A Satellite is a managed device that can perform some of the roles that a ZENworks Primary Server normally performs, including authentication, information collection, content distribution, and imaging. 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) that has the ZENworks Agent for Linux installed. For more information, see ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Installation Guide and ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Discovery, Deployment, and Retirement Reference.
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.
NOTE:The Imaging Satellite role is not supported for Windows 2000.
You might, for example, create a Satellite in a location across a slow WAN link and create Closest Server rules to offload one or more roles from the Primary Server to the newly created Satellite to improve the performance of your ZENworks system.
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