Transferring downloaded files

Deploying Fixlets on the main BigFix server requires downloaded patches and other files from the Internet. You can use the Airgap tool in extraction usage for gathering site contents and in non-extraction usage for downloading files (you can ignore the AirgapResponse file generated in non-extraction usage).

As an alternative, you can use the BES Download Cacher utility. This utility helps to:
  • Download and transfer files to the main BigFix server.
  • Download patch contents in a Fixlet site or single file downloads from an URL.
You can download the current utility from To see the list of available options run BESDownloadCacher.exe /?. If the BigFix server or an BigFix relay is installed on the system where you run the BES Download Cacher utility, the -x utility parameter is optional because the utility detects relevant local BES settings and reuse them as defaults

Some sites require additional steps to download content from patch vendors that restrict access. For additional information see the following documentation pages that describe using a tool to manually download patches for Solaris, Red Hat, SuSE, and AIX.

These sites require a three step process:

  1. Run the BESAirgapTool.exe to download Fixlets and Tasks for each site.
  2. Run the BES Download Cacher utility to download any site tools from BigFix.
  3. Run the download tool for each vendor to download patch contents.