A Satellite is a device that can perform certain roles that a ZENworks Primary Server normally performs. A Satellite can be any managed Windows device (server or workstation), but not a Primary Server. A Satellite can also be an unmanaged Linux device (server or workstation). When you configure a Satellite, you specify which roles it performs (Authentication, Collection, Content or Imaging). A Satellite can also perform roles that might be added by third-party products that are snap-ins to the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management framework. For more information about the tasks you can perform on Satellites, see Section 7.0, Satellites.
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An Authentication role identifies a managed device that is able to authenticate devices to the ZENworks Management Zone. When you set up a device to function with a Authentication role, you must specify a Primary Server as its parent.
A Content role identifies a managed device that is able to distribute content (bundles, policies, system updates, and patches) to other devices. When you set up a device to function with a Content role, you must specify a Primary Server as its parent. The device with the Content role receives all content from its parent Primary Server.
A Collection role causes a managed device to collect inventory information, messages (errors, warning, informational, and so forth), and policy and bundle statuses, then rolls that information up to its parent Primary Server, which in turn either writes to the database directly or passes the information on to its parent Primary Server, which does the database writing.
An Imaging role causes a managed device to take and restore images within as well as across subnets by using unicast or multicast imaging.