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Can you use multiple automation servers with SCCM as well?

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We are currently using multiple Automation servers with WSUS and it's working great. Can you do this same thing with SCCM 2007? Would there be any benefits for this?

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You can certainly utilize automation servers with SCCM 2007. The actual benefits will depend on the architecture of the deployment itself. A couple of questions I typically ask whenever determining a need for additional auto servers:

  1. Are you running a lot of "on demand" task such as computer inventory, and need them to finish quicker?
  2. Do you have geographically diverse locations you are managing?

Some additional information on automation servers from the page 145 of the Patch Manager Administrator Guide

Scenarios that warrant deploying additional Automation role servers are the most

common when implementing Patch Manager in large or distributed networks.

Patch Manager uses Automation role servers to initiate RPC/WMI connections to

remote systems. When you deploy additional Automation role servers, Patch

Manager can target more systems simultaneously. Furthermore, when you

deploy Automation role servers closer to the remote systems they manage, the

RPC/WMI connection has to travel a lesser distance.

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Thanks David. I was just wondering what specific advantages using automation server for SCCM over WSUS. We don't have a distributed network but we do have other domains that make things interesting. Thanks for the info!

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You can certainly utilize automation servers with SCCM 2007. The actual benefits will depend on the architecture of the deployment itself. A couple of questions I typically ask whenever determining a need for additional auto servers:

  1. Are you running a lot of "on demand" task such as computer inventory, and need them to finish quicker?
  2. Do you have geographically diverse locations you are managing?

Some additional information on automation servers from the page 145 of the Patch Manager Administrator Guide

Scenarios that warrant deploying additional Automation role servers are the most

common when implementing Patch Manager in large or distributed networks.

Patch Manager uses Automation role servers to initiate RPC/WMI connections to

remote systems. When you deploy additional Automation role servers, Patch

Manager can target more systems simultaneously. Furthermore, when you

deploy Automation role servers closer to the remote systems they manage, the

RPC/WMI connection has to travel a lesser distance.

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