Quick Temporary Radmind Replicas

Sometimes I want to distribute a large overload (2-40 gigs) to all 600 of my computers as quickly as possible without bringing my radmind server to a halt. By turning some of my clients into temporary radmind servers I can use them to help distribute large overloads quickly. I run these steps using Apple Remote Desktop.

The radmind tools need to be installed on the computer but I'm assuming the server portion wont be setup (obviously). The script needs to be installed on all of the clients. For to work you need to include the overload you wish to distribute in the command files for the machines located on the radmind server.

Run these commands on any computer you wish to turn into a radmind server quickly. In all of these steps you'll need to replace example_overload.T with the name of the overload you really want to deploy.

Become root:

sudo -s

Setup the folders that will contain the overload you want to distribute quickly.

mkdir -p /var/radmind/transcript
mkdir -p /var/radmind/file/example_overload.T

Download the overload from the radmind server (replace with your radmind server).

cd /var/radmind/file/example_overload.T -kfh example_overload.T

Move the transcript from the client folder to the deployment folder.

mv /var/radmind/client/example_overload.T /var/radmind/transcript/example_overload.T

Set up the config and command file so that any computer can download it. This is a security hole so don't leave this computer running like this, either disable radmind by rebooting or running sudo killall radmind. Or you could setup a real

echo "* all.K" > /var/radmind/config
mkdir /var/radmind/command
echo "p example_overload.T" > /var/radmind/command/all.K

Start the radmind daemon.

/usr/local/sbin/radmind  -p 6222

Now on the clients you really want to download the overload (including the replica itself) run ( with your the computer you just ran the above steps on).

sudo -s
cd / -kfh example_overload.T

The point of the above steps is that you can deploy an overload extremely quickly. If you had 600 computers run the above steps on about 20 of your computers and then each of those could be used as a temporary replica and host the overload for 30 other computers for a total of 600 computers. This puts the burden on the network and not on a single server. Hopefully the network can handle the load. This way you only have to wait for the overload to download twice, once to the replicas, and the second time to all the clients, but you've just deployed it to 600 computers. Coolness in my opinion.

Published: 2013-01-28, last edited: 2020-05-11

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