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How to invoke a Package Redistribution

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To invoke a Package Redistribution

  1. Set up a connection to the SMS Provider.
  2. Query a Distribution Point Group from SMS_DistributionPointGroup WMI class
  3. Use the ReDistributePackage method.
  4. Set the PackageID property.
  5. Depending on the configuration, set the correct value


Example Output

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  1. V.Klaffehn  October 2, 2013

    Hello, I am trying to redistribute an application without success.
    I have an existing application with deployment, now I changed something in the source files and want to update the content of the application like I can do with a right click on the deployment type and selecting ‘update content’, but I need to do that for all our applications, so I want to do it with a script.
    I searched a lot, but it seems I can only refresh the application, but not update it…. any help would be appreciated!!

    • Kaido  October 3, 2013


      Is your package distributed to DP Group?


      • V.Klaffehn  October 3, 2013

        Yes, we have two DP’s building one DP Group. I can see in the logs that the package is refreshed on the DP, but not rebuild from the modified source.


        • V.Klaffehn  October 4, 2013

          Oh, btw, these are the things I’ve already tried :

          Remove- and AddPackages and Redistribute
          But nothing is working the way I want…
          I don’t get errors, I can see activity in the logs, I can also see the last refresh time in the CM console, but the package contents never change and the revision stays the same.

          Get-Wmiobject -Namespace “root\SMS\Site_$site” -Class SMS_ContentPackage | foreach{
          $name = $_.Name
          echo “redistributing Package $Name to DP group $DPGroup …”
          $PackageID = $_.PackageID
          $DPQuery = Get-WmiObject -Namespace “Root\sms\site_ptb” -Class SMS_DistributionPointGroup -Filter “Name=’$DPGroup'”

          • V.Klaffehn  October 9, 2013

            Hi, I found out something :
            Using the ‘Redistribute’ button found under “Administration-DP Groups–Properties-Content” actually only refreshes Applications, maybe because there was nothing changed in the application itself. The following powershell script does what I wanted (only caveat is, the revision gets increased):

            $DPGroup = “PTB”
            Get-Wmiobject -Namespace “root\SMS\Site_ptb” -Class SMS_Application -Filter “isLatest=’true’ and isExpired=’false'” | foreach{
            $name = $_.LocalizedDisplayName
            echo “Application : $name”
            $dptypes = Get-CMDeploymentType -ApplicationName “$name”
            foreach ($dpt in $dptypes){
            $dptname = $dpt.LocalizedDisplayName
            echo “Deployment Type: $dptname”
            Update-CMDistributionPoint -ApplicationName “$name” -DeploymentTypeName “$dptname”

  2. prem saagar  December 13, 2013

    how to redistribute application for a single distribution point instead of DP groups?

    • v.klaffehn  May 22, 2014

      Hi, the script should also work on Distribution Points. Its the same like right-clicking on the Application Deployment Type and selecting ‘update content’

      Import-Module ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\ConfigurationManager.psd1′
      cd ptb:
      $apps = Get-CMApplication | where {$_.isexpired -eq $false -and $_.issuperseded -eq $false}
      foreach ($app in $apps)
      $deploymenttypes = Get-CMDeploymentType -ApplicationName $($app.localizedDisplayName)
      foreach ($deploymenttype in $deploymenttypes)
      write-host $deploymenttype
      Update-CMDistributionPoint -ApplicationName $app.LocalizedDisplayName -DeploymentTypeName $deploymenttype.LocalizedDisplayName


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