Site components for Configuration Manager

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

For each Configuration Manager site, you can configure site components to modify the behavior of site system roles and site status reporting. Site component configurations apply to a site, and to each instance of an applicable site system role at the site.

In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Administration workspace, expand Site Configuration, and select the Sites node. Select a site. In the Settings group of the ribbon, choose Configure Site Components. Select one of the following options:

About site components

Most options for the various site components are self-explanatory when viewed in the Configuration Manager console. However, the following details can help explain some of the more complex configurations, or direct you to other content.


The available options for some components vary whether you select the central administration site, a primary site, or a secondary site. Some components are not available at all for certain types of sites.

Software distribution

Content distribution settings

On the General tab, specify settings that modify how the site server transfers content to its distribution points. When you increase the values you use for concurrent distribution settings, content distribution can use more network bandwidth.

Pull distribution point

For more information, see Use a pull-distribution point.

Network access account

For more information, see Network access account.

Software update point

For more information, see Install a software update point.

OS deployment

For more information, see Specify the drive for offline OS image servicing.

Management point

On the General tab, set up the site to publish information about its management points to Active Directory Domain Services.

Configuration Manager clients use management points to locate services, and to find site information such as boundary group membership and PKI certificate selection options. Clients also use management points to find other management points in the site, and distribution points from which to download software. Management points also help clients to complete site assignment, and to download client policy and upload client information.

The most secure method for clients to find management points is to publish them in Active Directory Domain Services. This service location method requires the following to be true:

  • The schema is extended for Configuration Manager.
  • There's a System Management container, with appropriate security permissions for the site server to publish to this container.
  • The Configuration Manager site is set up to publish to Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Clients belong to the same Active Directory forest as the site server's forest.

When clients on the intranet can't use Active Directory Domain Services to find management points, use DNS publishing. This article also describes the option to Publish selected intranet management points in DNS.

For general information about service location, see Understand how clients find site resources and services.

Status reporting

These settings directly set up the level of detail that's included in status reports from sites and clients.

Email notification

Specify account and email server details to enable Configuration Manager to send email notifications for alerts.

For more information, see Configure alerts.

Collection membership evaluation

Use this component to set how often collection membership is incrementally evaluated. Incremental evaluation updates a collection membership with only new or changed resources.

For more information, see Best practices for collections.

Configuration Manager Service Manager

You can use the Service Manager to control Configuration Manager services, and to view the status of any Configuration Manager service or working thread. These services and threads are referred to collectively as Configuration Manager components.

  • Components can run on any site system.

  • Manage components the same way that you manage services in Windows. The following actions apply to Configuration Manager components:

    • Start
    • Stop
    • Pause
    • Resume
    • Query

A Configuration Manager service runs when there's something for it to do. For example, when a configuration file is written to a component's inbox.

Use Service Manager

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Monitoring workspace, expand System Status, and select the Component Status node.

  2. In the Component group of the ribbon, select Start, and then choose Configuration Manager Service Manager.

  3. When the Configuration Manager Service Manager opens, connect to the site that you want to manage.

    If you don't see the site that you want to manage, go to the Site menu, and select Connect. Then enter the name of the site server of the correct site.

  4. Expand the site and navigate to Components or Servers, depending on the location of the components that you want to manage.

  5. In the right pane, select one or more components. Then on the Component menu, select Query to update the status of your selection.

  6. After it updates the status of the component, use one of the four action-based options on the Component menu. Use these actions to modify the component's operation. After you request an action, query the component again to display the new status of the component.

  7. Close the Configuration Manager Service Manager when you're finished modifying the operational status of components.