Cloud Distribution Point

The cloud distribution point uses a content delivery network (CDN) to host packages, in-house apps, and in-house eBooks. The JAMF Software Server (JSS) supports the following content delivery services:

  • Rackspace Cloud Files

  • Amazon S3 or Amazon CloudFront

  • Akamai NetStorage or Akamai EdgeSuite

  • JAMF Cloud Distribution Service (JCDS)

When you configure the cloud distribution point in the JSS, you can choose to make it the master. You can also choose whether to replicate specific files or the entire contents of the master distribution point if the master is a JDS instance or file share distribution point.

The JSS supports the use of signed URLs created with Amazon CloudFront. It also supports Akamai Remote Authentication. For more information about signed URLs created with CloudFront, see the following website:
http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudFront/latest/DeveloperGuide/private-content-signed-urls.html

For more information about Akamai Remote Authentication, contact your Akamai Account Manager.

If your JSS is hosted on JAMF Cloud and you have the subscription-based option, you can use JCDS as your cloud distribution point. For more information about pricing, contact your Technical Account Manager.

Requirements

If you plan to use Akamai for your cloud distribution point, Akamai must be configured to use File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

Note: If you have upgraded from the Casper Suite v8.x, you must migrate the scripts and packages on your master distribution point before configuring the cloud distribution point. (For more information, see the Migrating Packages and Scripts Knowledge Base article.)

Files that are uploaded to a cloud distribution point cannot have filenames that include the following characters:

/ : ? < > \ * | ” [ ] @ ! % ^ #

Configuring the Cloud Distribution Point

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/12323394/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Computer Management.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. In the “Computer Management–Server Infrastructure” section, click Cloud Distribution Point images/download/thumbnails/12323394/Cloud_Distribution_Point.png .

  5. Click Edit.

  6. Choose a content delivery network from the Content Delivery Network pop-up menu.

  7. Configure the settings on the pane.

  8. Click Save.

Testing the Cloud Distribution Point

Once the cloud distribution point is configured, you can test the connection to the content delivery network.

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/12323394/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Computer Management.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. In the “Computer Management–Server Infrastructure” section, click Cloud Distribution Point images/download/thumbnails/12323394/Cloud_Distribution_Point.png .

  5. Click Test.

  6. Click Test again.

A message displays, reporting the success or failure of the connection.

Replicating Files to the Cloud Distribution Point

During replication, files on the master distribution point are replicated to the cloud distribution point via Casper Admin. The files that are replicated depend on whether the cloud distribution point is configured to replicate specific files or the entire contents of the master.

  1. Open Casper Admin and authenticate to the JSS.

  2. In the sidebar, select the cloud distribution point you want to replicate files to.

  3. Click Replicate.

Related Information

For related information, see the following section in this guide:

Network Segments
You can use network segments to ensure that computers and mobile devices use the closest distribution point by default.

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Information Required to Configure a Cloud Distribution Point in the JSS
Learn about the information that must be obtained from your cloud services provider to configure the cloud distribution point in the JSS.

For more information about content delivery services, visit the following websites:

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