SCCM Distribution Point Design – A Designer’s Delight

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Ask any SCCM Designer / Architect !! How Many Distribution Points you need in this Environment and he would bend his head and do zillion odd Calculations ūüôā


With this Post I intend to share a Table which shows how much time is required over a specific WAN link for a ¬†set of PC’s :

The Below Table Shows the Approximate results for 1  Single Machine over WAN and LAN . From the results it is very clear that for Distribution Point  the results are better 



* Note : The figures mentioned above are approximate . Actual s may vary a little .

Now , Let us see the results for 50 Machines at a Local Branch with Different Bandwidth Options . Clearly you would see that if we are not going to use a Local Distribution Point then deployments like Operating system would choke the network and would a lot of time . 


As you can see from the above Image , if we have a 2 MBPS line between the Primary server and the Local branch and there is No distribution Point ( Local ) , them for a set of 50 machines at such a location would take 200 hours for getting the OSD files . However , if we have a ¬†Local Distribution Point at the Branch Location , Machines would pick the Image over a LAN and it would just take 3 Hours of time . That’s the power of a Local Distribution Point .

** The Calculations above are based on the assumption that all the bandwidth is available to SCCM .


It is also important to understand that the Traffic between Primary and Distribution Point can be scheduled and Throttled .

7 thoughts on “SCCM Distribution Point Design – A Designer’s Delight

  1. Hello Abheekdutta

    Thank you for providing this info

    I’m very new to sccm
    I’m tasked to design and implement sccm 2016 which completely replace sccm 2012 r2, is currently used for remote control only.
    I have messing around on google and microsoft document to get high available sccm 2016 design wich better suite my enviroment but no luck yet

    please could you help me.

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