ConfigMgr Pull DP Details Log Files | SCCM. Pull DP (Distribution Point) is one of the new features available with the ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 RTM release.
What is Pull Distribution Point? Enable the pull DP option on a DP to change the behavior of how that computer obtains the content that you distribute to the DP.
When we configure a DP to be a pull DP, we must specify one or more source DPs from which the pull DP obtains the content.
ConfigMgr Pull DP Details Log Files | SCCM
Pull DP configuration would be very helpful in the following scenario. When you have a primary server across the WAN (for example in the US) and 3 DPs in India. Out of 3 DPs, one DP is configured as pull DP and specified other 2 DPs in the pull DP to act as “source for content”.
When you deploy a package to ‘pull DP’ and the content is already replicated to any of the other DPs in India then the content won’t get downloaded across the WAN. One of the DP which has the content act as “SOURCE for content” for pull DP.
Following are topics covered in this post. ConfigMgr Pull DP Details Log Files | SCCM.
1. How to Install/Configure Pull DP?
2. How to Verify the Pull DP is installed successfully?
3. How to confirm whether the Package or application is replicated to PULL DP?
4. More details about Pull DP
How to Install Pull DP?
In CM 2012 console, Navigate to “Servers and Site System Roles” –> Under Site System Roles right click on Distribution Point and go to properties –> Click on “Pull Distribution Point” tab and select the option “Enable pulling content from other Distribution points” and you’re done!
(Note : ACNCMPRI is my Primary server. Pull DP = ACNCMCDP02)
How to Verify the Pull DP is installed successfully?
Go through log files in the following sequence.
hman.log @ Primary Sever ACNCMPRI
DistMgr.log @ Primary Sever ACNCMPRI
PullDp_Install.log @ Remote PULL DP Site System ACNCMCDP02.ConfigMgr.Com
Location of the pulldp_install.log file C:\SMS_DP$\sms\bin\pulldp_install.log
How to confirm whether the Package or application is replicated to PULL DP
Distmgr.log @ Primary Site ACNCMPRI
PkgXferMgr.log SMS_PACKAGE_TRANSFER_MANAGER @ Primary Site – ACNCMPRI
smsdpprov.log Remote Site Server PULL DP – ACNCMCDP02
Location of the log file – SMS_DP$\sms\logs
PullDp.log Remote Site Server PULL DP – ACNCMCDP02
Location of the log files – SMS_CCM\Logs
CPullDPPkgJob::LoadJobFromXML() successfully loaded job.
Successfully verified content info Hash C:\SMS_DP$\CAS000C4.tz :63D5CE8E5C794D09183FFEB341083CCBA05B69F554B3D1ACA5173B73B6C7A1E7
CPullDPService::ExecuteJobs(). 1 jobs to do.
Unpack FileInfo (C:\SMS_DP$\CAS000C4\Content_ff6ce16f-d89a-490f-afc8-21c4cf1e50b3.1.tar)
Created FullDownload DTS job for package CAS000C4, version 1
Content job Content_ff6ce16f-d89a-490f-afc8-21c4cf1e50b3.1 has downloaded successfully for package CAS000C4, version 1
Package job has completed successfully for package CAS000C4, version 1
More Details about Pull DP here.
In the console, there is nothing that identified the distribution point as a pull-distribution point. You must review the properties of the distribution point to identify if it is configured as a pull-distribution point.
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14 thoughts on “ConfigMgr Pull DP Details Log Files | SCCM”
I have one Standalone server with SCCM 2012 SP1. But i am not able to find any tab in as pull DP in my distribution point role.
Do you have more than one DP in the hierarchy ?
nope.. its a single server in my test VM..
You can only configure your remote DP as pull dp if you’ve more than one Remote DPs available in the hierarchy.
Thanks for your reply..
Our infrastructure have recently been updated to be on SCCM 2012 R2. we have more than 10 remote dp in our environment. Weird thing is I cannot see any Pull distribution tab like you explained in your article. Do I need to enable anything from the Central Server or something need to be installed or enabled from the DP server itself?
No need to configure anything extra at CAS server.
Qazi ! – Are you seeing this issue ? https://www.anoopcnair.com/2013/11/27/redownload-updated-sccm-2012-r2-setup-prerequisite-files-fix-issue/
Hi Anoop, We have a scenario where we want to introduce additional primary servers in another connected DC and configure all the existing dp’s to take updates from the new primary servers. Wondering what needs to be done here ?
Hi ! – Does that mean primary server is in another forest and both the forests don’t have two way trust? By default, a pull-distribution point uses its computer account to transfer content form a source distribution point. However, when the pull-distribution point transfers content from a source distribution point that is in a remote forest, the pull-distribution point always uses the Network Access Account.
Hi Anoop – Definitely enjoy your novelty of SCCM write ups, keep up the good work!
My question is working with VSAT connections. Not sure how much you’ve worked with customers around this but I will ask anyways, opinion if you will. We are using 1 Primary with 37 DPs mixed Windows 7 boxes and Server 08 R2 for PXE purposes. MP and SUP roles are on the same server if that is necessary to know.
Here we are in Oil & Gas and rather difficult getting content distribution over low bandwidth – high latency connections (500-600+ms some up to 1200+ms) to our Rig platforms over VSAT especially Windows Updates. To overcome this minor issue, since my connection from Primary pushing content to Remote offices is just fine, could I take each of the Rig DPs onboard and turn those into Pull DPs selecting the Remote Office DP as the Source in the nearest Region oppose to the Primary which is where the Rig DPs get it from now. BITs Throttling, since my SCCM DPs have Clients, can’t I use Client Settings targeting the Collection of Pull DPs since the Rate Limit tab goes away, if I understand correctly?
I.E. Primary server is in the US, DP in the South East Asia Office and wanted the Content distribution for the Rigs offshore to get it from the Office DP and not from the Primary…
Thoughts that this might help? Hopefully I am thinking this Pull Distribution process correctly, if not suggest any other way to help this scenario? BranchCache maybe, but then again content has to go over VSAT at least once at the same package size and rate so I am not sure where that would help greatly.
Hi Eric ! – I Never worked with VSAT however from SCCM perspective it’s same, isn’t it ? It just increases the hop to reach the client machines. The technologies (pull DP, BranchCache) which you mentioned are good ….however I think, they are not very robust and missing the touch of enterprise class at the moment. Have you tried third part content providers like Adaptiva OneSite or 1E in this scenario? I would suggest to go for third party content providers …
Thanks for the prompt feedback. Unfortunately, 3rd party is out of the question at this time due to budget constraints. I will do testing on a DP configured for Pull DP and report anything worthy.
hii, PDP info is not getting updated in Database.. I check manually packages are present in PDP Server.. just complete location is not present in DB