BigFix Relays allow an N-tier hierarchy to be created for the transmission of information from the BigFix Clients to the BigFix Server in the BigFix Enterprise. Following are Frequently Asked Questions about BigFix Relays.

What do BigFix Relays do?

Do I need to find/buy a separate dedicated computer to be a BigFix Relay?

Why use BigFix Relays?

How do BigFix Relays work?

How do you administer BigFix Relays?

How does the BigFix Client/BigFix Relay Auto Selection work?

What are the system requirements to be a BigFix Relay?

Hardware Requirements

Software Requirements


Top Level BigFix Relay Requirements *

System Specs Supported BigFix Clients (for child relays)
Dual 2.8 Ghz P4, 2 GB RAM 100,000
Dual 2.0 Ghz P4, 2 GB RAM 70,000
Dual 1.8 Ghz P4, 1 GB RAM 30,000
Dual 1.4 Ghz P4, 512 MB RAM 20,000
2.4 Ghz P4, 512 MB RAM 15,000
1.3 Ghz PIII, 256 MB RAM 10,000

* These numbers are for "Top Level BigFix Relays" only. In general a BigFix Relay is recommended per 500-1000 BigFix Clients for bandwidth reasons.

Note: These are just examples for reference, contact your BigFix support technician for more information on requirements for your network.

Do you have a "best practices" list for maintaining a healthy BigFix Relay deployment?

Yes. Please see the BigFix Relay Health page for more information.