In the event of a system failure or other problem, restoration of packages on a branch distribution point is greatly simplified if you have been periodically backing up those packages. These packages can be backed up and then restored locally, minimizing the bandwidth that would otherwise be required to redistribute the packages to the branch distribution point.

Although Configuration Manager 2007 does provide backup and recovery maintenance tasks through the Configuration Manager console, the contents of a branch distribution point are not backed up by this method. For more information about these maintenance tasks, see Overview of Backup and Recovery.

To back up packages on a branch distribution point

  1. If necessary, disconnect users from the SMSPKG<driveletter>$ share on the branch distribution point.

  2. Copy the contents of the SMSPKG<driveletter>$ share to backup media.

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