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cdubs76
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Linux - Multiple Beacons for initial policy

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Good morning,

I've done some searching and found multiple  posts, but i'm thinking there's a simpler way.  I have to put together Windows and Linux packages to deliver to a Cloud OPS team that is putting the FlexNet agent into some AWS AMIs.   The way it is set up, the instances that are spun up could talk to one of 3 possible beacons, depending on what zones they come up in.  The windows agent was easy enough---i added some extra registry settings to the bootstrap and it worked as figured.

I've done a few deployments with the linux agent before and am familiar with the bootstrap--however i found these posts on adding multiple beacons to check at installation, and it seems a little more involved that it needs to be:

https://community.flexera.com/t5/FlexNet-Manager-Forum/FNMS-Inventory-Agent-Deployment/td-p/96439/pa...

In the sample bootstrap file it says "location(s)" for the download/uploads....does that mean you can feed multiple locations with a comma or semi-colon separator?  If so--that would be much cleaner for me to provide to this external team.  The documentation is a little lacking in the capabilities of this bootstrap.

Thanks!

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ChrisG
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I believe you are referring here to the MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_* settings settings often found in mgsft_rollout_response files:

# The initial download location(s) for the installation.
# For example, http://myhost.mydomain.com/ManageSoftDL/
# Refer to the documentation for further details.
MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_DOWNLOAD=http://beacon.mydomain.com:8080/ManageSoftDL/

# The initial reporting location(s) for the installation.
# For example, http://myhost.mydomain.com/ManageSoftRL/
# Refer to the documentation for further details.
MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_UPLOAD=http://beacon.mydomain.com:8080/ManageSoftRL/

 I believe these settings can indeed take a list of URLs to use for bootstrapping, separated by a ";" or ",". For example:

MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_DOWNLOAD=http://beacon1/ManageSoftDL/;http://beacon2/ManageSoftDL/
MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_UPLOAD=http://beacon1/ManageSoftRL/;http://beacon2/ManageSoftRL/

 If you have a chance to try this, please post back here to confirm - it would be great to have a positive confirmation that it works as I think it will.

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ChrisG
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I believe you are referring here to the MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_* settings settings often found in mgsft_rollout_response files:

# The initial download location(s) for the installation.
# For example, http://myhost.mydomain.com/ManageSoftDL/
# Refer to the documentation for further details.
MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_DOWNLOAD=http://beacon.mydomain.com:8080/ManageSoftDL/

# The initial reporting location(s) for the installation.
# For example, http://myhost.mydomain.com/ManageSoftRL/
# Refer to the documentation for further details.
MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_UPLOAD=http://beacon.mydomain.com:8080/ManageSoftRL/

 I believe these settings can indeed take a list of URLs to use for bootstrapping, separated by a ";" or ",". For example:

MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_DOWNLOAD=http://beacon1/ManageSoftDL/;http://beacon2/ManageSoftDL/
MGSFT_BOOTSTRAP_UPLOAD=http://beacon1/ManageSoftRL/;http://beacon2/ManageSoftRL/

 If you have a chance to try this, please post back here to confirm - it would be great to have a positive confirmation that it works as I think it will.

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Thanks Chris---yep--I meant to put a snippet of that text in to show the detail of the specific setting i was wondering about. I assumed it could be done with comma or semi-colon, but couldn't find in any documentation. Didn't really want to go the route of the other post where you had the .sh with the populated .ndc file if i didn't have to. My test environment for linux is very limited--so i wanted to verify before i got something to the guys who will have to test this. Many thanks.
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Thanks @ChrisG    

The semi-colons were the correct delimiter.  Thanks again!

@ChrisG  i have one doubt here regarding SSL Certificate for different beacons.

ie, i normally use deployment package including mgsft_rollout_cert that have all certificate chain used for beacon URL's SSL binding .

 

Now if we are going with this approach, we will be having more than one       certificate chain to include.

 

How can we achieve that ?

 

Regards,

Junaid Vengadan

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