Configuring Group Update Providers to distribute content
A Group Update Provider is a client computer that you designate to locally distribute content updates to clients. A Group Update Provider downloads content updates from the management server and distributes the updates to clients.
A Group Update Provider helps you conserve bandwidth by offloading processing power from the server to the Group Update Provider.
A Group Update Provider is ideal for delivering content updates to clients that have limited network access to the server. You can use a Group Update Provider to conserve bandwidth to clients in a remote location over a slow link. Setting up a Group Update Provider is easier than setting up an internal LiveUpdate server. Group Update Providers are less resource-intensive and so reduce the load on the management servers.
Table: Managing Group Update Providers
Understand the differences between a single Group Update Provider and multiple Group Update Providers
A single Group Update Provider is a dedicated client computer that provides content for one or more groups of clients. Multiple Group Update Providers use a set of rules, or criteria, to elect themselves to serve groups of clients across subnets. Whether you choose a single Group Update Provider or multiple Group Update providers depends on your network and the clients on that network.
See About the types of Group Update Providers.
See About configuring rules for multiple Group Update Providers.
Verify client communication
Before you configure Group Update Providers, verify that the clients can receive content updates from the server. Resolve any client-server communication problems.
You can view client-server activity in the System logs.
See Troubleshooting communication problems between the management server and the client.
Configure Group Update Providers
You configure Group Update Providers by specifying settings in the LiveUpdate Settings policy. You can configure a single Group Update Provider or multiple Group Update Providers.
See Configuring a Group Update Provider.
Assign the LiveUpdate Settings policy to groups
You assign the LiveUpdate Settings policy to the groups that use the Group Update Providers. You also assign the policy to the group in which the Group Update Provider resides.
For a single Group Update Provider, you assign one LiveUpdate Settings policy per group per site.
For multiple Group Update Providers, you assign one LiveUpdate Settings policy to multiple groups across subnets.
See Assigning a policy to a group.
Verify that clients are designated as Group Update Providers
You can view the client computers that are designated as Group Update Providers. You can search client computers to view a list of Group Update Providers. You can also click a client computer on the Clients page and view its properties to see whether or not it is a Group Update Provider.
See Searching for the clients that act as Group Update Providers.