Walid Hegazy

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System center configuration manager 2012 R2 (Part 8) Adding Secondary Site

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We are going to install one secondary site server for SCCM 2012 R2. Generally installing secondary site is recommended if you have Brach with more 500 clients in a remote location, this might overload the network even with the new 2012 Distribution point’s features. if you need software update point or management point at this branch you shoud go for secondary site too.

First we need to add the SCCMAdmin account and the SCCM Site Server account to local administrators group on the machine .

Prerequisites to Install Secondary Site:

Roles / Role Services Required for Secondary Site:

Web Server (IIS) (Can be done by SCCM)


· Application Development:

  • ISAPI Extensions

· Security:

  • Windows Authentication

· IIS 6 Management Compatibility:

  • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
  • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility

Features Required for Secondary Site:

·         Remote Differential Compression

·         BITS

. NET Requires both of the following:

  • 3.5 SP1
  • 4.0


System Management Container Permission:

We will give the Secondary Site Server Computer Account full control Permissions to the System Management container in AD (Same as what we did with our primary Server).

Run the Prerequisites Checker

We will run the prerequisite checker before starting the secondary site installation. To make sure everything will go smoothly during the installation.


Log on to the primary site server and open the command prompt as Administrator. Run this command from the .\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64 folder:

prereqchk.exe /<Secondary site server FQDN> /INSTALLSQLEXPRESS /Ssbport 4022 /Sqlport 1433





From the Administration workspace, Site Configuration, Sites, Click Create Secondary site on the robin.


Click Next.


Specify a Site Code, Site name .Click on Next.


On the Installation Source Files page, select Copy installation source files over the network from the parent site server and click Next.


On the SQL Server Settings page, keep the default settings and click Next.


On the Distribution Point page, enable Install and configure IIS if required by Configuration Manager and click Next.


Select the D:\ Drive as the primary Content location and click Next.


Click Add and select the Boundary Group associated to this Site. Click Next.       


On the Summary page, read the summary and click Next.


Click Close.


Right click the secondary site and select “Show install status”.




You can monitor the installation logs from Hman.log file on the primary site server. Or the bootstrap.log, configmgrsetup.log on the secondary site server C:\ drive.







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