Best practices for deploying Turbo

Here is a quick checklist for Best Practices to be followed when deploying Turbo. For details scroll down past the Summary

Summary

1. Is Turbo the right Hybrid Solution for your deployment? Take a quick survey to find out - link

2. Review the Turbo Product Guide - Link

3. Right size the Turbo Data Disk based on the folders being synchronized

4. Provisioning the Data disk and increase the size before initial boot

5. Scheduling a Turbo Install during Off-Peak hours

6. Deploying Turbo close to Users 

7. Synchronizing the Time to NTP source

8. Assign a Static IP or Dynamic IP with reservation to the Turbo 

9. Selecting Folders that are actively used by users in a certain location to Synchronize

10. Complete initial full sync before rolling out to users

11. Limit Groups added to Turbo based on users in a given location

12. Follow best practices on rolling out Egnyte Connect Desktop App

13. Scheduling synced folder changes during off peak hours

 

Details

1. Is Turbo the right Hybrid Solution for your deployment?

Turbo is a new product that still does not support all the use cases that are supported on Storage Sync. It is recommended that IT administrators take the Turbo checklist questionnaire to ensure that Turbo will meet they requirements. Click on the link to complete the checklist.

2. Review the Turbo Product Guide

It is recommended that IT administrators review the Turbo Product Guide before installing the Turbo for instructions on the install. Click on the link for the Product Guide.

3. Right size the Turbo Data Disk

IT administrators are recommended to review the size of folders they are synchronizing to Turbo and also consider the rate at which the data usage is growing in the specific folders before provisioning the data disk for the Turbo. Provisioning a smaller size of data disk can lead to sync failures and errors.

4. Provisioning the Data disk (Initial install & Increasing size)

Turbo installer creates two disks, system disk and data disk. The data disk is sized at 50 GB by default. IT administrators are required to increase the size of the data disk before they initially boot the VM up for the first time. Any effort to re-size/delete-add the data disk after initial install can lead to disk corruption.Refer to the Increasing Storage and adding new disks section of the Product Guide for details.

Note: Thin and Thick provisioning of disks are supported, recommendation is to use fixed limits if the disk is provisioned as a Thin disk.

5. Scheduling a Turbo Install during Off-Peak hours

Turbo sync engine follows a sophisticated algorithm to scan the folder structure and to synchronize folder and files locally. Depending on the size of folders that are being synchronized this operation could take anywhere from a few mins to days. It is recommended that IT administrators set up Turbo during off peak hours and allow the first full sync operation to complete over the weekend. 

6. Deploying Turbo close to Users

Turbo provides maximum performance benefit when deployed close to the users. It is recommended that administrators identify the location that provides the least latency between users and Turbo before the install. For example deploying Turbo in a remote construction site where designers and construction engineers are actively accessing content is more efficient that deploying the Turbo in a data center in the same scenario. 

7. Synchronizing the Time to NTP source

Turbo utilizes the time to validate certificates and download new versions of software when available. Discrepancy in time will lead to Turbo not upgrading automatically and degraded performance. It is recommended that the Turbo VM is configured with a NTP source

8. IP Addressing for Turbo

The discovery process of the Egnyte Connect Desktop App utilizes the FQDN and IP address it gets from the CFS and perform a latency test to identify the best Turbo to connect. It is recommended that the Turbo is given a static IP address and if this is not feasible for your deployment, it is recommended that a DHCP address with reservation is provided to ensure the Turbo received the same IP address at every boot. Refer to the Configuring Static IP section of the Product Guide for details. 

9. Selecting Folders to Synchronize

Synchronizing folders to Turbo consumes bandwidth and disk space. In order to be efficient, It is recommended that IT administrators only sync select folders that are useful and the ones that will provide the most benefit when available at LAN speeds to users. For Example, Instead of synchronizing the entire /Shared or /Private Folders consider synchronizing selected sub-folders /Shared/Marketing and selected private folders of users in the remote location like /Private/ACME.

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10. Complete initial sync before rolling out to users

Depending on the size of folders that are being synchronized this operation could take anywhere from a few mins to days. It is recommended that IT administrators wait for the first full sync to be successfully complete before rolling the turbo out to user groups. Onboarding users and having them connect through Turbo when the initial sync is in progress can cause file conflicts and duplication.

11. Limiting Groups added to Turbo

Egnyte Connect Desktop App is architected to proxy all user requests through Turbo if the user belongs to the group that is added to the Turbo and if the user is Turbo connected. IT admins are recommended to only add groups of users that are resident in a particular location where the Turbo is deployed.

For example, Consider 2 remote offices (NY and SFO) with Turbo

NY Office: /Shared/Sales and users are from the sales group

SFO Office: /Shared/Marketing and users are from the marketing group

It is recommended that the NY Turbo only syncs /Shared/Sales and adds users in the sales group while the SFO Turbo only syncs /Shared/Marketing and adds users in the marketing group

12. Rolling out Egnyte Connect Desktop App

Egnyte Connect Desktop App is a single client that provides a unified experience for users. Follow the best practices for deploying and using the desktop app for MAC and Windows.

13. Changing folder selection to be synced to Turbo

It is recommended that IT administrators schedule changes to the folders synced to Turbo during off peak hours to allow enough time for rescan sync to be completed 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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