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Loading a number of ISO images from Server to Workstation as Virtual Drive.

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I have over 2,000 iso images that are kept on server.
20 Workstations that load an iso image from server (as required) into a virtual CD drive on workstation and the application/data is then accessed from it.

Would I better to copy the ISO image to the workstation before mounting into virtual drive or just mount it from Server into Virtual drive on workstation.

I am concerned about load issues on network, speed etc.

Gary
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How often are they used ? same images ? speed of network ?
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if its always 1 iso image which never changes better to copy and use locally as the bandwidth is only used once...
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Different images can be chosen from any workstation and as the size of all iso images is over 1Tb I wouldn't like to copy them all over to workstations. No way of telling which will be required on a particular workstation - totally up to user and what they select on a given day and which workstation they use.

All 20 workstations are all being used at once every day. We have in excess of 2,200 users who share the workstations depending on their needs.

To manage Licencing the Server denies access to ISO image if number of users exceed licencing requirements.

Not sure of exact speed of network - copies 5Gb file in approx. 1 minute.
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Stick to network then, you can potentially replicate the images to multiple servers to load balancing / resilience. Seems your method is spot on.
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Thanks - Do you know if there is any specific software out there for managing ISO in a situation like this.

I have written something using MS Access to provide listings to choose from with VBA to load iso etc - works ok - occasionally need to tweak code when an issue pops up.
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Nothing 'good' that i've used, i've tempted to manage it with self built tools.
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Thanks for the advice.
Gary
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