Chapter 4

Installation and Site Role Configuration

Previous chapters have already begun pulling back the covers on the changes in Configuration Manager 2012 R2. This chapter is focused on discussing Configuration Manager 2012 R2 sites, hierarchies, and site system roles and provides a walkthrough of building a sample hierarchy.

A major design pillar for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 was hierarchy simplification. In previous versions of Configuration Manager it was not uncommon to find hierarchies with dozens of sites and, in some cases, thousands of sites, and often hierarchies would be built four to five or more layers deep. Both the number of sites in a hierarchy and the depth of the hierarchy bring with them configuration complexity, potential ...

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