What is the best number of clients to Image/Scripted Install at once? We notice a large slow down of the KBox when we start adding multiple clients. Also is the K2100 Dual NICs only for failover or can they be teamed up?
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The number of clients to Image or Scripted Install is going to be dependent on your LAN speed (among other factors such as the size of the deployment). You could always use an RSA - even if it's on the same segment as the K2100 - to offset the imaging or scripted installation to a dedicated system.

I don't think the K2100 NICs can be teamed, but you can specify two separate IPs and accept connections on both.
Answered 12/07/2010 by: airwolf
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We do large deployments over night or a weekend. We'll start an image on 30 lab machines and come back after lunch to finish them.

A lot of it depends on how fast you need images to deploy. Sometimes we do a lab in batches of 5. Once 5 finish, we start 5 more and do our finishing work on the origional 5. By the time we're done with our post imaging work, the next five are finished, and the process keeps going.
Answered 12/07/2010 by: bgatech
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How do you accept connections on both NICs.
Answered 12/07/2010 by: jaskelly3578
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In the Network Configuration settings of the K2100, you give the second NIC an IP address. I'm not sure to what extent the second NIC can be used, but for PXE you'd have to use two subnets in order to point one's option 66 to one NIC and the other subnet to the other NIC.
Answered 12/08/2010 by: airwolf
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When both NIC's have an IP address the K2 goes into "Load Splitting"; not "load balancing", but it splits up the work. All system deployment (Upstream and Downstream) happens on the second nic, and all other tasks like UI traffic, uploads from media manager (I think), etc. happen on the primary NIC.

To speak to the original question, there's no magic number- it depends on size of deployment, type of deployment (scripted install vs. system image), speed of network link to K2 AND target stations, network load, and so forth. For most average networks (a vague explanation, I know...) 50 scripted installs might take a couple of hours, where 50 system images might take twice as long depending on the image size and options chosen.

Here's a good Kontinuing Education video we did earlier this year that might help as well:
K1000 KKE's: https://support.software.dell.com/k1000-systems-management-appliance/kb?k=KKE
Answered 12/09/2010 by: cblake
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feature request....
Answered 12/16/2010 by: dyehardfan
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