Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.8 SP2 Release Notes

Article:DOC1422  |  Created: 2007-04-05  |  Updated: 2008-02-22  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC1422
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Question
What has changed in the 6.8 SP2 release of Deployment Solution?

Answer

Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.8 SP2

Release Notes

Introduction

Altiris Deployment Solution integrates Windows-based Deployment Server systems with the Web-based Altiris solutions and services. A Deployment Server system for a specific site or defined subnet includes Windows applications, tools, and utilities for daily management of computer resources at the local level, and furnishes you with a Deployment Web Console for management from the Web browser.

Deployment Solution can help you to organize computer groups, schedule deployment jobs, distribute disk images, and update packages. Deployment Solution provides a wide array of tools, utilities, and applications to design a system for your specific needs.

Installation and Upgrade

Supported Platforms

For a list, see the Deployment Solution 6.8 Supported Platforms.

Where to Download

You can download released versions of Altiris products from http://www.altiris.com/Download.aspx.
You can download beta versions of Altiris products from http://beta.altiris.com.

New Installation

The Deployment Solution 6.8 SP2 installation process has not changed from Deployment Solution 6.8 SP1. For instructions, see the Deployment Solution 6.8 installation Guide.

Upgrade Installations

Stop the following services on your Deployment Server before starting the upgrade process: Altiris Deployment Server Data Manager, Altiris Deployment Server DBManagement, Altiris Express Server, Altiris PXE Server, Altiris PXE Manager, Altiris Config Helper, and Altiris PXE MTFTP Server.   

Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.8 SP1
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.8 (Disable AutoUpgrade due to KB 33129)
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.5 SP1 
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.5
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.1

Silent Installation

Deployment Solution allows you to walk through the Deployment Solution installation wizard to create an answer file (install.ini) which automatically sets options when running a silent install. For details on this process see:

 Can Deployment Solution be installed silently?

What's New in this Release

Improvements for this release include the following new features:

Support for Symantec® Ghost® Imaging

Important: Deployment Solution does not include the Ghost executable or a license to use Symantec Ghost. You must provide a copy of the ghost.exe and/or ghost32.exe imaging executable to enable this support.

Customers currently using the Ghost imaging solution have the option of copying the Ghost executable to the Deployment Server to enable Ghost imaging from the Create Disk Image and Distribute Disk Image tasks.

To add support for Symantec Ghost, on the Deployment Share, create a folder called ghost. Copy ghost.exe (for DOS support) and/or ghost32.exe (for WinPE support) to this folder.

Symantec Ghost is now available for selection in the Create Disk Image and Distribute Disk Image tasks. A configuration file called ImageTools.ini, located in the root of your Deployment Share, contains settings you can change to customize the behavior of Ghost. For example, the default command-line in DOS is:

CreateImageCommandLine=-clone,MODE=create,SRC=1,DST=%IMAGE_FILENAME% -sure

This setting and others can be customized by modifying ImageTools.ini.

Deployment Agent UI on Vista

Detailed DAgent installation instructions- including silent install instructions- can be found in KB 38609

When installing the Deployment Agent on Vista computers, you now have the option of installing a client-side agent configuration utility. This interface is similar to the configuration interface for the Deployment Agent on other Windows operating systems. To install, select the Control panel applet & UI component option during the DAgent installation.

The configuration utility is launched by selecting Start > Altiris > Deployment Solution > DAgent Configuration.



Wait in Automation Task

To avoid circumstances when a computer might boot into an unmanaged state, a new task, called wait, is provided to cause a computer to remain in automation and wait for instructions.

Thin Client View Enhancements

The Thin Client view has been enhanced with a new get inventory task and a software packages pane.

Remote Desktop Connection for Windows

A new Remote Desktop option has been added to the contextual menu when you right-click a Windows XP* or Vista* computer in the console. This option launches the Windows Remote Desktop utility to enable you to remote control a computer.

Windows XP computers still have the option of using the integrated Remote Control feature of the Deployment Console.

Additional new features in this Release

Description

Article ID

New computers added or imported into the console show as managed nodes

37713



Fixes in this Release

The following table includes known issues currently scheduled to be resolved in this release. For additional information on an issue, use the link in the Article ID column to display a Knowledgebase article.

