Desktop Central MSP's Distribution Server technology can help you plan and control bandwidth utilization and associated costs. The Distribution Server located at the remote location synchronizes the Configuration/Patch/Software repositories with the Desktop Central MSP Server located at your Office at specific intervals. Now the WAN agents installed on the desktops at the remote location can download the patch/service pack/software from the Distribution Server locally within the Remote Office LAN. This mechanism clearly addresses the bandwidth related issues and also improves the efficiency and control-level that network managers/administrators can exercise on the remote machines.
You will need to specify all the details under different sections:
If you have installed the Desktop Central MSP Server in your network that is not accessible via internet, you need to configure your external router to NAT the requests to a public IP Address to the IP address of the computer where Desktop Central Server is installed at the appropriate port.
Select the Communication Type as 'Through Distribution Server.
It is recommended to have a dedicated computer as the distribution server with a static IP address. This will facilitate hassle-free communication of the Remote Agents with the Distribution Server.
The HTTP and HTTPS ports for communication between the WAN agents and the Distribution Server. The Distribution Server's default ports for HTTP and HTTPs are 8044 and 8045 respectively. However you can use different ports for the same.
With Replication Policy you can define the following;
Computers to be Managed:
Specify the computer name/IP address of the remote computers you want to manage. Use comma to specify multiple computers. The computer names will be used to automate agent installation using the script. However computer names can given at a later stage also and hence it is not a mandatory field. After specifying all the above details, click Create to create the Distribution Server and WAN agent.
On successful creation of Distribution Server, the Desktop Central MSP Application will display the Customer page. You will find the status as "Yet to Install" for the newly created Distribution Server. Follow the steps given below to proceed with the deployment process:
You have successfully created a remote office with Distribution server. Now the next step is to install Desktop Central MSP agents in computers you want to manage under this remote office.