We were deploying patches to a label that has bit over 400 computers and noticed that the actual patching seemed to be going only to about 80-100 computers at once. This slowed down the total patching time a lot and we have been wondering if its possible to tweak the amount of computers being patched at once.

We had quite a lot of patches (~300) being deployed and the patching job has now stretched over two days. Some computers get "stuck" to Windows Welcome screen as they are waiting for KACE to continue patching after reboot, but nothing seems to be happening as I suspect "all the slots are taken".

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The answer is that it greatly depends on several factors.  The K1000's total load (all tasks to all machines, running during the Patching window), your network throughput availability during the window, total number of patches needed by each/all machine(s), etc.

One of the most helpful things you can do is to utilize Replication Shares for all of your locations.  This not only reduces the amount of WAN/LAN bandwidth needed, but perhaps more importantly it also reduces the load on the K1000, and therefore means you can patch many more machines simultaneously!

We've done many excellent KKEs on these topics, that you might take a look at, when you have a few minutes.  You can find them at:  http://www.kace.com/support/training/kke/archive.

Ron Colson

KACE Koach

Answered 03/28/2014 by: ronco
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