Description

Article ID

 Dell 1955 blades do not appear in the physical device view of the Deployment Console 38083

The AClient Autoupgrade feature improperly sets the delay between the batches of AClient update jobs.

34301

After image restoration, Vista computers might not contact the Deployment Server that sent the job.

33032

AD Groups that are nested inside of other groups don't allow users from the nested group to log into the Deployment Solution Console.

22391/29616

Distribute software tasks with multiple files that reference the current working directory fail.

26607

Web Console cannot add new computers to the domain after a job created in the web console is run on a new computer.

32712

Job status is not being reported correctly when running Power Management task on Thin Clients with Windows XP embedded.

29285

Console closes when trying to delete computers.

27669

NIC with dual IP addresses set in the advanced area is treated by the installation as non-existent.

28786

IP address may display as 0.0.0.0 in the Deployment Solution Console if wireless NIC reports prior to stand NIC which has IP Address.

22478

ADLAgent.conf.custom does not work under default installation path

32203

RILOE Power Control tasks have username disabled.

31824

Importing a CSV list of computers into the Deployment Solution Web Console gives 'Invalid IP address' but works fine in the 32-bit console.

30880

WLogevent.exe gives error after installation of Windows 2003 MUI Pack.

31169

A "new" computer will take the computer record of another if the record in Deployment Solution is lacking a MAC (such as from a CSV Import).

32538

Domain and Static IP information are not applied when scheduling jobs using the Deployment Solution Web Console.

32636

The AXengine will not update PXE to allow automatic boot into the correct automation if Wake on LAN for Inactive computers is disabled or 'retry value' set to '1' minute

32596

Scripted OS Install task does not copy the selected service pack.

32066

On Windows Vista, the Power Control > Log Off option is not available.

32297

Clients are looping on the "Client Record Updated" and not running the next task in DOS automation.

28332

Axengine doesn't tell PXE to download new automation environment 28714
Active directory groups with multi-domain relationships fail to show correct membership when members exist outside of the current domain 36075
Cannot store image larger than 8 GB to a Hidden partition even though Hidden partition is large enough to store the file 34612
Scripted OS install fails when using WinPE if the eXpress share is not mapped to drive F 33298
Scripted OS install ignores custom switches 34244
PXE server name doesn't appear on Boot options menu 34245
The 6.8.282 WinPE AClient fails to report the model number and BIOS info 33763
Deployment Server authentication through the ASDK is not working 33965
Error 123, "The filename, directory name, or volume syntax is incorrect" 33949
Linux PE receives a ''badness in do_exit at kernel/exit.c'' on reboot with multiple CIFS shares mounted 34859
The Deployment Solution 6.8 SP1 Remote Agent installed utility indicates it will install AClient on Vista systems though only the DAgent will work on these systems 33918
Error, "Error while executing . . .exceeded (limit 32)," when DS Scrape runs 34734
The AClient Autoupgrade feature improperly sets the delay between the batches of AClient update jobs 34301
Imported failure return codes are listed under Result as success, when they should be failures 33875
AClient is not reporting BIOS version, BIOS release date, and model number of systems with SMBIOS 2.4 34825
Unable to locate removable disk device error when creating an ISO with Boot Disk Creator 34832
Imported Scripted OS Install jobs lose default path to the associated OS source files that were set on the source Deployment Server 36458



Post SP2 Hotfixes

Description

Article ID

 Deployment Solution Win32 console slow with AD authentication when there is a large number of nested AD groups  38727

Dell 1955 blades do not appear in the physical device view of the Deployment Console

38083

 Deployment Solution local privilege escalation vulnerability  38210
 Deployment Server Win32 console security does not properly pass through authenticate users from AD groups   38209
 Security Vulnerility in TFTP/MFTP service  38304
 Token Replacement fails when querying external datasource  39239
 Deployment Solution console with security enabled may load slowly when accessing Active Directory Global Catalog server  39596


Known Issues

The following table includes known issues in this release. For additional information on an issue, use the link in the Article ID column to display a Knowledgebase article.

