Managing Virtual Software Layers using Software Management Solution 7

Article:HOWTO30254  |  Created: 2009-04-15  |  Updated: 2009-04-15  |  Article URL
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Where is Software Virtualization Solution in Symantec Management Console 7?


There is not a separate Software Virtualization Solution for Symantec Management Console 7.  In the newest generation of this management platform, the task of managing virtual software layers is now integrated into Software Management Solution.  Though the interface may be new and a little different, following these simple steps, you will be managing your virtual software layers in no time.

As in Altiris Notification Server 6, you will need to start by placing each virtual software archive in its own folder.  This is similar to conventional installation programs you want to manage using Software Management.  Where you put these folders is up to you.

After you have the vsa files in the folders, you need to create a Software release for them.  In your Symantec Management Console, click on Manage > Software.  On the left, expand the tree and select Software > Software Catalog > Deliverable Software > Releases.  After selecting Releases, wait for the pane on the right to load, it should say Releases near the top if you have the correct one.  Click the Import button. The Import Software: Specify Software dialog will launch. 

From the Source drop-down list, select the method by which you will access the vsa file. On the Location line, click the Browse button to browse to and select the folder containing the vsa file. (If under Package contents The following message shows up, “Please verify that you have the Java 2 JRE (Standard Edition v1.6) installed,” see knowledgebase article 46264.)  After selecting the location, click the Display Location button, select the vsa file name under Package Folder then click next. On the next page of the dialog, fill out the fields as desired, then click the OK button. You server will now create the software resource package.

If you left the Open software resource for editing… check box marked, the resource will be opened in a new window.  In the new window, click the Package tab.  You will see Command Lines will have been automatically created for some of the more common SVS functions.  If there are other functions you will be using, you can create them now or come back and edit the package later.  In this walk-through, I will create a command for Set active on startup.  Click the Add command button.  The Add or Edit Command Line dialog will launch.  Use a name that is descriptive of the command, not the package. For this command, use the name, “Set active on startup.” For Installation file type select, “VSA Software Installation File” from the list. On the Command line, click the Edit button. For Installation mode select, “Set active on startup.” Click the Generate Command Line button. The SVScmd.exe command line will be auto-generated for you. Click OK. Click OK.  You will now see in your list of Command Lines, Set active on startup. Click Save changes, wait for the window to reload, then close it.

Now that you have the software resource defined for your vsa, you can deliver and manage the layer as you would any other software package.

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