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  • 1.  Constrained Package Servers

    Posted 09-10-2020 02:44 AM
    Hi all,

    Reading up on constrained package servers and found this article from last year: https://knowledge.broadcom.com/external/article?legacyId=tech252734

    It says that constrained package servers without an explicitly designated unconstrained package server source will wait four hours before contacting the NS directly to acquire a package it could not otherwise receive.

    Previously, package replication happened via CEM using a SWD policy which would toggle the Force CEM Gateway registry entry for a few hours each night, but that key has not worked since upgrading to 8.5 RU3, and I've not been able to find an alternative measure.

    Is there a way to extend this timeout, or better still, a way to prevent it entirely? (Short of disabling the Altiris Agent!)
    We have some quite isolated satellite sites in need of careful bandwidth management and standard constraint functionality - which was already problematic, since uPS assigned to constrained sites would sometimes serve requests from clients at the constrained site and create exactly the bandwidth problems we sought to avoid - is no longer fit for purpose.

    Any advice would be appreciated.


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  • 2.  RE: Constrained Package Servers

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted 09-11-2020 02:42 AM
    Do you mean "Prefer Secure Gateway Connect" entry? This entry should be working as before in the latest RU3 hot fix or RU4. 
    You could also use throttling periods to limit the traffic.
    You could also use blockout functionality to prevent communications to servers instead of disabling Altiris agent.
    Have you tried those? What were the problems?