Symantec™ Workspace Streaming 6.1 Release Notes

Article:DOC1724  |  Created: 2008-12-15  |  Updated: 2011-08-01  |  Article URL
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Note: This is not the current version of Symantec Workspace Streaming.


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Symantec Workspace Streaming was previously released as Altiris Software Virtualization Solution Professional.


Features in this Release

Supported Platforms

System Requirements



Known Issues in this Release


Symantec Workspace Streaming is a complete software lifecycle management solution, providing the following:

  • Instant delivery of virtual and traditional applications
  • Powerful, verifiable license tracking with active enforcement
  • Support for a mobile workforce by streaming entire applications for offline use
  • Application version control, enabling new version upgrades with a single-click

Features in this Release

The following are features of this release:

Stream MSIs directly into virtual layers

You no longer need to convert MSIs into virtual layers before creating streaming packages. MSIs can now be packaged and installed into a layer dynamically, greatly simplifying virtual application rollout. Leverage your investments in existing MSI applications without additional repackaging effort while still retaining the full runtime installation logic.

Enhanced mobile user provisioning

Applications can be automatically targeted for offline use when streamed to laptops. This improves user experience while reducing management overhead for the IT staff to support mobile workers.

Flexible application distribution

Distribute the application’s startup blocks (typically 10-15%) via portable storage device (USB), network share or any other software distribution mechanism. Users stream the application after launch, providing additional options to distribute and access streamed applications with the IT admin retaining full control of licensing and usage at all times.


Performance enhancements

Performance enhancements have been made to the package upload process, MSI package distribution, and in several other components. The initial streaming performance has been improved by 25-30% for snapshot applications.

Scalability enhancements

Over 200% improvement in the number of sessions supported by the streaming server. More number of users can now be served with fewer servers.

Support for Windows 2008 server
Packaging templates

Application specific template files can now be to used to further simplify the packaging process. Templates contain settings specific for each application and are portable for easy sharing between users.

Supported Platforms

Client operating systems
    Windows XP SP2 or SP3
  • Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows 2000 is supported only in legacy mode. New functionality in 6.1 is not supported on this platform.
Server operating systems
  • Windows 2008
  • Windows 2003
  • Microsoft SQl Server 2005
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000
  • Oracle 10 and 11
  • PostgreSQL when installed by Workspace Streaming

The following databases are no longer supported in 6.1: All versions of MySQL, Oracle 8, 9, and Microsoft SQL Server

System Requirements

System Processor Pentium III, 500 MHz minimum
System Memory 256 MB memory minimum
Free Disk Space 50 MB of free disk space, plus twice the size of the installed application(s) (NTFS recommended)
System Processor Minimum 1GHz of processor capability
System Memory 2 GB memory minimum
Free Disk Space 2 GB of free disk space, plus three times space required by the applications to be uploaded on to the server
Streaming Composer
System Processor Pentium III, 700 MHz minimum
System Memory 256 MB memory minimum (512 MB recommended)
Free Disk Space 30 MB of free disk space, plus three times size of the package


Complete installation instructions are included x


Complete upgrade instructions are included x

Known Issues in this Release

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

Server Known Issues Article ID
 Problems with Data Access server failover when using SSL/LDAP.  44726
 Troubleshooting slow LDAP queries.  44727
 Manual steps required when changing the user data source from Microsoft Active Directory to Novell eDirectory.  44728
 Server installation quits unexpectedly after a failed connection to SQL Server 2005 when using fully qualified domain name.  45530
 Data Access server port is reset to default after editing Server Group Configuration details.  45531
 Background streaming data transfer values don't apply in direct request mode.  45532
 License descriptor maximum usage and Inactive application users reports require manual update when using an Oracle database.  45533
Client Known Issues Article ID

 If a network interruption occurs during streaming of a virtual software package the process must be restarted.

 Icon and package prepopulation does not succeed when client uses IP address to contact a server configured by hostname.  44730
 Icon refresh causes 5.2.2 shortcut icons to remain after upgrade.  44732
 Reghook doesn't run on Windows Vista if driver verifier is active.  44733
 Appstream client installation fails when Altiris SVS is already installed.  44735
 Streaming Agent cannot be installed by guest user on Windows XP.  44736
 Streaming package upgrade might fail if registry settings are removed between versions.  45534
Packaging Known Issues Article ID

 Error occurs when streaming an Office 2003 MSI package on Vista systems with McAfee Enterprise 8.5i.

 The Admin Console "Available Packages" screen delays during initial load.  44738
 Non-admin users are unable to upgrade Microsoft Visio package.  44739
 Office 2007 SVS package doesn't launch properly on XP systems with Computer Associates Enterprise 8.1.  44740
 Office 2007, Project 2007, and Visio 2007 require snapshot packages.  44741
 Streaming an MSI application as an SVS layer works for single user installations only.  44742
 After streaming opening Office 2007 Pro help initiates self-heal.  44752
 Possible conflicts streaming Office 2003 and Office 2007 virtual packages on the same system.  44753

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