Content Validation in SCCM | Easy Method | Configuration Manager

In this post, you will learn about Content Validation in SCCM. Content validation is a feature to check the status of content that has already been distributed on a distribution point or distribution group. Once you start doing content validation either manually or on a schedule, Configuration Manager verifies the content on the distribution point as the content in the source of the application or package.

The content validation process verifies the integrity of content files on distribution points. When the content validation process starts, Configuration Manager verifies the content files on distribution points. If the file hash is unexpected for the files on the distribution point, Configuration Manager creates a status message that you can review in the Monitoring workspace.

You enable content validation on a schedule, or you can manually start content validation from the properties of distribution points and packages.

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How to Enable Content Validation on a Schedule

When you enable content validation on a schedule, Configuration Manager starts the process at the scheduled time. It verifies all content on the distribution point based on the local SMS_PackagesInContLib SCCMDP class.

In the Configuration Manager console, select the Administration workspace. Select the Distribution Points node. Right-click on Distribution point and select Properties.

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Select Distribution Point Properties | SCCM
Select Distribution Point Properties | SCCM

In the Distribution Point properties, switch to the Content Validation tab. Check box Validate content on a schedule and click Apply, OK.

SCCM Validate Content on a schedule | ConfigMgr
SCCM Validate Content on a schedule | ConfigMgr

Once you enabled content validation on a distribution point, By default, the validation runs once a week on Saturday. If you want to change or add a custom schedule, Click on the Schedule.

Here you can configure the schedule based on the requirement and click OK to apply the changes.

SCCM Content Validation Custom Schedule | ConfigMgr
SCCM Content Validation Custom Schedule | ConfigMgr

Configure the content validation priority – By default, the priority is set to Lowest. Increasing the priority might increase the processor and disk utilization on the server during the validation process, but it should complete faster.

Select the priority that you want to use for content validation from drop-down list, Select Apply and OK.

SCCM Content Validation Priority | ConfigMgr
SCCM Content Validation Priority | ConfigMgr

Validate Content on Distribution Point

Let’s follow the manual process to start content validation from distribution point properties –

  • In the Configuration Manager console, select the Administration workspace. Select the Distribution Points node.
  • Select the distribution point from which you want to validate content—Right-click on Distribution point and select Properties.
Select Distribution Point - Properties | SCCM
Select Distribution Point – Properties | SCCM

Switch to the Content tab. Select the package that you want to validate. Select Validate.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

Once you select validate, A prompt will appear with message as shown below and then select OK.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

The content validation process starts for the package on the distribution point.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

When the content validation process starts, Configuration Manager verifies the content files on distribution points. If the file hash is unexpected for the files on the distribution point, Configuration Manager creates a status message that you can review in the Monitoring workspace.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

Validate Content From Software Library

Let’s check the manual process to start content validation from Software library for a specific package, application –

  • In SCCM Console, Navigate to the Software Library workspace.
  • Select the content types that you want to redistribute. You can choose any type of content available in the software library –
    • Packages
    • Applications
    • Software Update
    • Boot Image
    • Operating System Images

For Example – Let’s check how to validate application content to Distribution Point. Expand Application Management, and select an existing Application. Right-click on the application and select Properties.

Application Properties - SCCM
Application Properties – SCCM

In Application Properties, Switch to the Content Locations tab. Select the distribution points or distribution groups that you want to validate. Select Validate.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

Once you select validate, A prompt will appear with message as shown below and then select OK.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

The content validation process starts for the package on the distribution point.

Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager
Content Validation in SCCM | Configuration Manager

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