Installing Servers Consistently Through Replicated Install
When initially setting up a server, SmartStart can access the integration server as the
source of the system software instead of the system software CDs. SmartStart on the
target server connects to the integration server during the Assisted Integration or
Replicated Install interview process. SmartStart examines the integration server to
determine which software is available for installation.
To set up a new target server using an integration server as the software source, refer
to the SmartStart installation poster.
Maintaining Server Software
When you update an existing server located on the same network as the integration
server, the target server may access the integration server using the Integration
Maintenance Utility and apply updated software stored on the integration server.
Other Ways to Minimize the Impact of Changes
A preventive measure for out-of-date drivers is to be aware of the version control
feature of Insight Manager 7 (or previous versions). It checks the versions of
operating system drivers, Insight Management Agents, Diagnostics, and firmware on
the server. The version control option then compares the system versions against a
database of current software and firmware versions, and indicates whether an
upgrade is needed and why.
Design your server setup to minimize the impact of downtime. If possible, divide the
workload between several machines rather than just one. If you can, group users
across different servers in your network. Anticipate the utilization rate and distribute
servers based on that rate.
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