Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 sites that have clients assigned to them must have a management point to enable client communication. The management point is the primary point of contact between Configuration Manager clients and the site server. Management points can provide clients with installation prerequisites, client installation files, configuration details, advertisements, and software distribution package source file locations. Additionally, management points receive inventory data, software metering information, and status and state messages from clients.

Regardless of the number of management point site system roles installed on site systems within a site, clients will only communicate with either the default management point (intranet clients) or their assigned management point (Internet based clients).

Multiple site systems hosting the management point site server role can be configured with the Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) Service to provide high availability, and then designated as the default management point for the site.
You must download, install, and configure WebDAV manually on management points running Windows Server 2008. For more information, see How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Site Systems.

To install a management point

  1. In the Configuration Manager console of the primary site server, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Site Management / <site code> - <site name> / Site Settings / Site Systems / <site system name>.

  2. Right-click <site system name>, and click New Roles to start the New Site Systems Role Wizard.

  3. On the General tab, you have the options to do the following:

    • Specify a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for intranet-based clients to communicate with this site system. This configuration is recommended, but not required.

    • Specify a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for Internet-based clients to communicate with this site system. This option is required for supporting Internet-based client systems.

    • Select the account to install the site system files. The site server machine account is used if a Windows domain user account is not specified.

    • Enable the site system as a protected site system (responding to client requests only from specifically configured site boundaries).

    • Configure communication between the site system and site server to be initiated only by the site server.

  4. On the System Role Selection page, select Management point.

    If there is no default management point defined for the site, you can configure the new management point as the default management point for the site by clicking Yes on the Default Management Point Configuration dialog box.
  5. On the Management Point page, you can configure the new management point site system to support device clients. If the site is in native mode, you can specify whether the management point will support Internet-based clients, or both intranet and Internet-based client connections (management point site systems in native mode sites require a Web server certificate). This page is also used to specify whether the management point will use the site database or a site database replica when querying for site database information. Additionally, you can specify the Management Point Connection Account. This account is used by the management point to access site database information and can either be the management point computer account (default) or a domain user account in the form of Domain\User.

    The management point connection account must be configured to use a domain user account if the management point needs to access a site database in a different domain, whether or not the domain is in the same Active Directory forest as the site database server.
  6. On the Summary page, review the settings for the site system and the roles assigned to the site system before continuing. To make changes to any settings or site roles assigned to the site system, click Previous until you return to the page in the wizard where you set the detail. Once you are finished, return to the Summary page. To begin site system role installation, click Next.

  7. The Progress page displays the progress of saving the site system settings to the site server.

  8. The Confirmation page displays whether or not the site system settings were successfully saved in the site database.

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