Chapter 3. Example Topologies

The RHN Proxy Server can be configured in multiple ways. Select one method depending on the following factors:

  1. The total number of client systems to be served by the RHN Proxy Server.

  2. The maximum number of clients expected to connect concurrently to the RHN Proxy Server.

  3. The number of custom packages and channels to be served by the RHN Proxy Server.

  4. The number of RHN Proxy Servers being used in the customer environment.

The rest of this chapter describes possible configurations and explains their benefits.

3.1. Single Proxy Topology

The simplest configuration is to use a single RHN Proxy Server to serve your entire network. This configuration is adequate to service a small group of clients and a network that would benefit from caching Red Hat RPMs and storing custom packages on a local server.

The disadvantage of using one RHN Proxy Server is that performance will be compromised as the number of clients requesting packages grows.

Figure 3-1. Single Proxy Topology