Topic last updated—November 2007

When you protect a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site system, only clients in that boundary can access the distribution point or state migration point role on that site system. You protect these site roles to help control network utilization.

However, before protecting any distribution points, you should consider the effect on software distribution. Careful configuration of protected distribution will preserve network bandwidth, but haphazard configuration of protected distribution points might prevent clients from accessing crucial content, including software updates and operating system deployment packages.

Before deciding to protect any distribution points, you need to know the following information:

You should consider protecting a distribution point if any of the following are true:

You should be careful about protecting all distribution points in the site for the following reasons:

If you protect your distribution points, for each advertisement or software update deployment that you create, you must consider whether to allow clients to fall back to unprotected distribution points when the content is not available on the protected distribution point. Before making the decision, consider the following factors:

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