Description

Article ID

 Use of Rdeploy with the  -Raw switch breaks logical partition  39380
 Installing or upgrading Deployment Solution 6.8 to a named SQL cluster fails  36113
 PXE server update process never completes in the PXE Configuration utility  39111
 Thin Clients with older ADLAgent consume a real license.  39038
 Boot Disk creator will not allow a NIC driver to be added if the NIC''s device ID starts with a ''0''  38968
 DAgent doesn't join Vista workstation to the domain if Post configuration is part of the rdeploy command line  38477
PXE-E53 error  Deployment Server 6.8 SP2 with Initial Deployment Disabled 37671
 'Remove task passwords when exporting or copying jobs' in 'Tools > Options > Global' does not retain settings after being modified.  38570
 Aclient not reporting inventory when running in WinPE  37611
Two dagent icons appear on system tray after Vista machine is rebooted.

36729

Deployment Agent UI on Vista shows computer as disconnected even the computer is connected.

36726

Remote Agent Installer feature in the Deployment Console does not support Vista computers.

32094

When selecting an MSI package in a Distribute Software task, a 'Dynazip Unzip Error' appears.

30897

Blank information fields are displayed when changing Linux Production Agent settings in the Deployment Console.

39948

'Starts with filter' within the console does not filter correctly.

27091

The axsched utility cannot run jobs against a Deployment Solution server that has security enabled unless the username and password have been used to login to the Win32 Console previously.

33067

Image Explorer shows no or full progress when restoring large files/folders

20428

User information is not captured in history during a remote control.

33071

DS 6.8 console shuts down when deleting multiple computers 27669
HP XW6000 reports a different MAC address to DS with each PXE boot 36035
The Deployment Solution Web Console displays error messages in English instead of German 33041
Altiris Console Collections in the Deployment Solution Web Console loads slowly or times out 35052
DS Import Utility Task in NS running AXImport.exe hangs if not using system account. 36473
In the NS console OS type is shown as 'Unknown' for CE.net clients imported via DS Scrape 35847
After imaging computers from Linux to Windows the log files path is invalid 32910
Console administrators are unable to modify global options to ''remove inactive computers after x days'' 36401
Deployment Server 6.8 and 6.8 SP1 Remote Agent Installer exits when 'return to wizard button' is pressed 33540
The UUID reported by Dell PE 1950/2850 reported on PXE boot and through IPMI call is different than UUID reported by AClient or WMI call. 36179
Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint "PK_HARDWARE" 33432
Aclient and Dagent do not restore the network stack properly after a create image job on systems that have NetXtreme II family of network controllers. 36499
Selecting change production agent settings to multiple computers with different 'Delay starting jobs...' to error 35251
Rdeploy, Showdisk and FIRM not able to read IDE disks in Vmware 6 when using DOS/FreeeDOS automation 35191
Autoupdate of DAgent will never complete if DAgent is installed with all available languages. 36679
Console administrators are unable to modify global options to ''remove inactive computers after x days'' 36401
Unable to modify or delete master return codes in DS 6.8 console 36724
x64 Dagent doesn't maintain 'Address/Hostname' to DS server after repair of DAgent 36733
DAgent is not connecting to another Deployment Server through Multicast option. 36734
DAgent synchronizes day and time of vista machine to DS with unchecked synchronize option selected. 36754
"Clear Status” is not working on Thin Client View. 36820
RCinstaller.exe throws a Windows exception 36887
Automation task doesn't run in specified menu option environment if client initial delpoys into different menu option with same OS type and bitness 37435
Importing multi-nic computers into DS causes issues if based on MAC Address 36548
File name for Create Disk Image job is cleared if the Imaging Tool is selected after typing in the file name with .gho extension. 37442
Imaging Status displays invalid time value as imaging process completes 37443
 Web Console throws exception after doing a refresh on imaging job that has been finished for 30 minutes or more 37474
 Error -132 or -115 occurs during PXE portion of DS upgrade 37476
 Logged on user icon doesn't re-appear after connection is lost and then reestablished to the Deployment Server from DAgent. 37478
Wait task - Get an error when assigning a job w/ a wait task to a computer running production Linux 37528
 Deployment Solution 6.8 default WinPE caues DHCP service erro when booting VMWare Server virtual machines 30729
 Using the Task Password to update an incorrect password does't update the Restoreation Job 37571
 Automation jobs that branch to a previously completed job reboot the client 37798
 Rdeploy doesn't deploy the extent sizes of LVM 2 volumes during a Deploy Image task. 37903
 RDeploy fails with error 'A command line argument was invalid.' when deploying an image 38038
 When using the web console the sytem jobs folder will not expand in the jobs pane 38750


Known Limitations

The following are some of the limitations in fuctionality with Deplyment Solution 6.8 SP2. For additional information on an issue, use the link in the Article ID column to display a Knowledgebase article.

