Deploying System Images and Scripted Installations in remote locations across a Wide Area Network (WAN) or to locations where the network connection is slower can be time-consuming and even problematic. That’s why Dell KACE provides K2000 Remote Site Appliances (RSA) to act as a distribution point and store the deployments and all supporting files locally at each site/subnet/etc.
The minimum system requirements at each location you need an RSA are:
- Host Machine with VMWare Platform (Fusion, Workstation, Player, ESXi, vSphere, etc.)
- 250GB free space for the Virtual Machine RSA
- 2 GHz processor
- 4 GB of RAM
RSA’s can be downloaded from the Kace Production Appliance Support page, or directly from your K2000 in the Deployments—>Remote Sites tab. During setup, use the same license key as your K2000, and the same administrator password when configuring the RSA. You can also set up LDAP authentication at the remote site similar to the K2000. Note that users are managed separately by the K2000 and the RSAs, so it is possible to grant access to one but not the other. Follow the RSA setup instructions in the Getting Started section of the K2000 Administrator’s Guide for details. Once the Virtual RSA is accessible you must link the K2000 and the RSA and define the RSA as a remote site in the K2000. After the RSA is configured and linked to the K2000- network boots must be directed to the RSA (instead of your K2000) on the remote DHCP scopes.
Next, select the Library items and Deployments to be available for deployment at the remote site:
- Scripted Installations and System Images: Only sync items you plan to deploy at the remote site. You do not need to synchronize all deployments. Pre and Post Installation Tasks used by the Deployment are considered dependencies, therefore they are automatically pushed to the RSA. Note: For images that use the Native Imaging Tool Kit Plug-in, you must also set and configure the Image Sync tool (see the Native Imaging Toolkit manual for details).
- Drivers: Sync drivers for operating systems that you are deploying at the remote site. Drivers from both the shares, “drivers” and “drivers_postinstall” are replicated.
- K2000 Boot Environments: Always sync the KBE you set as default on the General Settings page, this KBE is required when you set Boot Actions. Also, sync any other KBE that you may might want to use at the remote site.