HOW TO INSTALL SCCM SECONDARY SITE

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In this post we will learn How to install SCCM Secondary site and its details. Secondary site control the content transfer for remote clients which are in low bandwidth. While installing sccm secondary site by default Management point and distribution point will get installed. SCCM Secondary site concept mainly focused on clients with low bandwidth network. You can manage secondary site either from CAS server or primary server. Secondary site uses database replication to communicate with primary server.

WHEN TO INSTALL
  • Traffic control
  • Remote location with more than 500 clients
  • More concentration on patching (SUP)
  • Local MP
PREREQUISITE CHECKING

Before going with secondary site installation, all prerequisite should be onboard.

OS Requirements

Secondary site should be installed only in Servers. You can check the supporting OS for secondary site installation in https://docs.microsoft.com

Server Features

Below server features should be installed in the server

  • .Net3.5 Framework
  • .Net4 Framework
  • Remote Differential Compression
  • IIS
  • BITS
Server Permission

On the secondary site server add primary server computer account to local administrator group and add the secondary site server in local admin group of primary server

AD Permission

Give full permission for secondary site server in system management container

Ports
  • TCP Port 4022 (SQL)
  • TCP Port 1433 (SQL)
  • TCP Port 135 (WMI/RPC)
  • TCP Port 445 (SMB)

Before going with Secondary site installation, it always recommended to run prerequisite check tool. It will check any error or warnings. In your primary site server, open command prompt in admin and change the path to Mounted Drive:\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64 folder. Run the below command

prereqchk.exe/SEC secondary_server_name_FQDN /INSTALLSQLEXPRESS /Ssbport 4022 /Sqlport 1433

Once completed, check the status in C:\ConfigMgrPrereq.log

STEPS TO INSTALL SECONDARY SITE

Once completed with prerequisite check, we can proceed with installation of secondary site. Navigate to Administration > Overview > Site Configuration and click Create secondary site

On the Create Secondary page, mention your Site code, Site server name, Site name.

Tips 💡- For installation folder, do not install in root drive

Click next

For source file, select copy Copy installation source files over the network from the parent site server. So the server will take the secondary site setup files from shared folder of primary site. Click Next 

In the SQL Server Settings page. Leave the default port if your SQL installation is standard. If you don’t have SQL installed on the server, the wizard will automatically install the SQL Express. Click Next

In the Distribution page. Select below options if required according to your setup

  • IIS (mandatory)
  • Branch cache (Optional)
  • Download speed (Optional)
  • Prestaged content (Optional)
  • MS connected cache server (Optional)

Click Next

On the communication page, select HTTP or select HTTPS if your site is configured for HTTPS communications and have a valid PKI client certificate. Select create a self-signed certificate or select Import Certificate and provide your certificate if HTTPS is selected)

Click Next

In drive setting page, mention the drive space as per your setup.

Click Next

In content validation page, you can schedule the content validation or you can do it for later

Click Next

Add boundary group if created already or later we can do

Click Next

Once Completed, We can monitor the progress in  site option (Administration > Overview > Site). Right click on the secondary site server and check. We can check the progress in below logs

Secondary site

  •  SiteComp.log
  • Configmgrsetup.log

Primary site

  • Hman.log
  • ConfigMgrPrereq.log (Prerequiste check status )
BEST PRACTICES ✔✔✔
  • Always do prerequisite check
  • Do not install the secondary site in root drive
  • Install only if the remote location having more than 500 clients
  • Give sufficient drive space
  • Periodically check replication status
  • Install SUP if planning for patching
  • Be ready with boundary and boundary group
EXTRAS

Please go check below post for secondary site Software Update Point installation – https://howtosccm.com/how-to-configure-software-update-point-role-in-sccm-secondary-site/ and we will cover WSUS role installation in upcoming post

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