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Learn How to Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP SCCM

In this post, let’s learn How to Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP. You can learn more about Preferred Management Points selection Criteria from the client perspective.

IntroductionConfigure ConfigMgr Preferred MP

Microsoft official released Preferred Management points in SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 or SCCM 2012 SP2 version.

Official description from TechnetPreferred management points enable a client to identify and prefer to communicate with a management point that is associated with its current network location or boundary. When configured, a client attempts to use a preferred management point from its assigned site before using a management point from its assigned site that is not configured as preferred.

There is no control to let client machines communicate to a specific Management Point. Also, multiple Management points were available for Fault Tolerance and could not be used Load Balancing.

Microsoft official released Preferred Management points in SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 or SCCM 2012 SP2 version.

NOTE:

Do not position management points across a slow link from their primary site server or from the site database server.
  • Lab Hierarchy Information:
    • Primary Site: AN1
    • Site Server: LMECM04.Ann.com
    • Management Point: LMECM04.Ann.com, LMECM05.Ann.com, LMECM06.Ann.com
    • Default Boundary Group –LMECM04.Ann.com
    • Lab Boundary group – With LMECM05.Ann.com, LMECM06.Ann.com

How to enable the Preferred Management point

The below steps explain to enable the Configuration Manager Preferred Management Point:

Step 1:

  • Launch the Configuration Manager Console,
  • Select the Administration tab,
  • Expand Overview -> expand Site Configuration
  • Select  Sites
  • In the top ribbon, select the Hierarchy Settings
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

Step 2:

  • In Hierarchy Settings Properties window
  • Select Clients prefer to use management points specified in boundary groups
  • Click Apply and then click OK
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

How to Add the Management Points into Boundary Groups

The below steps explain to add the ConfigMgr management point into Boundary Groups,

Step 1:

  • Launch the Configuration Manager Console,
  • Select the Administration tab,
  • Expand Overview -> select Boundary Groups
  • In the right-hand panel, Select the Boundary group
  • In the top ribbon, select the Properties
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

Step 2:

  • Select the Reference tab,
  • Select Use this boundary group for site Assignment
  • Assigned Site -> Select the site client to be reported to the specific site
  • In Site Systems servers -Add the management point servers
  • Click Apply and then click OK
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

How to check the Management Point assignment

  • The below steps explain to client Management point assignment
  • Currently the client has been assigned to LMECM04.COM
  • LocationService.log file
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

Log information in Text:

Domain joined client is in Intranet LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Lookup Management Points from AD: LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Name: 'LMECM04.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'N' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Name: 'LMECM05.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'N' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Name: 'LMECM06.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'N' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Retrieved lookup MP(s) from AD LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Security settings update detected, restarting CcmExec. LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 6784 (0x1A80)
Site Code is AN1; Management Point is http://LMECM04.Ann.com; MP HTTPS enabled = 0 ClientLocation 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
Setting current Management Point as http://LMECM04.Ann.com ClientLocation 4/14/2020 4:17:38 PM 2512 (0x09D0)
  • Post client policy retrieval policy interval
  • Client is identified the default management as per boundary group
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

Log information in Text:

LSUpdateInternetManagementPoints: No internet MPs were retrieved from MP LMECM04.Ann.com, clearing previous list. LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:37:57 PM 4948 (0x1354)
Default Management Points from MP: LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:37:57 PM 4948 (0x1354)
Name: 'LMECM05.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'Y', Locality: '3', MPBGRFallbackType: 'None', MPFallbackTime: '0' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:37:57 PM 4948 (0x1354)
Name: 'LMECM06.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'Y', Locality: '3', MPBGRFallbackType: 'None', MPFallbackTime: '0' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:37:57 PM 4948 (0x1354)
  • Now the client is assigned to preferred management point
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

The client is assigned to LMECM06.ann.com management point

Log information in Text:

  • The client is assigned to LMECM06.ann.com management point
LSUpdateInternetManagementPoints: No internet MPs were retrieved from MP LMECM05.Ann.com, clearing previous list. LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:38:48 PM 1832 (0x0728)
Default Management Points from MP: LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:38:48 PM 1832 (0x0728)
Name: 'LMECM05.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'Y', Locality: '3', MPBGRFallbackType: 'None', MPFallbackTime: '0' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:38:48 PM 1832 (0x0728)
Name: 'LMECM06.Ann.com' HTTPS: 'N' ForestTrust: 'Y', Locality: '3', MPBGRFallbackType: 'None', MPFallbackTime: '0' LocationServices 4/14/2020 4:38:48 PM 1832 (0x0728)
Rotating assigned management point, new management point [1] is: LMECM06.Ann.com (8913) with capabilities: ClientLocation 4/14/2020 4:38:48 PM 1832 (0x0728)
Assigned MP changed from to . ClientLocation 4/14/2020 4:38:48 PM 1832 (0x0728)
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP - Management Point - SCCM
Configure ConfigMgr Preferred MP – Management Point – SCCM

Note:

Client roaming means it changes its network locations. For example, when a laptop travels to a remote office location. When a client roams, it might use a management point from the local site before attempting to use a server from its assigned site. This list of servers from its assigned site includes the preferred management points. For more information, see Understand how clients find site resources and services

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