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SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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Could someone please explain to me the benefits of having a SuperAgent without converting it into a Distributed Repository?  I'm curious as to why you can configure a SuperAgent in the McAfee Agent policy without making it into a Distributed Repository.  Thanks!

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Re: SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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Super agents (sans the repo) are used to propagate super agent broadcast calls. They are used for global updating. Here is how it works:

  1. Something is checked into the master repository that triggers a global update (such as a DAT file)
  2. All distributed repositories are replicated to
  3. A signal is sent out to all super agents (whether they host a repo or not)
  4. Each Super Agent sends out a broadcast call on its network segment directing all agents that hear this call to perform an update

So because the super agents send out a broadcast call and broadcast calls are not propagated beyond their network segment you would have to put a super agent on each network segment for this to work but you may not want a distributed repository on each network segment.

Confused? I know I am

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Re: SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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Super agents (sans the repo) are used to propagate super agent broadcast calls. They are used for global updating. Here is how it works:

  1. Something is checked into the master repository that triggers a global update (such as a DAT file)
  2. All distributed repositories are replicated to
  3. A signal is sent out to all super agents (whether they host a repo or not)
  4. Each Super Agent sends out a broadcast call on its network segment directing all agents that hear this call to perform an update

So because the super agents send out a broadcast call and broadcast calls are not propagated beyond their network segment you would have to put a super agent on each network segment for this to work but you may not want a distributed repository on each network segment.

Confused? I know I am

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Re: SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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Thanks for the response!  So, utilizing a SuperAgent (without making it a distributed repository) is only useful if you have Global Updating enabled on the ePO?

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Re: SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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Correct. With global updating disabled super agents sans repository are of no use.

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Re: SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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Excellent!  That answers my question.  Thanks so much for the information!

Re: SuperAgent vs. SuperAgent Distributed Repository

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HI ,

It there any documents to configure the super agent , Kindly provide us the details for the configaration .

Regards

Udayakiran.MN