Deploying the Task Server Agents

Article:DOC1243  |  Created: 2006-10-09  |  Updated: 2006-10-09  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC1243
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What are the steps for deploying the Task Server Agents?

Answer


Deploying the Task Agents

The following Task agents need to be deployed to Altiris Agent computers before you can use Task Servers:

  • Client Task Agent
  • Power Management Task Agent
  • Script Task Agent
  • Service Control Task Agent

    The Client Task Agent is the main agent for working with Task Servers and uses the other agents to perform various functions.
    These agents get deployed to your Altiris Agent computers when they are enabled.

    To deploy the Task Agents


    Note : The explains how to automatically deploy Task Agents. To manually deploy Task Agents, see Manually Deploying Task Agents section below.


    1. In the Configuration view, select Client Task Agent Rollout > Client Task Agent Install.
    2. Verify that the Without Client Task Agent Installed collection contains all the computers that need the agent. By default, this collection contains all computers (assuming this is the first installation of Altiris Task Server on this Notification Server).
    3. Make sure the Without Client Task Agent Installed collection is selected, enable the policy, and click Apply.
    4. In the left pane, select Power Management Task Agent Rollout > Power Management Task Agent Install.
    5. Verify that the Without Power Management Task Agent Installed collection contains all the computers that need the agent. By default, this collection contains all computers (assuming this is the first installation of Altiris Task Server on this Notification Server).
    6. Make sure the Without Power Management Task Agent Installed collection is selected, enable the policy, and click Apply.
    7. In the left pane, select Script Task Agent Rollout > Script Task Agent Install.
    8. Verify that the Without Script Task Agent Installed collection contains all the computers that need the agent. By default, this collection contains all computers (assuming this is the first installation of Altiris Task Server on this Notification Server).
    9. Make sure the Without Script Task Agent Installed collection is selected, enable the policy, and click Apply.
    10. In the left pane, select Service Control Task Agent Rollout > Service Control Task Agent Install.
    11. Verify that the Without Service Control Task Agent Installed collection contains all the computers that need the agent. By default, this collection contains all computers (assuming this is the first installation of Altiris Task Server on this Notification Server).
    12. Make sure the Without Service Control Task Agent Installed collection is selected, enable the policy, and click Apply.

    The next time the computers in the collections update their configuration, they will download and install these agents.

    Manually Deploying Task Agents

    The .MSIs used to deploy Task Agents can be accessed and used manually. However, we recommend using the Task Agent Install policies to deploy Task Agents automatically.

    To manually deploy the Task Agents

    1. Locate the task agent .MSIs.
    From the console, navigate to Install Path\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap\Bin\Win32\X86\Client Task Management.
    2. Run the following .MSIs on the client computer:
  • CTAgentSetup.msi
  • PowerMgmtAgentSetup.msi
  • ScriptTaskAgentSetup.msi
  • ServiceControlTaskAgentSetup.msi

    Configuring the Client Task Agent

    Altiris Task Server provides an Agent Configuration policy that is enabled by default. This policy lets you specify how often the Client Task Agent requests tasks from the Task Server. This configuration policy is only used by the Altiris Agent if the tickle mechanism does not work on the Altiris Agent computer. We recommend the defaults unless you notice an impact on your network.

    How Task Server uses the tickle mechanism

    When a job or task is selected to run, the Tickle Server informs the Task Server. The Task Server has a tickle mechanism that the Task agents listen for. When the Task Server gets a tickle from the Tickle Server, it, in turn, sends a tickle to the Task agents that the job or task is supposed to be run on. The Task agents then download and run the job or task.

    To configure the Client Task Agent

    1. In the Configuration view, select Agent Configuration.
    2. Make desired changes and click Apply.

    Note: Information obtained from the Help Guide for the Task Server Documentation.


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