Workflow Solution 6.5 Release Notes

Article:DOC1670  |  Created: 2008-09-18  |  Updated: 2008-09-19  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC1670
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Description



Question
What do I need to know about the 6.5 release of Altiris Workflow Solution from Symantec?

Answer

Altiris™ Workflow Solution 6.5

Build number 6.5.1302

Release Notes

Introduction

Installation and Upgrade

What's New in this Release

Fixes in this Release

Known Issues in this Release

Additional Documentation

Document History

Introduction

Altiris Workflow Solution provides advanced logic and workflow capability to Notification Server and the Altiris solutions. It lets you use pre-built workflow and workflow packs, and also lets you build custom workflow processes.

Installation and Upgrade

The following sections provide information for installing Workflow Solution.

Hardware Prerequisites

The hardware requirements for Workflow Solution match standard ASP.NET runtime requirements. The following minimum hardware configuration is recommended:

Workflow Designer
  • 2 GHZ processor
  • 1 GB of free disk space
  • 3 GB RAM
Workflow Server
  • Dual processor
  • 4 GB RAM

Software Prerequisites

The prerequisites for installing Workflow Solution are as follows:

  • Notification Server 6.0 SP3 R5
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 
  • Altiris Console 6.5

The following Altiris products are prerequisites for Workflow Solution. Because of dependencies, they are installed automatically (if not already installed) with Workflow Solution. If you want to build workflows that leverage these products, you need to install licenses that go beyond the 30 day trial. These Altiris products are installed in the following order:

  • Asset Management Solution 6.5
  • CMDB Solution 6.5 (Connector Solution is installed as part of the CMDB install)
  • Helpdesk Solution 6.0 SP5
  • Administrator SDK 1.4
  • Altiris Service 6.0 build 1060 (this must be installed on every Notification Server computer that a workflow connects to in order to retrieve data)

The prerequisites for installing Workflow Server are as follows

  • Microsoft .NET Framework* 3.5
  • Microsoft IIS* 5.x and higher

The prerequisites for installing Workflow Designer are as follows

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Workflow Server: Gets installed automatically during Workflow Designer installation.
  • Optional: Microsoft IIS 5.x and higher. An internal Web server is delivered with Workflow Designer that can be used with the debugger.
  • Altiris Agent
  • Microsoft SQL Server: Optional unless installing an instance of Process Manager on the same computer.

Install Notes

  • On the Notification Server, uninstall Altiris Workflow Solution 6.0 before installing Altiris Workflow Solution 6.5.
  • Set up NS Plugin credentials for the default Notification Server where the Workflow Designer is installed to provide the design time credentials for Altiris integration components.
  • Workflow Server licenses can only be assigned to computers where the Altiris Agent is running.
  • Set up the Deployment Solution plugin credentials to provide design time credentials for deployment solution integration components.
  • Installation options
    • Full: Workflow Server, Workflow Designer, Workflow Pages, Process Manager, Client Tools, and Sample Themes
    • Typical: Workflow Server, Workflow Designer, Workflow Pages
    • Server: Workflow Server
    • Custom: Select the items to install

Where to Download

You can download Altiris Workflow Solution from http://www.altiris.com/Download.aspx. You can also install Altiris Solutions directly from the Solution Center in the Altiris Console. You can download beta versions of Altiris products from http://beta.altiris.com.

New Installation

Installing Workflow Solution from the Solution Center

  1. Uninstall any previous version (example 6.0) of Workflow Solution using Add/Remove Programs. Note: After Workflow Solution 6.5 has been installed, the version reported in the console is still the previous installed version (example 6.0.5). This is done to maintain licensing from the previous release. The new version displays in Workflow Designer.
  2. From the Altiris Console, click the Configuration tab.
  3. In the left pane, select Configuration > Upgrade/Install Additional Solutions.
  4. In the Available Solutions tab, click Solutions.
  5. Click Symantec Workflow and follow the on-screen instructions. 

We recommend that you restart IIS after installing Workflow Server.

Installing Workflow Server

The Workflow Server is the execution environment for applications you build using Workflow Designer. It publishes processes to Workflow Solution. It is a standard Web server.

