Using Group Update Providers to distribute content to clients
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 itself and other clients.
One advantage of Group Update Provider use is that it helps you to conserve bandwidth by offloading processing power from the server to the Group Update Provider. Group Update Providers are 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.
You use a LiveUpdate Settings policy to configure Group Update Providers.
Table: Tasks to configure and use Group Update Providers
Understand the differences between the types of Group Update Providers that you can configure
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 in their subnet. An explicit list of Group Update Providers lets clients connect to Group Update Providers that are on subnets other than the client's own subnet. You use the explicit list to map the single Group Update Providers and multiple Group Update Providers to the client subnets.
The types of Group Update Provider that you choose to configure depends on your network and the clients on that network.
See About the types of Group Update Providers.
See About the effects of configuring more than one type of Group Update Provider in your network.
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 on the Logs tab of the page.
See Troubleshooting communication problems between the management server and the client.
Configure Group Update Providers in one or more LiveUpdate Settings policies
You configure Group Update Providers by specifying in the LiveUpdate Settings policy. You can configure a single Group Update Provider, an explicit list of Group Update Providers, or multiple Group Update Providers.
See Configuring Group Update Providers.
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 and explicit lists of 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.