Description

Article ID

 HP workstations fail to boot into linux pre boot OS  39531

DAgent does not support Wlogevent

33429

Why does Deployment Solution install .exe extract and then nothing happens?

33274

Vista scripted answer files used by Deployment Solution should not contain CreatePartition or ModifyPartition

32363

Does Deployment solution Support Virtual Center 2.0?

35540

Cannot run scripts in automation after deploy image that has Post Config enabled without first rebooting into production

36503

LVM images are captured in RAW mode if using non-Linus automation

27261

Executing wlogevent in 64-bit WinPE automation gives error 128

27258

Power control functions do not work on older HP Integrity systems

27257

Rdeploy may fail when creating an image using HTTP and the "Make an Image Index" (.IMX) option

27256

Error: DBInstaller.exe can't create eXpress database on SQL Server 2005 (steps to resolve included)

27262

Computers using nVidia nForce NICs cannot connect to the network in WinPE 27246
Assigning SVS Agent Install job to a 64-bit computer fails 27244
Automation partitions are not supported on systems using LVM 27243
WIM images (ImageX) do not restore correctly to a drive with OEM partitions 32055
Embedded partition size limitation on Linux 32056
Assigning SVS agent install job to a Windows Vista computer fails 32057
Multicast is not supported by ImageX 32058
Windows Vista computers must boot into production before image capture 32059
Windows Vista Scripted OS Installations require WinPE 32060
Distributing software to Windows Vista computers 32061
Vista agent is not installed automatically after a Scripted OS installation 32062
"Startup disk is almost full" message appears during MAC image creation in Automation mode 32424
How to push DAgent to Windows Vista using an AD group policy object 33083
DAgent doesn't support Reject connection 36753
"Deny access of DS to Dagent " setting are not applied through change Agent settings  36802
Client computers with too many IP addresses have list truncated 37437
DAgent status field is blank 37444
 ''Encrypt session communication with Deployment Server'' not supported with DAgent 37465
 Unable to add additional command parameters when deploying using ImageX  37469
 ImageX compression is set to 'compress fast' 37470
 Unable to Password protect Admin properties from user or Hide client tray icon for Vista clients  37480
 Supported Image formats other than .IMG are not displayed in the Resources View (such as .WIM and .GHO/GHS).  37481
 IP address for Mac computers doesn't show in the status area of Deployment Console  37482
 Filtering jobs in Web Console only work with "All Task Types" filter.  37489

Additional Documentation

Altiris product documentation is available in Microsoft* HTML Help (.CHM) and Adobe Acrobat* (.pdf) formats. To view Altiris product documentation in .PDF format, use Adobe Acrobat Reader (available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html).

Documentation files are installed in the following directory on the Altiris® Deployment Solution™ computer:

C:\Program Files\Altiris\eXpress\Deployment Server\Docs.

The following documentation is provided:

  • Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.8 SP2 Help (deployment_EN.chm)
  • Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.8 SP2 Help (deployment_EN.pdf)
  • Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.8 SP2 Deployment and Migration Guide (deployment_adv.pdf)

Altiris Information Resources

Source

What Information it Includes

Location

Altiris Documentation

Information about new features, update instructions, and known issues for each release. Includes Altiris formal documentation such as release notes, help, reference guides, best practice articles, and technical reference articles.

http://www.altiris.com/support/documentation

Altiris Knowledgebase

Comprehensive collection of articles, incidents, and issues for Altiris solutions.

http://kb.altiris.com/

Altiris Juice:
an online magazine for Altiris users

Best practices, tips and tricks, and articles for users of Altiris solutions.

http://www.altiris.com/juice

Online Forums

Forums for Altiris solutions and suites.

http://forums.altiris.com/


Document History

Date

Changes

05/18/2007

Beta release

 11/30/2007  Numerous Hotfixes have been issued.  See 'Post SP2 Hotfixes' section.  New Known Issues are at the top of the Known Issues section.
 12/6/2007  KB 39531 was added to Known Limitations section
 2/21/2008  KB 39596 was added to Post Hotfix release section

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