I think I have a pretty simplistic landesk & network environment that is being needlessly complicated by the LANDESK PREFERRED SERVER functionality of LDMS 9.0 SP3. I'm wondering if someone might be able to explain some problems I am seeing.
currently things look like this:
I have a landesk core server which shouldn't really have anything to do with software distribution packages.
I also have a technology share on a NAS appliance which contains all of my software packages and device drivers.
In order to get HII to work I had to configure the landesk core as a preferred server...I couldn't get HII to compile my device drivers without a preferred server. I though, okay whaterver.
I have no active content replication taking place nor do I want any.
In fact, I really don't want any preferred servers. I simply want my landesk core and my tech share on the NAS and I don't want them to mix.
A while ago things looked like this:
A few months back I remember configuring my tech share to be a preferred server somehow and I don't remember why.
I did not have any content replication taking place; I'm sure of this.
Then about a month ago I deleted all of my preferred servers by mistake and the only one that I rebuilt was the LANDESK CORE because I needed it for HII support.
Here is my problem. I have some software distribution tasks that simply won't run anymore. I think this has to do with preferred servers and the fact that I don't really have any. I recall looking at some log files when I discovered that things were broken and saw that SD tasks were looking to my landesk core as the preferred server and were ignoring the fact that my SD PACKAGES were configured to look at files on my tech share. My work around was to create a delivery method which uses "RUN FROM SOURCE TO DEPLOY FILES" rather than multicast or download from source. This sort of worked but now I am finding more tasks that used to work and now don't. I don't really want to get into more work arounds, instead I want to solve the underlying problem and restore the functionality to tasks which used to work but now don't.
So my questions are these:
Since my tech share IS the preferred location for my SD PACKAGES, and is in fact the only place where they live, is there a way to bypass or turn off the preferred server functionality so that all SD TASKS look to the tech share and no other location?
short of that, is there a way to simply tell landesk that my tech share is a preferred server without having to create some content replication on another server?