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Private Sites Overview

Private Sites are instances of the Exoprise Secure Service (aka agent) that you install on your own computers or Virtual Machines wherever you want to get the end-user perspective of cloud services and test the health of the network.

Private Sites can be deployed anywhere, within any network; LAN, WAN, WiFI, MPLS, SD-WAN. Measure end-user experience from anywhere, any condition. Private Sites can be installed as Local System or configured with a domain or local Service Account.

We sometimes refer to the sensors that a Private Site runs as Private Sensors.

Features

  • Private Sites run sensors that emulate the end-user perspective for monitoring cloud apps and services.
  • Private Sites are easy to setup and maintain. A site is self-updating after extensive testing periods. You can also accelerate the updating of a Private Site from the manage page.
  • A Private Site can be downloaded that is pre-configured for your account so that you can give the installation to someone. This can be handy for installations at remote sites.

Where to Install Private Sites

  • Ideally, since sites run sensors that give you the end-user perspective, you want to install Private Sites in similar network conditions that your end-users operate under.
  • Private Sites can run alongside ANY WORKLOAD and can even be installed alongside an end-user’s desktops or laptops. Resource requirements are minimal so sensors can be run anywhere.
  • Private Sites, ideally, should be deployed wherever you have varied network conditions.
  • Private sites are very easy to deploy and maintain. After a private is initially deployed, it requires no maintenance. Private sites update themselves.

Requirements

CloudReady has very minimal installation requirements:

  • Any Windows® OS; Windows 7 or newer and Windows Server 2008R2 or newer
  • Private Sites and the sensors can run alongside almost any workload.
    You can safely deploy on a users machine, a server, a BDC or PDC. Anything.
  • If creating a Private Site on a Virtual Machine, we recommend allocating at least 2 cores for the CPU. Since 2012, most smartphones are no longer single-core. And if you are trying to emulate end-user environments, their machines are most definitely multi-core.
  • RAM: Machines or VMs with as little as 1 GB of RAM can easily run 10 sensors but it also depends on the sensor types. Some sensors, such as RDP or Skype can require more horsepower.
  • DISK: Between 30-100 MB depending on the number and types of sensors deployed.

Logon Identity

A Private Site (Windows Service) can be installed to run as Local System or configured to run with an account, typically called a Service Account. The default installation chooses Local System because it is easiest to get started with.

Consider using a Service Account if you are deploying:

  • Deploying lots of sites
  • Want more control and consistency with the installations
  • Using a proxy, SSL inspection, Proxy PAC or WPAD

Proxy PAC and automated configuration mechanisms like WPAD are typically not configured for Local System so it is easier to use a Service Account.

Get Started Installing

There are three different ways to deploy a site. Click a link to learn more:

  1. Guided Installation
  2. Configure and Download
  3. Bulk Deployment

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