We are trying to save some money, and want to set up a SMS Distubution point (We may have to set up a lot sf DP's) on a Linux box. It may work, if sms is only using the shares and files. Has anyone had any experince or thoughts on this before I start my testing?[8|]
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If you are going to use BITS then definately no. The only snag I see and don't know the answer off the top of my head is if the Distribution Point has to have the SMS Client installed. I think its yes but if no then you got a chance but the server will have to be enumerated by a discovery method in order to be a part of the site at the very least. The real downside is Microsoft will not offer much support if they discover the existance of those servers.
Answered 12/01/2004 by: kkaminsk
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I mostly deal with application packaging, but I have some experience with SMS 2003 design. As I understand it you will be able to do this but as the post above said, you lose all BITS capabilites. We use IP subnets to define our site boundries and we do have many shares on plain old file servers setup as DP's. In some cases of very small sites ( 5-10 machines ) we just designate a supervisors PC and create the share there. As long as you can get your sms client context to authenticate against the SAMBA share it should be doable.
Answered 12/01/2004 by: chrpai
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