We are buying an additional K1. We want to stick with an 8 hour check-in since we have communicated to our users that is what they can expect.  It's a long story, and I don't really want to get into the details on that. I'm stuck with eight hours.

So we have about 6,000 machines that we patch, and push MIs. We have about 12,000 that have the agent just for inventory purposes, and the occasional install from the user portal. All of these rely on the eight hour check-in, so ORGs are out of the question. So our plan is to get this additional K1. We will have one that will manage those 6,000 machines, and another that will manage those 12,000. This way we can still maintain the eight hours without overloading the K1. 

My problem is are users are used to going to a specific URL to get their software (user portal). I do not want to let our users know if you are on one of these 6,000 then you go here. If you are on one of these 12,000 then you go here. I thought about leaving the URL the same for the 12,000. For the 6,000 I've looked at modifying the hosts file to point to the new server even though they are entering the exisiting URL. In testing this has worked when pointing to my virtual K1. The only problem I can see that I cannot test at the moment is if there will be an issue with SSL since I do not have that enabled on my VM.

I know this is a really off the wall setup, and I do not think there's a lot of info out there for it? Does anyone have any better ideas on how to accomplish this?

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  • are the 6000 and 12000 on independent DNS domains/servers?
    • No. All the same DNS unfortunately.
      • This may also be done at the router level based on subnets, depending on the complexity of your router. It took about 10 days for the new hardware to arrive after they emailed the keys to us in Feb 14.
      • They're scattered machines. One machine might be one of the 6K while the machine right next to it might be part of the 12K. They'll share subnets.
  • I like the idea of editing the hosts file. I honestly do not know if that will work for SSL.

    Is it really an issue to just tell your clients which k1000 to go to for software?

    Did Dell have any suggestions? I know (based on the recent Dell SUF) there are a few customers out there that have thousands of clients that are in the same situation as you.

    Also, since you are editing the kbox you may want to consider creating an entry for "kbox" as when the kace agent forgets where to go it defaults to trying to connect to "kbox"
    • Yes unfortunately it is in an issue. If it were that easy trust me I would. I changed the name of a shortcut last month, and sent out the appropriate communication two weeks prior. You would be amazed at the amount of calls that generated.

      I did email Dell, and waiting on a reply back. We just received the licenses for this additional one, so I'm assuming the server isn't too far behind.

      I have done the entry for "kbox" already, but I'm guessing now that might be another kink I need to look at. I guess I can at least get it to one of the Kbox's and manage it from there.
      • We only have 950 clients (mostly MACs and PCs) and deal with a lot of issues where clients go MIA. I am curious at the number of nodes you have, if this (MIA clients) is a huge problem?
      • Not that I'm aware of. Part of the reason we have to stick with an 8 hour check in is because we actually have a check for the agent in our proxy. I have a php script that querys the IP table in the database. It then exports this list of IPs to our proxy server. If your IP is not on that list you get no internet. So they should identify themselves pretty quickly if so.

        I have had a couple of calls when users do not have have the agent at all. The tech promises that they have installed it, but I see no signs of it. I generally do not interface with the user so I'm not sure who is telling the truth.

        I have a GPO that pushes out the agent, plus using the provisioning for updates on the K1. I manage the images for the 6,000 machines, and the agent is included. For all others the techs build their images, and I'm assuming it's in there. If not GPO should get it.
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I ended up creating an offline script that will move my machines in certain labels to this additional K1. 

@echo off
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\KACE\AMPTools.exe" -resetconf host=kbox2.domain.org
rem #### HOSTS FILE ######
set hostspath=%windir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
echo kace.domain.org >> %hostspath%

After this ran everything worked correctly, but I did have an issue with SSL. Since I was navigating to kace.domain.org, and being redirected via HOSTS file I receieved a name mismatch error. I corrected this by generating a SANs cert for all possible names that I would navigating to. I followed the link below with the exception of the openssl.conf file. 



I changed 

[ v3_req ]
# Extensions to add to a certificate request basicConstraints = CA:FALSE keyUsage = nonRepudiation, digitalSignature, keyEncipherment subjectAltName = @alt_names

to this

[ v3_req ] subjectAltName = @alt_names
Answered 04/22/2014 by: dugullett
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