The more client devices a network contains, the more distribution points it requires. We recommend that you not disable automatic assignment of distribution points. When automatic assignment of distribution points is enabled, Administration Server assigns distribution points if the number of client devices is quite large and defines their configuration.

Using exclusively assigned distribution points

If you plan to use certain specific devices as distribution points (that is, exclusively assigned servers), you can opt out of using automatic assignment of distribution points. In this case, make sure that the devices that you intend to make distribution points have sufficient volume of free disk space, are not shut down regularly, and have Sleep mode disabled.

Number of exclusively assigned distribution points on a network that contains a single network segment, based on the number of networked devices

Number of client devices in the network segment |
Number of distribution points |
---|---|

Less than 300 |
0 (Do not assign distribution points) |

More than 300 |
Acceptable: (N/10,000 + 1), recommended: (N/5000 + 2), where N is the number of networked devices |

Number of exclusively assigned distribution points on a network that contains multiple network segments, based on the number of networked devices

Number of client devices per network segment |
Number of distribution points |
---|---|

Less than 10 |
0 (Do not assign distribution points) |

10–100 |
1 |

More than 100 |
Acceptable: (N/10,000 + 1), recommended: (N/5000 + 2), where N is the number of networked devices |

Using standard client devices (workstations) as distribution points

If you plan to use standard client devices (that is, workstations) as distribution points, we recommend that you assign distribution points as shown in the tables below in order to avoid excessive load on the communication channels and on Administration Server:

Number of workstations functioning as distribution points on a network that contains a single network segment, based on the number of networked devices

Number of client devices in the network segment |
Number of distribution points |
---|---|

Less than 300 |
0 (Do not assign distribution points) |

More than 300 |
(N/300 + 1), where N is the number of networked devices; there must be at least 3 distribution points |

Number of workstations functioning as distribution points on a network that contains multiple network segments, based on the number of networked devices

Number of client devices per network segment |
Number of distribution points |
---|---|

Less than 10 |
0 (Do not assign distribution points) |

10–30 |
1 |

31–300 |
2 |

More than 300 |
(N/300 + 1), where N is the number of networked devices; there must be at least 3 distribution points |

If a distribution point is shut down (or not available for some other reason), the managed devices in its scope can access the Administration Server for updates.