Maybe I'm wrong but I remeber some time ago we made a test with a customer setting only 1 AH assignement rule includeing all Agent Handlers and ePO and the Load Balancing was made by itself.
As this is not a cluster you don't need any third party load balancer
Hi Laszlo, thanks for your reply.
That's an option I was considering, but if possible, I'd like to find out if load balancing selection is calculated by resource usage (possibly by handler to handler negotiation) when using this configuration (one assignment / use all handlers), or randomization by client selection from the sitelist.
For a little more information, from these two excerpts or any other documentation I have, it's not clear whether a 3rd party load balancer is needed - if not, it didn't seem that selection by resource usage would work by relying on the priority set by the order of AH's listed in group properties.
So a 3rd party LB would only be required if you had Agent Handler servers configured as a cluster? Is that what McAfee documentation is referring to for 'automatic distribution of workload based on resource usage', rather than being a feature of ePO / AH's?
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From ePO 4.6 Help:
Add/Edit Group page
Use this page to add or edit Agent Handler Groups.
Group Name Specifies the name of the Agent Handler Group.
Included Handlers Specifies details about this handler group, including:
* Use load balancer — Automatically distributes the work load of agent communication, based on available Agent Handler resources.
Virtual DNS Name — Specifies the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) agents use when communicating with this Agent Handler Group.
Virtual IP Address — Specifies the IP address agents use to communicate with this Agent Handler group.
Use custom handler list — Specifies which Agent Handler to use, and establishes handler priority within the group.
From ePO 4.6 Product Guide:
Setting up Agent Handler groups
Use this task to set up Agent Handler groups. Handler groups can make it easier to manage multiple
handlers throughout your network, and can play a role in your fallback strategy.
10 Setting up Agent Handlers
Working with Agent Handlers
104 McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator® 4.6.0 Software Product Guide
For option definitions, click ? in the interface.
1 Click Menu | Configuration | Agent Handlers, then in Handler Groups, click New Group.
The Add/Edit Group page appears.
2 Specify the group name and the Included Handlers details, including:
* Click Use load balancer to use a third-party load balancer, then type the Virtual DNS Name and Virtual IP
address fields (both are required).
Click Use custom handler list to specify which Agent Handlers are included in this group.
When using a custom handler list, select the handlers from the Included
Handlers drop-down list. Use + and - to add and remove additional Agent
Handlers to the list (an Agent Handler can be included in more than one
group). Use the drag-and-drop handle to change the priority of handlers.
Priority determines which handler the agents try to communicate with first.
3 Click Save.
Thanks again, J