Because Notification Server and Workflow Server use different versions of Microsoft .NET Framework, we recommend that you install them on separate computers. You can install Workflow Server and Workflow Designer on the same computer; however, it is not required.

Workflow Solution provides a single installer executable for Workflow Server and Workflow Designer. In the install wizard, Workflow Server is automatically selected. It is a prerequisite for installing Workflow Designer.

  1. From the computer to which you want to install Workflow Server, open the Altiris Console and click View > Configuration.
  2. In the left pane, click Solutions Settings > Workflow > Workflow Download Links.
  3. In the right pane, click Click Here to download the Altiris Workflow Designer & Server.
  4. Select the computer you want to download Workflow Server on and download the file.
  5. Run the Workflow Solution Setup file.
  6. On the Choose Components dialog, check the Workflow Solution components you want to install. Workflow Server is a prerequisite for installing these Workflow Solution components. If you only want to install Workflow Server, un-check all of the other options or select Server as the type of install.
  7. On the Server Base URL dialog, enter the IP address or domain name for the server you are installing to.
  8. On the Notification Server Credential Note dialog, select to run the Notification Server Credentials Tool after installation.

Installing Workflow Designer

You use Workflow Designer to design workflows. These workflows are then published by Workflow Designer to Workflow Server.

Because Notification Server and Workflow Designer use different versions of Microsoft .NET Framework, we recommend that you install them on separate computers. Workflow Designer is designed to be installed on client computers. You can install Workflow Designer on the same computer as Workflow Server.

In order to license Workflow Designer, the computer you install it on must be a resource in Notification Server. The most common way to add a computer as a resource is to install the Altiris Agent on it.

Workflow Solution provides a single installer executable for Workflow Server and Workflow Designer. In the install wizard, Workflow Server is automatically selected. It is a prerequisite for installing Workflow Designer. You can then choose to install Workflow Designer.

You can install this program on as many client computers as you need. A license is required if you intend to deploy projects from Workflow Designer.

  1. From the computer to which you want to install Workflow Designer, open the Altiris Console and click View > Configuration.
  2. In the left pane, click Solutions Settings > Workflow > Workflow Download Links.
  3. In the right pane, click Click Here to download the Altiris Workflow Designer & Server.
  4. Select the computer you want to download Workflow Designer on and download the file.
  5. Run the Workflow Solution Setup file.
  6. On the Choose Components dialog, check the Workflow Solution components you want to install. Workflow Server is a prerequisite for installing these Workflow Solution components.
  7. On the Server Base URL dialog, enter the IP address or domain name for the server you are installing to.
  8. On the Select Additional Tasksdialog, the Task Tray Application is selected to run after installation. The Task Tray Application is used to set up integration between Workflow Designer and Workflow Server.
  9. On the Notification Server Credential Note dialog, select to run the Notification Server Credentials Tool after installation.
  10. On the Workflow Persistencescreen, set workflow persistence. This is where workflow data is stored while the process is running.

What's New in this Release

  • Support for SSL encryption between Workflow Solution and Altiris Notification Server
  • Components that integrate with Deployment Solution
    • Deploy Job by ID
    • Create DS Connection profile
    • Get Computer
    • Get Job
    • Get Scheduled Job
    • Get Task Definition from task
    • List Computers
    • List Jobs in Folder
    • List Schedules for Job
    • Run Job on Computer
    • Schedule Job on Computer
    • Wait for Job Completions
  • New Component
    • Computer Name Look up by IP
  • Support for Mobile form in Web Composer

Fixes in this Release

The following issues were resolved in this release. For additional information regarding a fixed issue, click the Article ID link.

Fix Article ID
Not applicable for this release

Not applicable for this release

Not applicable.

Known Issues in this Release

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

Known Issue Article ID
See Knowledgebase article 41818 (Workflow Solution Advanced 6.5 Release Notes)
Not applicable.

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).

By default, documentation files are installed in the following directory on the Altiris® Notification Server™ computer:

C:\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap\Help.

The following documentation is provided:

Workflow_Solution_Help.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
09/18/2008 Release Notes for Final Release

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