Task Server 7.0 SP5

Article:DOC2154  |  Created: 2010-05-17  |  Updated: 2010-10-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC2154
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Description



Build number 7.0.8641

Task Server is an infrastructure component of Symantec Management Platform that provides task sequencing and automation for solutions that integrate with the platform. The functionality is similar to what Deployement Solution provides with its Job engine, but it is built on the Notification Server piece of the platform. This allows all integrated solutions to take advantage of its powerful features.

This component is part of Symantec Management Platform 7.0. For all platform release notes, see knowledgebase article 49812.

This document contains the following topics:

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Installation and upgrade

Prerequisites

 

Task Server computer requirements are as follows:

 

  • Microsoft .NET Framework versions 2.0
  • Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 32-bit or 64-bit. 
  • Symantec Management Agent

For desktops, Windows XP SP3 32-bit is required.

Task Server minimum hardware recommendations are as follows:

  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or equivalent
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1 GB disk space

Before installing Task Server on any version of Windows 2008, you must do the following:

  1. In Server Manager, ensure that the web services role is selected. This installs IIS 7.
  2. Enable the following options when installing the web services role:
      • IIS6 compatibility tools
      • (Under Application Development) ASP.NET
      • Windows Authentication
  1. After installing the web services role, run the following command.

    Warning! You must run this command before installing Task Server, not after; otherwise, the Task Server will not function:

     

    %systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set app "Default Web Site/" /applicationPool:"Classic .NET AppPool"

     

New installation

You can install this product by using the Symantec Installation Manager. You can download the installation files directly to your server or you can create offline installation packages.

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

Upgrade

You can upgrade this product from 6x versions if you run the Symantec Installation Manager on a Notification Server 6x computer. To upgrade from the 6x version, you must first upgrade your 6x Notification Server to Symantec Management Platform 7.0 or later.

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

Ports used by Task Server

Task Server uses ports 50120-50124.

Installation and upgrade issues

There are no known installation or upgrade issues for this release.

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Fixed issues in this release

The following are previous issues that were fixed in this release. If additional information about an issue is available, you can read it by clicking the Article ID link.

Issue Article ID Internal ID
Sample Task "Turns on Altiris Agent Upgrade" points to deleted policy.

Even though the sample task pointed to a deleted policy, the agent upgrade policy could still be used to perform the upgrade.

N/A 1862465
Script task doesn't work on Windows Server 2008 x64

If a script requiring user input is run on Windows Vista/2008 or later, you must run it as locally logged-on user. This is by Microsoft Windows design.

N/A 2115526

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Things to know

The following are things to know about in this release. If additional information about an issue is available, you can read it by clicking the Article ID link.

Issue Article ID Internal ID
Pop-up dialog box is blank when selecting Edit/New icon on "Update summary data" dialog.

For Notification Server to run properly, you must be able to install (or be prompted to install) ActiveX objects. If your IE settings prevent the ActiveX control from running, you will see errors when working with jobs and tasks. This is by design.

53191 1850633

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Known issues in this release

The following are known issues for this release. If additional information about an issue is available, you can read it by clicking the Article ID link.

Issue Article ID Internal ID
System.Net.Sockets.SocketException observed while trying to restart the Task server services (Altiris Object Host service)

In some cases the agent cannot register with task server, preventing users from running tasks on agent computers.

This is a known issue for this release and is under investigation.

N/A 2111808
Initial use of ‘.\username’ causes any script tasks specified as Machinename\username) to fail with error ‘Unable to open the file’ because of Profile loading problem.

This issue applies only to some operating systems, such as Window XP SP2 and Windows 2003. It does not apply to pre-Vista versions such as Windows 7 or Windows Vista Ultimate SP2.

 N/A 2069614
Task Server Task runs even though "Allow other tasks to run while running this task" is checked.

 

53009 1809168
Error when stopping a running task.

 

53035 1837026
Error when deleting a running task.

 

53036 1839882
A window is not displayed when cmd.exe is running in Task Manager as System even though the Show Script in a Normal Window option is selected

A new Windows 2008 security feature called "Session isolation" most likely causes this error. Related to incident 2115526, which was fixed.

54050 2068705, 2115526

Changing the tickle port in config and UI does not cause the tickle port to actually change.

If you change the tickle port under Site Server settings, or in the config from the default of 50123, the change is not made.  The server will continue trying to open 50123 which causes 'unable to connect to tickle server' errors in the log.
 

 

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