Presents best practices for the software distribution using the scalable distribution infrastructure (SDI) solution provided with Tivoli Provisioning Manager version 188.8.131.52 with focus on the Dynamic Content Delivery component.
IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager provides an infrastructure solution for scalable software distribution, inventory collection, and various other features, which enables the management of large numbers of target computers in a variety of topologies. One of the scalable distribution infrastructure (SDI) components is the IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Dynamic Content Delivery application, which is a distributed, grid-like service that enables you to efficiently distribute large files around your network.
This whitepaper recommends Tivoli Provisioning Manager configuration settings for the Dynamic Content Delivery component that can improve software distribution performance for typical network topologies. The goal of these settings is to minimize network traffic across slow WAN links during software distribution, decrease dependency on dedicated server machines, maximize distribution speed and decrease overall distribution time.
This whitepaper will provide an architectural overview of SDI and briefly discuss each of the components of SDI. Note that this is not intended to be a comprehensive architecture document. SDI exploits the Dynamic Content Delivery component for file deployment.
There are some key factors in making effective use of the Dynamic Content Delivery. It is very important to have a deep understanding of your network topology and know exactly how the data should flow. All distribution targets, including depot servers, need to have a location from which to pull the data.
Network discontinuities and network bandwidth directly impact the success and performance of software distribution. The Dynamic Content Delivery component needs to be configured according to the network topology and desired flow of data. The location of the Dynamic Content Delivery depots and their network availability to the target endpoints ultimately determines the success of the software distribution.
For a basic understanding of the Dynamic Content Delivery performance, we will focus on key Dynamic Content Delivery terms and points of scalability. We will explore common network topologies and provide advice about the Dynamic Content Delivery configuration to choose, based on the size of the environment to be managed.
We will also show you how to use the DcdAdmin automation package to configure the Dynamic Content Delivery for a large number of devices. For some network topologies, you can only configure the Dynamic Content Delivery using this automation package provided with Tivoli Provisioning Manager version 184.108.40.206.
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