A Group Update Provider is a client computer that you designate to locally distribute content updates to clients. A Group Update Provider downloads content updates from the management server and distributes the updates to itself and other clients.
One advantage of Group Update Provider use is that it helps you to conserve bandwidth by offloading processing power from the server to the Group Update Provider. Group Update Providers are ideal for delivering content updates to clients that have limited network access to the server. You can use a Group Update Provider to conserve bandwidth to clients in a remote location over a slow link. Setting up a Group Update Provider is easier than setting up an internal LiveUpdate server. Group Update Providers are less resource-intensive and so reduce the load on the management servers.
You use a LiveUpdate Settings policy to configure Group Update Providers.
Table: Tasks to configure and use Group Update Providers