About Package Source Directories

A package source directory, which contains all the files needed to run a package's programs, must be located on a share or in a directory to which the SMS Service account has Read access (the computer does not need to belong to an SMS site hierarchy).

SMS uses the SMS Service account to access the package source directory so that it can copy the source files to distribution points and, if necessary, compress the source files for transmission to child sites.

Note    If any of the package's programs requires an installation script, you must place the script in the package source directory.

When SMS sends the package to the sites that contain the target clients, all files and subdirectories from the source directory are compressed. When the package source directory is decompressed, the original directory structure is maintained.

If you need to change package source files after the package is sent to distribution points, you can manually initiate an update to package data on distribution points. Alternatively, you can schedule an automatic update for all distribution points in the Distribution Settings tab of the Package Properties dialog box.

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