Altiris™ Inventory for Network Devices 7.0 Release Notes

Article:DOC1565  |  Created: 2009-03-05  |  Updated: 2009-03-05  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC1565
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Question
What do I need to know about Altiris™ Inventory for Network Devices 7.0 from Symantec?

Answer

Altiris™ Inventory for Network Devices 7.0 from Symantec  

Build number 7.0.557 (Hot Fix 1 7.0.559)

Release Notes

Introduction

Where to get more information

Features in this Release

Installation and Upgrade

Additional Information about this Product

Known Issues in this Release

Introduction

Inventory for Network Devices collects information from discovered devices on your network. You can get inventory data for devices, such as routers, switches, printers, Windows, NetWare, UNIX, and Linux computers. The information from these devices is stored in the CMDB. You can use reports to analyze the inventory data.

Inventory for Network Devices is part of the following suites:

  • Altiris™ Client Management Suite from Symantec
    For release notes, see Knowledge Base article 40929.
  • Altiris™ Server Management Suite from Symantec
    For release notes, see Knowledge Base article 45893.

Update: Localized documentation for this product is now available for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

To install localized documentation, open the Symantec Installation Manager, click Check for Updates and select the language documentation package that you want to install.

To view localized documentation, do one of the following:

  • Set your browser to a supported language, open the Symantec Management Console, and from the Help menu click Context or Documentation Library.
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Altiris\Documentation\Web\language\product

Where to get more information

The product installation includes the following documentation:

Document Description Location

User’s Gude

Information about how to use this product, including detailed technical information and instructions for performing common tasks.

This information is available in PDF format.

Help

Information about how to use this product. This information is the same as in the User’s Guide.

Help is available at the solution level and at the suite level.

This information is available in HTML help format.

The Documentation Library, which is available in the Symantec Management Console on the Help menu.

Context-sensitive help is available for most screens in the Symantec Management Console.

You can open context-sensitive help in the following ways:

  • The F1 key.
  • The Context command, which is available in the Symantec Management Console on the Help menu.

For more information, you can use the following resources:

Resource Description Location

Symantec Management Platform Release Notes

Information about new features and important issues in the Symantec Management Platform.

This information is available as an article in the Knowledge Base.

https://kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=45141&p=1

You can also search for the product name under Release Notes.

Installing the Symantec Management Platform products

Information about using Symantec Installation Manager to install the Symantec Management Platform products.

This information is available as an article in the Knowledge Base.

https://kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=45732&p=1

Altiris 7 Planning and Implementation Guide

Information about capacity recommendations, design models, scenarios, test results, and optimization best practices to consider when planning or customizing an Altiris 7 Infrastructure for your organization.

This information is available as an article in the Knowledge Base.

https://kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=45803&p=1

Knowledge Base

Articles, incidents, and issues about this product.

http://kb.altiris.com/

Symantec Connect (formerly Altiris Juice)

An online magazine that contains best practices, tips, tricks, and articles for users of this product.

http://www.symantec.com/connect/endpoint-management-virtualization

Online Forums

Forums for users of this product.

http://forums.altiris.com/

Features in this Release

The following are the main new features of this 7.0 release:

Inventory for Network Devices tasks

Inventory for Network Devices gathers data by running tasks that are part of the Symantec Management Platform task management component. The inventory data is stored in the CMDB. When you configure a network inventory task, you select the protocols and credentials to use for the inventory. You use a connection profile to configure the way the protocols are used.

Agentless Inventory task wizard

The new wizard-based approach helps simplify the creation of agentless inventory tasks. Through a simple 4-step wizard, you can specify the type of network devices to inventory, select network protocols to be used as well as enter task’s name, and choose when to run it.

Agentless Inventory portal

The portal provides a convenient landing page for everything related to Inventory for Network Devices with easy access to the Inventory wizard, Data mapping tables, inventory job status, and high-level visual status information.

Expanded protocol support

By leveraging the platform's Pluggable Protocol Architecture (PPA), we have expanded our supported network protocols to SNMP v2, IPMI and WS-Man.

Virtualization support

We have added support for VMware ESX 3.x/3i guest and host inventory.

Installation and Upgrade

Prerequisites

  • Notification Server 7.0 SP1
  • Network Discovery 7.0 (build 7.0.788)
  • Network Discovery Hot Fix 1 (build 7.0.791)

New Installation

The installation of Inventory for Network Devices is managed through the Symantec Installation Manager. You can download the installation files directly to your server or create offline installation packages.

For more information, see the Symantec Management Platform Installation Guide (see KB article 45732).

Upgrade Issues

Issue Article ID
The following data is migrated

1. The data class list from 6.X to 7.0:
Inv_SNMP_Host_Devices
Inv_SNMP_Host_Resources
Inv_SNMP_NW_Adapters
Inv_SNMP_NW_Disk_Storage
Inv_SNMP_NW_NLM
Inv_SNMP_NW_Partitions
Inv_SNMP_NW_Printers
Inv_SNMP_NW_Server
Inv_SNMP_NW_Settings
Inv_SNMP_NW_Settings_Descriptions
Inv_SNMP_NW_Volume
Inv_SNMP_Physical_Entities
Inv_SNMP_Printer (6.x)  -> Inv_SNMP_HP_Printer (7.0)
Inv_SNMP_Software
Inv_SNMP_Storage
Inv_SNMP_Win32_Print_Queues
Inv_SNMP_Win32_Services
Inv_SNMP_Win32_Shares

2. SNMP table map tables.
SNMPDeviceMap
SNMPTableMap

3. MIB files
All MIB files in the 6.0 NetworkInventory\Mibs directory are imported into the database during the upgrade.

 

Upgrade Steps

You can upgrade Inventory for Network Devices 6.x if you run the Symantec Installation Manager on a Notification Server 6.x computer. To upgrade from Inventory for Network Devices 6.x, you must first upgrade your 6.x Notification Server to Symantec Management Platform 7.0. During the Notification Server upgrade process, you can select to upgrade Inventory for Network Devices 6.x to 7.0.

For more information, see the Symantec Management Platform Installation Guide (see KB article 45732).

Additional Information about this Product

Security and Permissions

The Symantec Management Platform provides role-based security. The Admin role has all rights to perform all agentless inventory tasks. For other users, you can assign rights to different roles.
There are four unique privileges for Inventory for Network Devices:

Privilege Description
Read SNMP Table Lets you access the SNMP Table Mappings page for initial viewing.
Import SNMP Table XML Lets you import SNMP Table mapping definitions as .XML.
Manage SNMP Tables Lets you create, delete, and edit existing SNMP user tables.
Note: Pre-defined tables cannot be edited.
Test SNMP Table Mappings Lets you use the test snmp functionality on the SNMP Table Mappings page.
 

Known Issues in this Release

The following are unresolved issues in this release. For additional information regarding an issue, click the Article ID link.

Known Issue Article ID  Internal ID
Hierarchy support
Data Mapping tables do not replicate down.

Device Mapping tables are not replicated.

 

73529

75682

Licensing
License is not released when setting the device to “retired” status.
76824
Localization
Inventory strings in the migration wizard are in English.
74425
Uninstall
Uninstalling the solution from SIM will cause an error.
76166
Reports
Cannot drill down in the Network Devices. report.
75843
SNMP Data Mapping Table
Adding a column to a table causes an unhandled error.
76342
Multiple Inventory Tasks
If multiple inventory tasks are restarted before an instance is finished, several threads will timeout.
76601


Legacy ID



40801


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