New distribution package cloud storage (2019 SU3)

Endpoint Manager SU3 adds a new cloud storage feature (currently Windows-only) for distribution packages and additional files. Normally, organizations configure preferred servers to host their distribution files. Storing these files in the cloud instead can reduce the amount of Endpoint Manager infrastructure you have to maintain.

The supported cloud storage environments are Amazon S3 buckets and Microsoft Azure blobs. Your organization will need its own Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure account. The credentials for these accounts are stored in the Endpoint Manager credential manager.

When you create a distribution package, your configured S3 buckets or Azure blobs show in the list of available package file sources. When you select a cloud file for the package, software distribution uses API calls to generate the secure pre-signed URLs and includes them in the package configuration.

A cloud distribution package's primary file must be from a cloud source. Additional files can be any mix of cloud or other sources, such as preferred servers.

When distributing a cloud distribution package to endpoints, those endpoints will automatically download cloud package files as necessary. If cloud files are already in the distribution cache on nearby peers, peer download and other configured bandwidth-saving distribution options will work as they normally do.

For more information on using this feature, see Distribution package cloud storage.