Applies to Kaspersky Security Center 9
Kaspersky Security Center allows building a hierarchy of the networked Administration servers.
Hierarchy is the "master server – slave server" relation between the servers. Each Administration server can have several slave servers. Each of his slave servers can have their own slave servers. And so on and so forth. The number of tiers is unlimited. Administration groups of a master Administration server contain the client computers connected to all his slave servers of all tiers. Thus different parts of a network can be governed by different Administration servers, all of which are governed by a higher tier Administration server.
It is allowed to have virtual slave Administration servers.
A hierarchy of Administration servers can be useful in various aspects:
- It allows redistributing the load (which would be upon a single Server otherwise) between several Administration servers.
- It reduces the amount of internal traffic in the network and facilitates communications between remote offices. There is no need in connecting all the regional client computers directly to the top-tier Server. It is sufficient to install a slave Administration server in each regional office and establish a high speed connection between them and the top-tier Administration server.
- It allows distributing the duties between several antivirus security administrators. At the same time, there remains a possibility of executing all kind of centralized management and monitoring activities related to corporate antivirus security.
- Kaspersky Security Center can be used by service providers. A service provider simply has to install Kaspersky Security Center and Kaspersky Security Center Web-Console. It is possible to include virtual slave Servers into the hierarchy to be able to control a large number of client computers.
Each client computer can only be connected to a single Administration server. It is necessary to control the client computers' connecting to Administration servers. This can be done by searching for computers in administration groups on different Administration servers by network properties.