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I am using super agents as distributed repositories in our locations worldwide
and yes, it is that easy.
just change the CMA / MA policy for that PC (I am using servers, because the repository should be available, you can also use a PC which is turned on all the time):
1.) convert agent to superagent
2.) wait until it is recognized as a superagent
3.) enable the option that it should be used as a distributed repository and enter the path where you would like the files to be stored
3.) replicate the master to the distributed repository
what I am also doing is: I configure the agents just to use the repository at their location for the update, but you can leave all repositories in the agent-configuration and let him decide by ping (latency) which repository they should use
So the repositories don't need to have an SQL DB ? Just enough disk space (and bandwidth) ?
Considering the bandwidth being the problem (bottleneck) between the main server and the remote locations, how do you cope with uploading updates or new software (several MB worth of data) through a 512K line ? Even if we do this during the night (worldwide night?)
When i was setting up our EPO 4.0 config and our repos (we have about 240). Im sure the Tier 3 engineer said the only differance in converting them to SA was the encryption it uses.
a superagent repository just needs disk space and bandwidth, thats correct
do the locations have their own internet-access?
if yes, you should think about using "McAfee AutoUpdate Architect" to create distributed repositories
you should be able to add these to your ePO configuration.
but I am not sure how to do all of this, since we provide internet access to our worldwide locations only from our headquarters.
we are also using some optimizers to reduce the traffic and in the worst case we could also do it without optimizers, because we have enough bandwidth
Thanks for (all) your answer(s)
Like you, we provide internet access to our worldwide locations only from our headquarters (rather we centralise access for some reasons). General bandwidth isn't normally a problem, just for a few locations with 512K lines.