SCCM 2007 : Branch Distribution Point option is "grayed" out on the New Site Roles Wizard

December 17, 2008 at 1:02 pm in AdminUi, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, sccm, SCCM 2007 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

When adding a new Distribution Point using the “New Site Roles” wizard; sometimes the “Branch Distribution Point” option is not available (grayed out) and the only option you have is to create a standard Distribution Point. Well, there can several reasons to this. Most times because the computer on which you are trying to install the Branch Distribution on, has no ConfigMgr Agent Host installed which is a requirement for BDP’s.

However, if your ConfigMgr site is configured in native mode, and the computer on which you are trying to install the BDP is configured for Internet Based Client Management (IBCM); the wizard will prevent you from installing a BDP on the computer, and as a result; the “Branch Distribution Point” option will not be available (grayed out).

The ConfigMgr documentation states that BDP’s are not supported on the internet, but also currently states that ConfigMgr will not prevent us from installation a BDP on a IBCM-enabled client…. But that is not the case; the wizard will actually prevent us from doing so :-)

You can read more about this issue and how to workaround it on Carol Bailey’s blog post: http://blogs.technet.com/wemd_ua_-_sms_writing_team/archive/2008/07/23/cannot-select-option-for-branch-distribution-point-in-a-native-mode-site.aspx

Hope it helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

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