receive the content and checks SQL for metadata related to the package. It unpacks the PCK file and stores the content in the Content Library
  • Upon completion distribution manager notifies the parent site of completion

Info:

  • SMB Protocol will be used for intersite communication
  • Package information or instruction file should be present in the Primary DB(CAS DB -> Primary DB) before copying content of the package on Primary site DP. In case of error, you can find in the Despool.log & distmgr.log in the Primary site.
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9 Comments on Flow of Content Distribution to Distribution Point

  1. In ‘Process Flow for Local DP on Other site’ : Figure shows CAS to primary site.

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  2. Excellent article

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  3. dnt know why no body left a comment but its a grt explanation for beiginners like me…

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  4. Its not Clear

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  5. pankaj Kumar // May 13, 2017 at 12:20 am // Reply

    really helpful….thanks for posting.

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