Chris Graulich

Advice sought--appliance or physical server for 2nd primary?

Currently running ZCM 11.4.3 on a 2012R2 physical server, embedded database.
This is the only primary. Upgrading to ZCM 2017 shortly.

In order to have some redundancy, we are planning to add a 2nd primary. So
we were looking to see what the advice might be---set up another physical server
(we have one available) or do the appliance?

Any thoughts most welcome!
Regards, Chris G
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Re: Advice sought--appliance or physical server for 2nd prim

With its small footprint (compared to full blown OS) and that it doesn't consume an OS license, I'd recommend the Appliance as a 2nd primary. Though I would say the upgrade process is a little easier on a full OS (like on a physical machine). I might recommend going to ZCM 2017 first and then add the 2017 Appliance as a 2nd primary server.

Note, if the system with the embedded database goes down, the zone and ZENworks goes down. For more redundancy, you could potentially go to an external database.
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Re: Advice sought--appliance or physical server for 2nd prim

Do you manage other Linux Servers?
If not, I would stick with a Windows Server....though you could make it virtual.
Of course if you want to add a Linux Server to your mix for personal Appliance is a good way to get started...........
Virtual Primaries require their memory to be set to dedicated as a heads up due to the way Java works and the fact primaries make heavy use of Java.
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