Supported operating systems for Configuration Manager site system servers

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

This article details the Windows versions that you can use to host a Configuration Manager site or site system role.

Use the information in this article with the information in the following articles:

Windows Server 2016: Standard and Datacenter

With Update Rollup 1 for Configuration Manager version 1606 (KB3186654), this OS version is supported for the following roles:

Site servers

  • Central administration site
  • Primary site
  • Secondary site

Site system servers

  • Application Catalog web service point
  • Application Catalog website point
  • Asset Intelligence synchronization point
  • Certificate registration point
  • Cloud management gateway connection point
  • Data warehouse service point
  • Distribution point Note 1
  • Endpoint Protection point
  • Enrollment point
  • Enrollment proxy point
  • Fallback status point
  • Management point
  • Reporting services point
  • Service connection point
  • Site database server Note 2
  • SMS_Provider
  • Software update point
  • State migration point

Windows Storage Server 2016

Site system server

Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64): Standard and Datacenter

Site servers

  • Central administration site
  • Primary site
  • Secondary site

Site system servers

  • Application Catalog web service point
  • Application Catalog website point
  • Asset Intelligence synchronization point
  • Certificate registration point
  • Cloud management gateway connection point
  • Data warehouse service point
  • Distribution point Note 1
  • Endpoint Protection point
  • Enrollment point
  • Enrollment proxy point
  • Fallback status point
  • Management point
  • Reporting services point
  • Service connection point
  • Site database server Note 2
  • SMS_Provider
  • Software update point
  • State migration point

Windows Server 2012 (x64): Standard and Datacenter

Site servers

  • Central administration site
  • Primary site
  • Secondary site

Site system servers

  • Application Catalog web service point
  • Application Catalog website point
  • Asset Intelligence synchronization point
  • Certificate registration point
  • Cloud management gateway connection point
  • Data warehouse service point
  • Distribution point Note 1
  • Endpoint Protection point
  • Enrollment point
  • Enrollment proxy point
  • Fallback status point
  • Management point
  • Reporting services point
  • Service connection point
  • Site database server Note 2
  • SMS_Provider
  • Software update point
  • State migration point

Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 (x64): Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

Windows Server 2008 R2 is now in extended support and no longer in mainstream support, as detailed in Microsoft Support Lifecycle. For more information about future support for these operating systems as site system servers with Configuration Manager, see Deprecated server operating systems.

This OS isn't supported for site servers or most site system roles. It's still supported for the distribution point site system role, including pull-distribution points and for PXE and multicast.

Site system servers

  • Distribution point Note 1

    • Distribution points on this OS support PXE and multicast.

Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (x86, x64): Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

Windows Server 2008 is now in extended support and no longer in mainstream support, as detailed in Microsoft Support Lifecycle. For more information about future support for these operating systems as site system servers with Configuration Manager, see Deprecated server operating systems.

This OS isn't supported for site servers or site system roles, except for the distribution point and pull-distribution point. Continue to use this OS as a distribution point until deprecation of this support is announced, or this OS's extended support period expires. For more information, see Installation of System Center Configuration Manager CB and LTSB fails on Windows Server 2008.

Site system servers

  • Distribution point Note 1

    • Distribution points on this OS support PXE and multicast.

    • Distribution points on this OS don't support network booting of client computers in EFI mode. Client computers with BIOS or with EFI booting in legacy mode are supported.

Windows 10 (x86, x64): Pro and Enterprise

Site system servers

  • Distribution point Note 1

    • Distribution points on this OS aren't supported for PXE with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

    • Distribution points on this OS version don't support multicast.

Windows 8.1 (x86, x64): Professional and Enterprise

Site system servers

  • Distribution point Note 1

    • Distribution points on this OS aren't supported for PXE with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

    • Distribution points on this OS version don't support multicast.

Windows 7 with SP1 (x86, x64): Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate

Site system servers

  • Distribution point Note 1

    • Distribution points on this OS aren't supported for PXE with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

    • Distribution points on this OS version don't support multicast.

The server core installation of Windows Server, version 1803

Starting in Configuration Manager 1802, Windows Server, version 1803 is supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the x64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this OS don't support PXE or multicast with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

The server core installation of Windows Server, version 1709

Starting in Configuration Manager 1710, Windows Server, version 1709 is supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the x64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this OS don't support PXE or multicast with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

The server core installation of Windows Server 2016

With Update Rollup 1 for Configuration Manager version 1606 (KB3186654), this OS version is supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the x64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this OS don't support PXE or multicast with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

The server core installation of Windows Server 2012 R2

The server core installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the x64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this OS don't support PXE or multicast with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points .

The server core installation of Windows Server 2012

The server core installation of Windows Server 2012 is supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the 64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this OS don't support PXE or multicast with the default Windows Deployment Services. Starting in version 1806, you can PXE-enable a distribution point on this OS with the option to Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. For more information, see Install and configure distribution points.

General notes

Note 1: Distribution points

Distribution points support several different configurations that each have different requirements. In some cases, these configurations support installation not only on servers, but on client operating systems. For more information, see Manage content and content infrastructure.

Note 2: Site database servers

Site database servers aren't supported on a read-only domain controller (RODC). For more information, see the Microsoft Support article: You may encounter problems when installing SQL Server on a domain controller.

Additionally, secondary site servers aren't supported on any domain controller.