We are new to KACE and trying to design the best way to setup replication shares across the enterprise. 

  • Companywide will be 5,500+  users
  • 10 divisions
  • 60+ locations around the world
  • 50MB MPLS WAN, 1GB LAN to desktops, core routers, switches and servers on 10GB
Some sites only have 10-15 PCs while other locations have 500+ on the same LAN. 
Is there a recommend numbers of machines per share? Would we need  more than one RS for a single site with over 500 PCs? Scope is for both patching and software deployment. 
Answer Summary:
Looks like we only need 1 RS per LAN (which means each location). We have servers at every site but we may need to get more HDD space on some.
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YOu need a few things at each site 

1. Machine with an Agent (server prefered but small sites could get away using a desktop or workstation)

2. A shared out folder (local and share permissions set accordingly)

3. Hard drive space to handle the amount of data you plan on replicating

 

Recommended number is based on the OS that is going to handle the share and concurrent connections. For the small office you could get away with a Desktop (XP is 10 concurrent). For that larger office you probably want to use a server there so it can handle more connections from the agents. 

You have to also think about bandwidth between the site and KBOX. It doesn't seem like an issue from your desciption though. You won't need more then one RS per site unless you want to do that yourself. The goal for RS is to make sure those machines don't pull across the WAN. 

Answered 05/21/2013 by: nshah
Red Belt

  • If licensing is an issue, a replication share can run on Ubuntu as well. I'm pretty sure it will run on any supported OS, but haven't tested past Windows and Ubuntu.
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Hello,

I don't really have good advice in terms of networking and still fairly new to KACE myself. What exactly do you mean by replication shares? Are these shares being stored on KACE itself? I am curious because we maybe having a similar setup ourselves with KACE.

Answered 05/21/2013 by: Nithilium
Senior Yellow Belt

  • To better manage network bandwidth and speed of patching/software deployment KACE can use 'replication shares.' It is simply a shared network folder or drive that stores copies of software deployments and patching. You want to place these at remote sites and configure groups of computers in KACE to use the 'local' replication share when updating software. Imagine trying to push 200 copies of MS office across your WAN at the same time. Anywhere you have remote locations with more than a handful of PCs, you will need replication shares configure locally for those sites.
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