Supported operating systems for System Center 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 System Center Configuration Manager site or site system role.

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

Windows Server 2016: Standard and Datacenter

Beginning with version 1606 with the hotfix rollup from KB3186654 (or the baseline version of 1606, which was released in October of 2016) this operating system is supported for the following:

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

  • Distribution point

    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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

  • Endpoint Protection point

  • Enrollment point

  • Enrollment proxy point

  • Fallback status point

  • Management point

  • Reporting services point

  • Service connection point

  • Site database server

    Site database servers are not supported on a read-only domain controller (RODC). For more information, see You may encounter problems when installing SQL Server on a domain controller in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Additionally, secondary site servers are not supported on any domain controller.

  • SMS_Provider

  • Software update point

  • State migration point

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

  • Distribution point

    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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

  • Endpoint Protection point

  • Enrollment point

  • Enrollment proxy point

  • Fallback status point

  • Management point

  • Reporting services point

  • Service connection point

  • Site database server

    Site database servers are not supported on a read-only domain controller (RODC). For more information, see You may encounter problems when installing SQL Server on a domain controller in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Additionally, secondary site servers are not supported on any domain controller.

  • 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

  • Distribution point

    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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

  • Endpoint Protection point

  • Enrollment point

  • Enrollment proxy point

  • Fallback status point

  • Management point

  • Reporting services point

  • Service connection point

  • Site database server

    Site database servers are not supported on a read-only domain controller (RODC). For more information, see You may encounter problems when installing SQL Server on a domain controller in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Additionally, secondary site servers are not supported on any domain controller.

  • 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 Removed and deprecated features for System Center Configuration Manager.

Beginning with Configuration Manager version 1702, this operating system is not supported for site servers or most site system roles, but does remain supported for the distribution point site system role (including pull-distribution points, and for PXE and multicast).

Versions prior to 1702 continue to support its use for the following.

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

  • Distribution point

    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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

  • Endpoint Protection point

  • Enrollment point

  • Enrollment proxy point

  • Fallback status point

  • Management point

  • Reporting services point

  • Service connection point

  • Site database server

    Site database servers are not supported on a read-only domain controller (RODC). For more information, see You may encounter problems when installing SQL Server on a domain controller in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Additionally, secondary site servers are not supported on any domain controller.

  • SMS_Provider

  • Software update point

  • State migration point

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 Removed and deprecated features for System Center Configuration Manager.

This operating system is not supported for site servers or site system roles with the exception of the distribution point and pull-distribution point. You can continue to use this operating system as a distribution point until deprecation of this support is announced, or this operating system'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

    • Distribution points on this operating system do not support Multicast.

    • Distribution points on this operating system are supported for PXE, but do not support network booting of client computers in EFI mode. Client computers with BIOS or with EFI booting in legacy mode are supported.

    • 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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

Windows 10 (x86, x64): Pro and Enterprise

Site system servers:

  • Distribution point

    • Distribution points on this operating system are not supported for PXE.

    • Distribution points on this operating system version do not support Multicast.

    • 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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

Windows 8.1 (x86, x64): Professional and Enterprise

Site system servers:

  • Distribution point

    • Distribution points on this operating system are not supported for PXE.

    • Distribution points on this operating system version do not support Multicast.

    • Distribution points support several different configurations that each have different requirements. In some cases, these configuration support installation not only on servers, but on client operating systems. For more information about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

Windows 8 (x86, x64): Professional and Enterprise

Site system servers:

  • Distribution point

    • Distribution points on this operating system are not supported for PXE.

    • Distribution points on this operating system version do not support Multicast.

    • 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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

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

Site system servers:

  • Distribution point

    • Distribution points on this operating system are not supported for PXE.

    • Distribution points on this operating system version do not support Multicast.

    • 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 about the options that are available for distribution points, see Manage content and content infrastructure for System Center Configuration Manager.

The server core installation of Windows Server 2016

Beginning with version 1606 with the hotfix rollup from KB3186654 (or the baseline version of 1606, which was released in October of 2016) this operating system is supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the x64-bit version is supported.
  • Distribution points on this operating system do not support PXE or Multicast.

The server core installation of Windows Server 2012 R2

In addition to the previous operating systems that are listed, the server core installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported for use as a distribution points with the following limitations:

  • Only the x64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this operating system do not support PXE or Multicast.

The server core installation of Windows Server 2012

In addition to the previous operating systems that are listed, the server core installation of Windows Server 2012 is also supported for use as a distribution point with the following limitations:

  • Only the 64-bit version is supported.

  • Distribution points on this operating system do not support PXE or Multicast.

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