Anyone know if it is possible to setup multiple K2000 or K2000 RSA's in a round robin setup?  We are having no luck and are needing to spread the deployment out in order to image more machines within smaller time frames.  Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

 

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We are in our peak imaging now.  I am pushing 17-20 gig wims (as images 32-38gig) everyday.  We will have 3 or 4 classrooms going at one time.  My time from test 30-40 min for deploy goes up to 1 to 2 hrs depending if we are over the wan or local.

See my blogs about extenal wim imaging.  I have one k2100 about 3 years old I am using.

http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/wim-storage-freeing-up-space-on-your-k2000-if-you-are-using-wim-s

http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/do-you-want-to-store-your-wim-s-externally-with-k2000-v3-5-like-we-did-with-3-4

http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/create-dedicated-kbe-s-to-capture-wim-s-and-store-externally-for-k2000-version-3-5

 

Answered 07/11/2013 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Thank you for the links SMal.tmcc. That definitely sounds like something that might work for us. That should help a great deal with the single NIC bandwidth contention we are experiencing.
    • Do not hesitate to post questions or email me.

      This method also allows you to place the wims at the sites so you do not load the backbones. We do about 3500 systems from mid June thru Aug to get ready for classes with 2-3 student workers doing the imaging.

      I produce and test all the masters, we base our academic WIMs on software licensing. I create a standard image, then an alliste, then sites if needed down to single classroom images. I have 25 master images to build this year. Over Christmas break I will restore my masters and update them to do this again for Spring semester.
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Not sure if that can be done, what is the issue you are having?  And how are you deploying your OS's?

Answered 07/10/2013 by: nheyne
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  • We were deploying Windows 7 using the native imaging workaround were we uploaded our WIM file to PETEMP and then created Mid-Level task to deploy said WIM. As we are now beginning to roll out Windows 8, we are attempting to use the built-in WIM support. We don't see much of a difference currently. Since we are only able to image half the machines in a room at a time, and are under serious time constraints, we were thinking we might be able to setup multiple RSA's in each subnet in order to better balance the load.
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It takes some work, but I've seen setups where each subnet had its own RSA to balance load across the network.

Answered 07/10/2013 by: mpace
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  • Also I would suggest upgrading your K2 to at least 3.5 if you haven't yet done so and use native imaging in conjunction with link aggregation. Much faster deployments.
    • We are running 3.5.80613. With our K2000 we are able to push out our standard image to ~12 machines in about an hour. If we attempt 24 machines, it takes about 6 hours. We have multiple buildings each with their own vlan and so we have 1 RSA in each to allow us to image more machines across our campus. The RSA's are up to date as well.
      • How large is your WIM? Are you sure the issue isn't a bandwidth issue? 12/hr sounds very low.
  • Our WIM is 5.6GB. I do believe it is a bandwidth issue, but not at our communication closet level, it is at the single NIC assigned to the K2000 and the RSA's that is slowing us down.
    • Hace you tried plugging in the second NIC and setting up link aggregation? The 3.5 admin guide has details on how to do this.
      • Most areas are setup to use RSA VMs, I didn't think this was possible?
  • RSAs are virtual machines, so that's entirely dependent on your physical host.
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