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What is the difference between Altiris NS, Task server and Site Server??

Created: 14 Sep 2011 • Updated: 17 Jul 2013 | 1 comment
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What is the difference between Altiris NS, Task server and Site Server??

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The Notification Server is the communication in Altiris.  A Notification Server performs all the functions of site servers, including task services, package services, and deployment task handlers.  In order to serve clients in environments with more than 500 managed computers, a site server can be deployed.  A Notification Server handles all the communication between itself and clients, between itself and site servers, between itself and the SQL database, and probably a few other things. 

A site server can run task services, package services, or deployment task handlers.  Package service is deployed so that packages are stored locally at a site.  Rather than download packages from the NS, clients will get it from the site server within their site.  (Network subnets can be defined and assigned to sites, and the sites are assigned to site servers.)  This saves the package from having to travel across the slow, limited bandwidth of a WAN connection.  The task service doesn't have any bandwidth benefits, but increases the scalability of the solution beyond 500 managed computers.  If a site server is running both task and package services, you can also install the deployment task handlers.  This sets up the site server to function as a deployment server, so that clients can boot to PXE, load an automation environment like WinPE, and receive a Ghost image or perform other tasks outside of the production OS.

Does this answer your question?

Mike Clemson, Senior Systems Engineer, ASC
Intuitive Technology Group -- Symantec Platinum Partner