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ALtiris client network Setup

Created: 09 Apr 2012 | 8 comments

Hi,

This is Madhu, very new to this Altiris.

We have our client systems located in three Locations.

Earlier we hava individual Altiris Servers on each Location(So that we used to have 3 Altiris Servers).

Now we thought of having a Centralized server on which Altiris needs to be upgraded to 6.9SP5MR1.

Upto my knowledge for capturing the client images through Altiris DS Console, the Client and the Altirid Server needs to be on same Subnet.

Due to company policies we should not have VLAN for all the Client systems and the Altiris Server.

Will it Work?

Any suggestions on this please?

Thanks,

Madhu

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Ben Shorehill's picture

DS will work across subnets, it's just a question of how fast the links are between the server and the endpoint. The only issue is how to fire up the automation. You will either need to install a PXE server in the client subnet or resort to boot disks/automation partitions.

Ben Shorehill

madhunature41@gmail.com's picture

HI Ben,

Thanks for your reply.

I have the PXE Server installed on the DS Server only.

AS per my understanding this server should be in the same subnet of client systems.

As we have our clients spread across diffeternt newtqorks, does a VLAN serve our purpose?

Thanks,

Madhu

Ben Shorehill's picture

PXE, like DHCP will only really work on the local subnet. So you will either need to install the PXE component on each subnet or install automation partitions on each endpoint.

Ben Shorehill

Zac H's picture

Isn't that reply kind of misleading?  DHCP and/or PXE don't have to be on the same subnet.  Obviously the broadcasts don't exactly "work" without help, but who puts a DHCP server on every subnet?

madhunature41@gmail.com's picture

Hi Zac,

What exactly u meant by "the broadcasts don't exactly "work" without help,"?

Let me know in detail..

Thanks,

Madhu

Ben Shorehill's picture

Fair point Zac. 

I was thinking in terms of low hanging fruit, Automation might be the easier option here.

Ben Shorehill

Zac H's picture

I just realized that we're talking about NS6, which I have no knowledge of.  Whoops.  Proceed... ;)

Wirehead's picture

You can use IP-Helpers to point any subnet to the PXE server (this is the prefered way of doing it). Depending on the size of you locations and speed of WAN lines, normaly 1 site server per location (with pxe/packages/images) will be a good idea.