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Multicasting?

One of our tech guys wants to do software updates on the LAN to several clients at a time. I can see where the server will have to send mutliple copies of this update since it has to reach different users. Is there not a way to use Multicasting so the server only needs to send ONE copy and then it gets dispersed at the appropriate switch? I am not currently doing any VLANs or routing on this LAN.

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Re: Multicasting?

Yes you can use multicasting in this case.

To use multicasting, not only your network should be configured for multicasting, but also your client and server should support multicasting.

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Re: Multicasting?

Thanks. Have you done this? In all of the documentation, it talks about using routers, etc. I only have one router (for wan access) and the rest is switches. How does Multicasting work in these cases?

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Re: Multicasting?

Norton Ghost Enterprise Edition does use multicasting for getting/sending images, but it doesn't sound like you want to image complete disks-at-once.

What kind of updates is he looking to do, and does he (or you) have any specific applications in mind for doing it?

Managing the multicasts is less-than rocket science, writing applications to do the multicast is a different story...

Scott

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