I have 170 remote sites that will be managed by ePO. Each of these sites will have it's own SuperAgent repository due to enormous bandwidth constraints. (Rural Australia)
Currently, I have deployed to 20 of these sites.
Already we are having great difficulty replicating Distributed Repository data each night through the ePO - with distributed repository replication task timing out and failing for a variety of reasons which McAfee support has all attributed to bandwidth.
The solution provided to us by Support is to manually schedule a repository replication task for each site, making sure they don't overlap.
This is pretty unfeasible and not an adequate solution for our needs.
The master repository is in a Data Center with a good connection (in relative terms)
Despite this we are unable to get more than 2-3 sites pulling repository data down simultaneously, and with 170 sites at 40+ minutes per pull that does not leave enough time in the day to get each site up to date.
We have plenty of other data synchronization going from other servers in our Central Environment, and these suites have no issues replicating gigabytes of data on a daily schedule.
It seems very unfortunate that you cannot put randomization onto your scheduled server tasks in ePO, as I believe I could get around our replication issues by running a replication task for all the SA's a few times a day with a large randomization interval.
With all of this out of the way, the real question:
Is it possible to manually replicate the master repository to your SA distributed repository sites?
Say for example, using Robocopy. I can easily write a script to robocopy the repository to each site in a series, and with the robust nature of the tool we can overcome any issues of bandwidth throttling and fluctuating latency.
I have not found any information on this and would love to get an outside opinion before I start messing with it.
Is there anything specific about the way the repositories are replicated by ePO which would prevent me copying the data myself?
If not, where would I copy the data from?
Can I simply copy a working 100% up to date SuperAgent repository from one SA over the top of the repository on all other SA's?
Is there a specific file at each site which would need tweaking or excluded from being overwritten?
Will the agents at the site recognize the local repository as up to date and OK to use?
Thanks for your time and consideration