How to Enable a PXE Service Point Role


Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

You enable the PXE Service Point role, in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, by getting an instance of a specific distribution point and setting the IsPXE value to 1.

To enable a PXE service point role

  1. Set up a connection to the SMS Provider. For more information see, About the SMS Provider in Configuration Manager.

  2. Get an instance of a specific distribution point.

  3. Set the IsPXE embedded property to 1.

  4. Save the distribution point instance.


The following example method enables a PXE service point.

For information about calling the sample code, see Calling Configuration Manager Code Snippets.

public void EnablePXE(WqlConnectionManager connection,                      string siteCode,                      string serverName){    try    {        //Connect to distribution point instance.                        IResultObject siteRole = connection.GetInstance("SMS_SCI_SysResUse.FileType=2,ItemName=\"[\\\"Display=\\\\\\\\" + serverName + "\\\\\\\"]MSWNET:[\\\"SMS_SITE=" + siteCode + "\\\"]\\\\\\\\" + serverName + "\\\\,SMS Distribution Point\",ItemType=\"System Resource Usage\",SiteCode=" + "\"" + siteCode + "\"");        // Create temporary copy of the embedded properties.        Dictionary<string, IResultObject> embeddedProperties = siteRole.EmbeddedProperties;        // Enumerate through the embedded properties and makes changes as needed.        foreach (KeyValuePair<string, IResultObject> kvp in siteRole.EmbeddedProperties)        {            // Setting: IsPXE            if (kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"] == "IsPXE")            {                // Get current property value.                Console.WriteLine();                Console.WriteLine("Property: {0}", kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);                Console.WriteLine("Current value: {0} (0 not enabled, 1 enabled)", kvp.Value.PropertyList["Value"]);                // Change value to enable PXE (1 enabled, 0 not enabled).                 embeddedProperties["IsPXE"]["Value"].StringValue = "1";                Console.WriteLine("Setting the {0} value to {1}.", kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"], "1");            }        }        // Store the settings that have changed.        siteRole.EmbeddedProperties = embeddedProperties;        // Save the settings.         siteRole.Put();    }    catch (SmsException ex)    {        Console.WriteLine();        Console.WriteLine("Failed. Error: " + ex.InnerException.Message);    }} 

The example method has the following parameters:





Managed: WqlConnectionManager

A valid connection to the SMS Provider.


Managed: String

The Configuration Manager site code.


Managed: String

The server name. For example, “SERVER1.DOMAIN1.COM”

Compiling the Code

The C# example has the following compilation requirements:








Robust Programming

For more information about error handling, see About Configuration Manager Errors.

.NET Framework Security

For more information about securing Configuration Manager applications, see Securing Configuration Manager Applications.