Deployment Topologies

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Components Involved

The components involved in an NSS deployment depend on which of the software’s core feature sets should be available. The lists below describe the main infrastructure components that must be prepared when different feature sets should be available:

When All Features Should be Available

  • One application server to fulfill the role of Console Server
  • One or more application servers to fulfill the role of Scanning Servers
  • One or more application servers to fulfill the role of Quota Servers
  • A new or existing Database Server to host the NSS Databases

When Only Reporting Capabilities Should be Available

  • One application server to fulfill the role of Console Server
  • One or more application servers to fulfill the role of Scanning Servers
  • A new or existing Database Server to host the NSS Databases

When Only Quota and File Block Capabilities Should be Available

  • One or more application servers to fulfill the role of Quota Servers

The following diagrams give more information about how these components are arranged when all capabilities will be used, and when only the Quota and File Block capabilities will be used.

Topology Where All Features will be Available

Topology Where Only Hard Quotas and File Blocks will be Available

Application Servers Having Multiple Roles

For performance reasons, Northern recommends that a single server only fulfills one of the deployment roles (Console Server, Scanning Server, Quota Server, or Database Server). Northern recognises that this may be cost prohibitive, or that internal processes make securing this number of servers difficult.

It is possible for a single server to bear multiple roles in an NSS deployment. Please contact support@northern.net to get advice on how you can make optimal use of the applications servers that are available to you.

Geographically Dispersed Environments

In geographically dispersed environments it may be necessary to build multiple separate NSS deployments, depending on the strength of connections between sites/remote offices, etc. Please contact support@northern.net for assistance in planning a deployment across geographically dispersed environments. Be prepared to provide metrics such as inter-site link bandwidth and latency, approximate numbers of users per site, and intended use cases.

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