How To Distribute & Update A Large VM Image


Resilio Connect solves one of the most frequent tasks for today’s admins - mass delivering of data to multiple remote workstations at a time. In this example use case we’ll see how to deliver an accounting software update to computers and moreover, remotely install that update.

Resilio Connect does this through a Distribution Job. A Distribution Job is a  scheduled job designed to distribute data from a server to selected agents. This job looks at the files in a selected source folder and delivers them to remote agents. Once done, the job is rendered complete and triggers the post download scripts.

To Get Started, Create a New Job

Distribution Job is created and configured on JOBS tab -> CREATE NEW JOB, through a step-by-step wizard.

Step 1: Choose Distribution as a Job Type

Use this job type to distribute data to one or more remote agents.

Step 2: Specify Job Details

Give the job a name and description. This is optional and defaults can be used.​

Step 3: Choose Source Agent

Pick the source agent - the server that will be uploading data to other agents. Only one source agent can be picked.

Step 4: Choose Destination Group/s

On this step, create a group of agents which will be receiving the files from the server, add the desired agents here, assign a custom Profile and Schedule, if necessary. Pick an existing group is an additional option.

Step 5: Specify Path

On this step, specify the source and destination share paths. On source agent you need to specify an already existing folder. This can be achieved via path macros or by specifying a custom full path. Similarly, on the destination agents you can also use the default path macros or specify custom paths.

Step 6: Specify Triggers

Distribution Jobs support Triggers which make it possible to run a command before the job starts or after it completes. All commands by default are executed in the root of specified destination folder. In our example, before installing the update, we’ll move the installer to a folder with proper execute permissions and run it from there.

It is sometimes easier to complete a task using a scripting language like Python.  For example, for Posix systems we will prepare a simple Python script and deliver it together with the software binary. Our Trigger will execute the script.

Step 7: Specify Job Schedule

We will configure it as a one-time job.

Step 8: Review Job Summary & Save

Save if everything is correct, or make adjustments to any step.

Job Completed Successfully: Review Logs of Scripts' Execution

For a successful command execution the job will be reported as complete in the Management Console. If there are issues in the execution of the job, error will be reported. Double-click on the job in the Jobs tab and in “Post Command Logs” column Fetch and Download the logs to review the reported errors.

In a few simple steps we configured a software update job!  Within this example we only updated a handful of machines, however some of our customers use Connect to deliver updates to 1,000s of machines. They take advantage of our superior delivery speed and reliability to shorten roll-out time by weeks(!).

"We were able to turn around graphic proofs quicker based on our staff’s availability, versus forcing it through a bottleneck at a specific office. Connect has made us more efficient" — Ken Brubacher, Project Manager.
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"If we bought about 40 additional servers it would have been pretty expensive. Resilio is a much cheaper solution for us right now." — Mario Jost, Systems Engineer @Mercedes-Benz
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"Resilio Connect enables us to reliably distribute our code, specifically new language models in a fraction of time. These copy jobs now take an hour, down from eight."— Christian Bryndum, VoiceBase’s Director of Operations
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