The Configuration Manager client needs an account to provide credentials when accessing the Configuration Manager distribution points, MDT deployment shares, and shared folders. This account is called the Network Access account. The CMNetAccess account was created earlier in the process to use as the Network Access account.

To configure the Network Access account

1.   Click Start, point to All Programs, and then point to Microsoft System Center 2012. Point to Configuration Manager, and then click Configuration Manager Console.

2.   In the Configuration Manager console, in the navigation pane, click Administration.

3.   In the Administration workspace, go to Overview/Site Configuration/Sites.

4.   In the preview pane, click NYC - New York City Site.

5.   On the Ribbon, click Settings, click Configure Site Components, and then click Software Distribution.

6.   In the Software Distribution Properties dialog box, click the Network Access Account tab.

7.   In Network Access Account, click Specify the account that accessed network locations, click Set, and then click New Account.

The Windows User Account dialog box appears.

8.   Complete the Windows User Account dialog box using the information in Table 13, and then click OK.

Table 13. Information Required to Complete the Windows User Account Dialog Box

For this

Do this

User name

Type MDT2012\CMNetAccess.


Type P@ssw0rd.

Confirm password

Type P@ssw0rd.


9.   In the Software Distribution Properties dialog box, click OK.

10. Close any open windows.

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Step 1: Prepare the Prerequisite Infrastructure