About Distribution Points

Distribution points are servers used to host files for distribution to computers and mobile devices. The following types of files can be distributed from a distribution point using Jamf Pro:

  • Packages

  • Scripts

  • In-house apps

  • In-house eBooks

Jamf Pro supports three types of distribution points:

  • File share distribution points

  • A cloud distribution point

  • Jamf Distribution Server (JDS) instances

You can use any combination of these types of distribution points.

By default, the first distribution point you add to Jamf Pro is the master distribution point. The master distribution point is used by all other distribution points as the authoritative source for all files during replication. You can change the master distribution point at any time.

When planning your distribution point infrastructure, it is important to understand the differences between each type of distribution point. The following table explains the key differences:

 

File Share Distribution Point

Cloud Distribution Point

JDS Instance

Description

Standard server that is configured to be a distribution point

Distribution point that uses one of the following content delivery networks (CDNs) to host files:

  • Rackspace Cloud Files

  • Amazon Web Services

  • Akamai

  • Jamf Cloud Distribution Service (JCDS)

Distribution point that is managed by Jamf Pro, similar to a computer or mobile device

Maximum Number per Jamf Pro Instance

Unlimited

One

Unlimited

Server/Platform Requirements

Any server with an Apple Filing Protocol
(AFP) or Server Message Block (SMB) share

None

Mac or Linux

Protocol

AFP, SMB, HTTP, or HTTPS

HTTPS

HTTPS

Ports

  • AFP: 548

  • SMB: 139

  • HTTP: 80

  • HTTPS: 443

443

443

Authentication Options

  • AFP or SMB:

    • No authentication

    • Username and password

  • HTTP or HTTPS:

    • No authentication

    • Username and password

    • Certificate-based authentication

None

  • No authentication

  • Certificate-based authentication

Files that Can Be Hosted

  • Packages

  • Scripts

  • Packages

  • In-house apps

  • In-house eBooks

Note: If you use the cloud distribution point, scripts are stored in the jamfsoftware database.

  • Packages

  • In-house apps

  • In-house eBooks

Note: If you use one or more JDS instances, scripts are stored in the jamfsoftware database.

Parent-Child Capabilities

No

No

Yes

File Replication Method

Replication to file share distribution points must be initiated from Jamf Admin.

Replication to a cloud distribution point must be initiated from Jamf Admin.

Replication to root JDS instances must be initiated from Jamf Admin.

Replication to non-root JDS instances happens automatically and immediately.

Selective Replication

Not available when replicating to file share distribution points.

Available when replicating to a cloud distribution point if the master distribution point is a JDS instance or file share distribution point.

The files for replication must be specified in Jamf Pro and the replication initiated from Jamf Admin.

Not available when replicating to root JDS instances.

Available when replicating to non-root JDS instances.

The files for replication must be specified in Jamf Pro. The replication from non-root parent to child instances is initiated on check in with Jamf Pro.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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