Myself and another ECM MVP Jason Sandy's applied a lot of pressure over the last few months to the ConfigMgr product group, pressure maybe the wrong word, partial-begging and hand-wringing may fit better, anyway we don’t know if we had an effect but look at this, complete Management Point Control finally comes in at the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 3 release!
Additional changes that are included in this update
Management point communications
This cumulative update introduces a new registry entry for clients. This entry will restrict which management point (MP) a client can communicate with. This can be useful in environments that have multiple MPs in different forests, and the clients can only communicate with a subset of them. Setting the registry value to only those MPs that can be reached by the client can improve overall efficiency. The new registry value is AllowedMPs, a REG_MULTI_SZ (multi-string) type that is under the following subkey:
Each entry is the Fully Qualified Domain Name of the management point(s) with which the client is able to communicate. This value does not affect the selection of any other site systems such as distribution points, software update points, and so on. The value only affects the primary site MP selection.Note After this value is defined, there is no fallback or other method for clients to communicate with other MPs. This new entry is only intended for permanently located workstation and server clients and is not portable to devices such as mobile PCs or tablets.
Guess what that end-to-end solution called LocationAware does … it controls Management Points, previously it did this with the Windows HOSTS file or the Windows Advanced Firewall, but now it can literally plug in and control the Client’s communications with Management Points with an end-to-end solution that provides a Console experience for configuring your new non-content boundaries and assigning Management Points to them.
I call this Management Point control via the registry key the Alternative Non-Content Provider, although today it is just a registry key and not an API that we can hook into as such, as is the case for the Alternative Content Provider that 1e and Adaptiva produce, we’re one step closer to my dream of totally controlling Management Points and Software Update Points by lashing them to Boundaries. When we see all this MP and SUP control fully built into the product and exposed via the ConfigMgr Console you know we’ve arrived at Dream Central!
Check out Cumulative Update 3 here
Check out LocationAware from SMSMarshall Ltd
We’re still going to beg the Product Group for SUP control next We like Control! We’re “The Management”!
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