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Configuring DeployStudio 101: Part 2

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Mattias

Great stuff!
However, it’s too bad the Multicasting part is not handled here. My experience is that the deployment process is pretty slow, when the DS repository is located on the local hard drive. I have chosen to locate the DS repository on a (synology) SAN and this has speed up the process a lot!
Our images are about 7-8 GB and the deployment part only takes about two minutes! Where in the old situation it could take up to an hour. I’m still not sure what caused this but it has crossed my mind that Multicasting could be the solution.

Mattias

Great stuff!
However, it’s too bad the Multicasting part is not handled here. My experience is that the deployment process is pretty slow, when the DS repository is located on the local hard drive. I have chosen to locate the DS repository on a (synology) SAN and this has speed up the process a lot!
Our images are about 7-8 GB and the deployment part only takes about two minutes! Where in the old situation it could take up to an hour. I’m still not sure what caused this but it has crossed my mind that Multicasting could be the solution.

Hi Mattias,
Thanks for the reply.
I’m afraid I’ve not had too much experience with the multicasting and what I have wasn’t the best so I tend to avoid it. To be honest most, if not all of our installs will have the deployment data and netboot images / caches on a non-OS volume, and with gigabit Ethernet it always comes in as ‘good enough’.
Currently we’ve moved to more of a minimalistic imaging approach (at most, laying down an OS, some sort of enrolment (Casper) or set of local tools (Munki) plus the configuration for these) which means that the time a device needs to be netbooted is drastically reduced.
Thanks again for your reply!
Darren

Hi Mattias,
Thanks for the reply.
I’m afraid I’ve not had too much experience with the multicasting and what I have wasn’t the best so I tend to avoid it. To be honest most, if not all of our installs will have the deployment data and netboot images / caches on a non-OS volume, and with gigabit Ethernet it always comes in as ‘good enough’.
Currently we’ve moved to more of a minimalistic imaging approach (at most, laying down an OS, some sort of enrolment (Casper) or set of local tools (Munki) plus the configuration for these) which means that the time a device needs to be netbooted is drastically reduced.
Thanks again for your reply!
Darren

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