Planning your installation To use your McAfee ePO server effectively, create a comprehensive plan specific to your environment. Considering the unique needs of your environment in advance can reduce the time it takes to get started. How many systems do you manage? Are your systems located in one network or multiple geographic areas? Do you have specific security needs, such as a firewall? Do you use Network Address Translation (NAT) in an external network? Do you have bandwidth restrictions to remote network segments? Do you manage laptops that are connected to the Internet and outside the corporate network? Do you have multiple administrators with different permissions across different products, groups of systems, or different functions within the management console? Considerations for scalability You can scale your McAfee ePO infrastructure in multiple ways. Scaling is needed if the environment managed by McAfee ePO is growing beyond the capacity of the current McAfee ePO infrastructure. Baseline calculations Your product configuration will likely require different resources than the baseline calculations we provide, which are estimates. Modify your baseline to meet the unique needs of your environment. Sizing distributed repositories Sizing for distributed repositories depends on the network architecture of the environment. Sizing DXL Brokers DXL Brokers route messages between clients connected to the DXL messaging fabric. Connect brokers to allow for redundancy, scalability, and communication across different geographical locations. Combining servers Depending on the size of the environment, combining certain services reduces the total number of management servers required for the McAfee ePO environment. Factors that affect McAfee ePO performance It's important to know which factors affect the performance of your server and the attached SQL database. Internet protocols in a managed environment McAfee ePO software is compatible with Internet Protocol versions: IPv4 and IPv6. Things to do before installation Before you start the McAfee ePO installation, make sure that you have the information you need for the steps you must take. Run the McAfee ePO Pre-Installation Auditor to reduce or prevent installation or upgrade issues.