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Our company is currnelty running ePO 4.0 agent 4.0 and antivirus 8.5 / 8.7. We are currently looking into going to ePO 4.5 agent 4.5 and TOPS pacakge 8.7 / hips / spyware. All of our sites are connected with T-1's so sometimes it can get kinda slow pushing out updates to people. Is there a way to throttle the software push out to the users?

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To fascilitate updates to remote sites over slower pipes as there is no BITS-like mechanism in ePO; I disabled global updating and set up an update task to kick off at a specific time local to the machine and used the randomization value within the task to spread out when machines would kick off the task.

This solution gives two levels of throttling: timezone and randomization.

NOTE:  This is with ePO 3.6.1, hopefully you can extrapolate to ePO 4.0 easily.

Regards,

Mark

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Your best bet is to create distributed repositories on the other end of these T1's, then in the Agent policy, have those machines only update from those repositories.

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out of 13 locations we have repositories at 5 locations. So, do i have any other options?

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I would try to put repositories at the other 8 locations. I would also increase the ASCI to at least a few hours to decrease bandwidth.

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putting more repositories is not an option of mine.

"I would also increase the ASCI to at least a few hours to decrease bandwidth" - where is this option?

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ASCI (Agent-to-Server Communication Interval) is set within the McAfee Agent Policy. You can just keep increasing it until you find the right setting for you.

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To fascilitate updates to remote sites over slower pipes as there is no BITS-like mechanism in ePO; I disabled global updating and set up an update task to kick off at a specific time local to the machine and used the randomization value within the task to spread out when machines would kick off the task.

This solution gives two levels of throttling: timezone and randomization.

NOTE:  This is with ePO 3.6.1, hopefully you can extrapolate to ePO 4.0 easily.

Regards,

Mark

Re: Push out software to remote locations

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Its been awhile, sorry for the delay. I did what you said and i will see how it works out. As of right now i have a very small test group and it should not mess with bandwidth. However, I will have to look into doing the same thing with all of my tasks. The guy i work with though thinks that you can make it work with a select number of computers at a time. Any idea what he may be talking about. Push out updates to 4 machines, when done push out to another 4 machines and so on.

Thanks!

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