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 CapaInstaller 5


Minimum Hardware Requirements

This document describes the general guidelines for deciding CapaInstaller hardware requirements

Prerequisites

A basic understanding of the CapaInstaller platform, infrastructure and hardware components is needed.

Requirements

The hardware requirements described in this section cover the minimum recommended setup for managing a CapaInstaller environment with the volume presented below:

Managed devices

2500

Managed users

2500

Applications

250

Operating system images

10


Management Server / OS Point Server

The Management and OS Point server contains the master copy of packages, OS Images, configurations and runs the

 CapaInstaller Services...

 Introduction

The administrative services that is included in the CapaInstaller product is described below


Back-end Service

The Back-end Server is a http service offering a REST http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representational_state_transfer interface and is designed to be the point of connection for other CapaInstaller services that requires acces to the CapaInstaller Database or an Active Directory.

Data Connection Service

The Data Connection Service is used to provide http communcation to services placed outside the primary firewall, instead of having to allow SMB and SQL server traffic to travel through the firewall.

DHCPproxy service

Front-end Service

Mobile Device Management Service

OS Deployment Service

Patch Management Service

Replicator Service

Service Installation Service Health Check Service

Simple Certificate Enrollment Service

Synchronization Service

Service Deployment

Offline deployment of services


Hardware

Hardware requirements for a CapaInstaller server setup serving up to 2500 simultaneous operating devices

TypeClass#Value
ChipsetServer class

Bus: =< 1600 MHz

CPUXeon 5140 or above2 coreCPU: =< 2,5 GHz
MemoryDDR3 or above8GBRam: =< 1066MHz
NetworkGigabitSingle NIC1000mbps
Disk

Server class

15000 rpm or SSD

2 Disks

System+OS: Min 60GB disk space

PointData: Min 750 GB disk space



Subsequent Management / OS Point Server

Additional servers can be added to facilitate Capainstaller services and resources to clients in local networks.

Disk requirement can be altered for such servers as CapaInstaller can limit the replication of data to specific packages, drivers and images.

The minimum requirements should still be observed as downscaling of memory and cpu usage is not linear.


Software

For detailed software requirements see Software Requirements

SQL Server

The SQL Server holds information about objects (packages, OS images, units, configurations, etc.) and their relations.

For best performance it is recommended to separate the SQL data and SQL log files on separate disks.


Hardware

CPU

Min. 1 Xeon Quad Core 2.5 GHz

Memory

8 GB

Allocated disk space C: (OS)

Min. 40 GB

Allocated disk space D: (SQL Data)

Min. 20 GB

Allocated disk space E: (SQL Logs)

Min. 10 GB

Network

Min. 1 Gbit



SQL server Best Practises

Before setting up a Database server for CapaInstaller, be aware of the Best Practises for correctly configured Allocation Unit Size and Partition Offset to maximise disk performance.


WSUS Server

CapaInstaller uses a WSUS setup with a WSUS main server and a number of WSUS replica servers. The WSUS replica servers are implemented to spread the load when updates are released.

Hardware

The physical hardware requirements for a server that holds both the Management/OS Points and the Management/OS Servers are:

CPU

Single Xeon Quad Core 2.4 GHz

Memory

4 GB

Allocated disk space C: (OS)

Min. 40 GB

Allocated disk space D: (WSUS Data)

Min. 200 GB

Network

Min. 1 Gbit


Supported Hypervisors

  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware ESXi


Virtualization Best Practises

Be sure to be aware of general Virtualization Best Practices before deciding to virtualize a CapaInstaller host server.

Several key concepts regarding performance on any hypervisor should be considered:


  • Be sure to adhere to virtualization best practises to avoid Resource Contention when scaling your virtual infrastructure.
     

  • Please observe the concepts of CPU and Memory Contention, CPU Overcommitment or CPU/Memory Oversubscription when scaling the virtual guest assigned for CapaInstaller.
     

  • Allocate dedicated storage ressources to your CapaInstaller and Database guest machines to avoid I/O Bottlenecks during intensive I/O operations

  • Avoid running CapaInstaller or Database from a single simple Local Host Bus Adapter as the Hypervisor will utilize much needed CPU resources to handle I/O operations. Use a dedicated controller connecting to either a Storage Area Network or Network Attached Storage to lower the strain on the Hypervisor CPU


  • Consider NIC Teaming when configuring the Hypervisor virtual networks to maximize throughput and avoid high Network I/O Latency when multiple virtual guests share the same network interface with the CapaInstaller and Database server.


 

Licenses

For each Windows server a valid operating system license is required.


For the SQL Server, a processor license or individual Client Access Licenses (CALs) are required. If CALs are used, a CAL must be purchased for each user/computer that will access the database.
The following components in CapaInstaller require a CAL:

  • All servers in the CapaInstaller solution
  • All computers running the CapaInstaller Agent
  • Each computer/user accessing the CMS console application


If a processor license is purchased, client connections are unlimited, and no CALs are needed.

Certificates

To allow secure communication through SSL/HTTPS, a server certificate must be purchased (wildcard * certificates are supported).

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