Distribution Manager failed to install distribution point

Many a times , when we Install Distribution Point , we find out the the Distribution Point is not successfully Installed . After looking at the log files you find the below line in it :

” Distribution Manager failed to install distribution point “

Now , the issue would be due to a number of things . Let us start to troubleshoot it from the start . You first step is to have a look at the distmgr.log file . Below is the snapshot of the distmgr.log file .

Distribution Point Installtion Error 1

The screenshot clearly states that Dp files have not been installed . Now if you check the asset Message , you will see the below error :

Distribution Point Installtion Error

It says that “Distribution Manager failed to install distribution point” . If we can try and drill down further go to the Application Log onto the server and you will see something like the below ( atleast in my case , this may vary )  :

Distribution Point Installtion Error 2

As you may see that the application log gives us a more specific error as to User Rights . It is normally a good practice that you add the account that is being used for Distribution Point Installation on to the Local Admin group on the Distribution Machine . This would solve the issue for you in this case .  

However , If this does not solve the issue and you are creating the Distribution Point on a windows 7 Machine , check for the below things :

IIS 6 WMI compatibility Feature
IIS 6 Management compatibility feature

Technet also , gives its specification/ pre Requisites for Distribution Point Installtion :

You can use the default IIS configuration, or a custom configuration.

To use a custom IIS configuration, you must enable the following options for IIS:

  • Application Development:
    • ISAPI Extensions
  • Security:
    • Windows Authentication
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility:
    • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
    • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility

When you use a custom IIS configuration, you can remove options that are not required, such as the following:

  • Common HTTP Features:IIS Management Scripts and Tools
    • HTTP Redirection

Published by Abheek Dutta

A perennial thrill-seeker with an avid interest in transforming and improving lives around the globe through the wonderful gift of technology, I am the Senior Vice President of Henson Group . My specialties include Leadership, problem-solving, and putting cutting-edge technology (Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) in the hands of corporates, startups, and professionals. I have been obsessed with the idea of using technology to solve real-world problems. Having previously worked with global software giants like TCS and IBM, I now usually sit at my office at the World Trade Center, New York and Chandigarh , India. Among my greatest achievements, increasing the revenue of Henson Group by ten-folds in the past two years, remains my favorite along with the fact that Henson Group’s India center has now become ‘a center of excellence’ with its entire technical team being Microsoft certified. On the delivery side, I helped Henson Group attain the prestigious “ Azure Expert MSP Certification “ with Microsoft . Hailing from Jammu, my team has grown from five to 150 employees and associates in just two years. Even during COVID-19 era, our growth has soared while helping corporates, industries and startups to tide over many hurdles and challenges. Henson Group is recently featured at rank 132 in the Inc. 5000 Rating. Skillsets: Cloud Services, Managed Services Provider (MSP), Computers & Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Project management, Leadership , Cyber Security Mr. Dutta manages and monitors the performance of consultants and partners on engagements, communicating with the account executive, project teams, and customers. Works in close collaboration with the Microsoft project manager, providing hands-on project management expertise as required. Mr. Dutta provides direct oversight over the MSP Client Operations team responsible for managing MSP relationships with existing MSP clients and day to day operations of these accounts. Mr. Dutta oversees the Centralized Delivery Team that is responsible for high volume cloud migrations and MSP delivery to current clients. Team consists of over 120+ engineers and project managers.

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