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Implementing and installing a NQC Satellite

Overview

MCS Satellites and Agents allow the MCS user to establish remote assessment points throughout a public or private network. Satellites are centrally managed at the MCS server and provide both server and agent services. Being centrally managed means that MCS reports the status and history of all Satellites. A Satellite can accept a test from a web browser or an Agent (acts in a server capacity as well as a client capacity), whereas an Agent can only test to a Satellite and cannot accept a test from any source, in other words an Agent acts only in a client capacity.

In the diagram below there is only one MCS Server and the three office locations have Satellite (red) APs. This allows the ‘Home Office’ person to assess the connectivity to each of the corporate remote office locations independently. Equally the corporate office location Satellites can operate as Agents and Servers so they can assess the connection to each other. This allows a Cloud or Enterprise problem connection to be quickly resolved by assessing each corporate location independently to triangulate where the problem originates. Satellites and Agents can run on all major platforms including smart phones, tablets and quality testing appliances.

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NQC Satellite vs Agent image

Install the kit found in the /www directory

There are two installers available. One is a client install and one is an agent install.

Satellite

Install Instructions

Agent

Install Instructions

Satellite Install

Double click the installer executable to begin the installation.

Click the Next button to move to the next step in the installer.

Satellite Install Options

Install as a service: When this option is checked the Satellite will install as a service. This means that the satellite will automatically start when the machine is rebooted. With this option unchecked the satellite will have to manually started each time.

Choose Port: This is the port that will be used for the Satellite browser admin. So, for example, if this was set to 8080 the admin page could be accessed at http://localhost:8080.

Parent MCS: This is the URL of the MyConnection Server instance that the Satellite should connect to. This is where any work orders will be set.

Unique Name: The unique name is used to help identify connecting satellites in MyConnection Server. There can be hundreds of connecting satellites so it's important to choose a unique and easily identifiable name.

Satellite Install Directory

Choose an installation directory and click the Next button to begin the installation.

Agent Install

Double click the installer executable to begin the installation.

Click the Next button to move to the next step in the installer.

Agent Install Options

Install as a service: When this option is checked the Satellite will install as a service. This means that the satellite will automatically start when the machine is rebooted. With this option unchecked the satellite will have to manually started each time.

MCS URL: This is the URL of the MyConnection Server instance that the Satellite should connect to. This is where any work orders will be set.

RA Password: The RA (Remote Agent) password is set in the Security stetings for MCS. The default is hello.

Report ID: This is used to identify the report on the server. The default is computername. When this is used the users actual computer name will be used instead.

Work Order: The name of the work order on the server that should be used for the test.

Agent Install Directory

Choose an installation directory and click the Next button to begin the installation.