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Tips and Tricks: Resolving “Failed to create virtual directory” Error When You Install a Remote Distribution Point in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Published Sep 07 2018 08:38 PM 655 Views
First published on CloudBlogs on May, 11 2012

The Configuration Manager console has been greatly improved in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, which enhances its usability. In addition to improvements in performance and layout, the console now supports a quicker way to monitor the status of distribution point site system roles.

Using this new monitoring capability, you might see that the installation of a distribution point on a computer other than the site server (known as a remote distribution point) displays an error, with the message Failed to create virtual directory . This failure often indicates that the distribution point computer must be rebooted so that the IIS installation and configuration can complete. This might not be the only reason for this error, but try the following process to resolve the problem:

  1. Reboot the remote distribution point and wait a few minutes.
  2. Distribute content to the distribution point.

The following screenshot shows an example of this Failed to create virtual directory error:

Note: There is a known issue in the current release where the error might not always clear to return the distribution point status back to a success state. We hope to address this issue in a future release.

If you double-click this message, the following dialog box provides more detailed information:

To see whether you have resolved the problem, refresh the Configuration Manager console, and look for the new messages IIS was configured successfully and Content was distributed to distribution point :


  • You might experience a remote distribution point installation failure with the error that the virtual directory could not be created.
  • To resolve this error, try rebooting the remote distribution point computer and then distribute content to the distribution point.
  • Check whether you now see messages that say that the IIS configuration is successful and that the content is distributed to the distribution point.

For more information about managing the content library in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, see Content Management in Configuration Manager in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Documentation Library.

-- Michael Wray

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