4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2017 10:38 AM by jParnell

    Self Electing PXe possible problem

    MrGadget Expert

      After watching the latest webinar on Windows 10 migration and Management Suite 2016.3, it explains the new Self-electing Pxe. If I understand it correctly you don't designate a Pxe Rep anymore but send out a agent that has the Pxe box checked in the client connectivity (I think) and all those computers will be eligible for getting elected a Pxe Rep.

       

      That will not work for me, we have Students testing at different times during the year and also don't know which computers (over 8000) will be utilized. While testing if anything runs on the computer it will kick them out of testing.

       

      So to get around this I would have to push a agent out to all computers except one with the Pxe box unchecked.  Check the box to send to the one Pxe Rep I choose. Well that won't fly either, with as many computers we have they are on at varying times from every day to once every 3 or 4 months and if some testing computer gets used that has not gotten the agent with Pxe unchecked box then there will be hell to pay. I have at least 2000 computers that have not gotten the last updated agent since I pushed it out in August.

       

      Therefore I will not be upgrading from 9.5 SP3 to 2016 until something can be done about this.  Any thoughts?

        • 1. Re: Self Electing PXe possible problem
          MarXtar ITSMMVPGroup

          Hi,

           

          You don't actually need to push out a new agent, you send an different Agent Setting to a system you want to be a PXE Rep. Far less overhead when compared to pushing an agent. Have your default agent configuration use an agent setting with this option disabled as that will prevent them from ever becoming a rep, and then have one setting purely for use on systems that you would like to act as representatives.

           

          You don't explain how you do things today. If you can't guarantee what device will be online at any one time how do you choose a rep today?

           

          Mark McGinn

          MarXtar Ltd/MarXtar Corporation

          http://ivantione.marxtar.com

          Ivanti One Development Partner

          • 2. Re: Self Electing PXe possible problem
            MrGadget Expert

            Under Landesk 9.5 SP3 you run a script that pushes out the Pxe files to whatever computer you want and we have a dedicated computer at each subnet.

            With self-electing if you don't have all but one computers with pxe disabled (so to speak)  The one you want designated won't be the only one that can be chosen as a pxe rep.

            As I pointed out before, I have about 2000 computers that don't have the latest agent right now and any one or more could be turned on any day now and I have been pushing the new agent since August.

            • 3. Re: Self Electing PXe possible problem
              MarXtar ITSMMVPGroup

              In that case then you should edit the agent setting that your default agent configuration is using so that all of these clients get a disabled PXE option.

               

              Have you checked if this option is actually enabled? It is generally disabled by default, so just check if it was actually changed.

               

               

              If it is disabled, then you can create a duplicate of the agent setting, enable the PXE option and send it only to the devices you would choose to use as PXE reps (they could be a different agent configuration if you really want) then it will behave pretty much as before, only these dedicated devices will ever be selected as PXE reps.

               

              Mark McGinn

              MarXtar Ltd/MarXtar Corporation

              http://ivantione.marxtar.com

              Ivanti One Development Partner

              • 4. Re: Self Electing PXe possible problem
                jParnell Specialist

                I think I'm failing to see what the problem is... Have 2 separate agents, one with PXE, one without. If your designated PXE machine is off, push the PXE agent to another one on the same subnet that is not off, and push the standard one to the one that is. In theory, as soon as the one comes back on and checks in, PXE will be disabled. This is a very similar method of managing your PXE reps as the current method, only more versatile.

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