File Share Distribution Points

A server with an AFP or SMB share can be used as a file share distribution point. Before you can use a file share distribution point with Jamf Pro, you must set up the distribution point and add it to Jamf Pro.
Note: A server with an AFP share cannot share files on the Apple File System (APFS), which is the default file system for computers with macOS 10.13 or later. Computers with macOS 10.13 or later that are HFS+ formatted can still support AFP. If you need a file share distribution point for APFS formatted computers, SMB is an option.

For more information on APFS and SMB, see the following Apple macOS Deployment References:

For information on setting up a file share distribution point, see the Setting Up a File Share Distribution Point Knowledge Base article.

When you add a file share distribution point to Jamf Pro, you can do the following:

  • Make it the master distribution point.

  • Choose a failover distribution point.

  • Configure HTTP downloads.

Adding a File Share Distribution Point

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/18787129/Icon_Settings_Hover.png .

  3. Click Server Infrastructure.

  4. Click File Share Distribution Points images/download/thumbnails/18787129/File_Share_Distribution_Points.png .

  5. Click New images/download/thumbnails/17105124/Icon_New_Button.png .

  6. Use the General pane to configure basic settings for the distribution point.

  7. Click the File Sharing tab and enter information about the AFP or SMB share.

  8. (Optional) Click the HTTP tab and configure HTTP downloads.

  9. Click Save.

Replicating Files to a File Share Distribution Point

During replication, all files on the master distribution point are replicated to the file share distribution point that you choose.

  1. Open Jamf Admin and authenticate to the Jamf Pro server.

  2. In the sidebar, select the file share distribution point you want to replicate files to.

  3. Click Replicate.

Related Information

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

Network Segments
You can use network segments to ensure that computers and mobile devices use the closest distribution point by default.

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base articles:

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