Components of Server Management Suite

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Components of Server Management Suite

Server Management Suite is a collection of solutions that run on the Symantec Management Platform. These solutions let you discover, inventory, monitor, and provision servers from a central Console.

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Table: Components of Server Management Suite



Symantec Management Platform

Symantec Management Platform provides a set of services that IT-related solutions can leverage. Solutions plug into the platform and take advantage of the platform services, such as security, reporting, communications, package deployment, and Configuration Management Database (CMDB) data. The platform services also provide a high degree of consistency between the solutions, so that users do not need to learn multiple product interfaces.

Symantec Management Platform includes the following components:

  • Configuration Management Database (CMDB)

  • Notification Server

  • Symantec Management Console

  • Symantec Management Agent for Windows

  • Symantec Management Agent for UNIX, Linux, and Mac

  • Network Discovery

  • Software Management Framework

  • Reports

Deployment Solution

Deployment Solution helps to reduce the cost of deploying and managing servers, desktops, notebooks, and thin clients from a centralized location in your environment. It offers operating system deployment, configuration, personality migration of computers, and software deployment across different hardware platforms and operating systems.

Deployment Solution provides integrated provisioning, disk imaging, and personality migration from the Symantec Management Console. Using Symantec Ghost™, you can perform initial computer deployment using standard images and migrate user data or application settings to new computers.

Deployment Solution includes a 7.x version that runs on the Symantec Management Platform and a license for the latest 6.x version. These licenses can be installed separately.

Inventory Solution

Inventory Solution lets you gather inventory data about the computers, users, operating systems, and installed software applications in your environment. You can collect inventory data from the computers that run Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Mac.

After you gather inventory data, you can analyze it using predefined or custom reports.

Inventory Pack for Servers

Inventory Pack for Servers gathers server-based inventory data from servers. It runs on top of the Inventory Solution and uses the same Inventory plug-ins, tasks, and wizards.

Inventory for Network Devices

Inventory for Network Devices gathers inventory data from the devices that are not managed through the Symantec Management Agent.

You can gather inventory on the devices that are already discovered and exist as resources in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

Monitor Solution

Monitor Solution lets you monitor various aspects of computer operating systems, applications, and devices. These aspects can include events, processes, and performance. This ability helps you ensure that your servers and your devices work and reduces the costs of server and network monitoring.

Monitor Pack for Servers

Monitor Pack for Servers works with the Monitor Solution core components of the Symantec Management Platform. Monitor Pack for Servers is a collection of policies that let you monitor operating system performance, services, and events of your Windows, UNIX, and Linux server environment.

Patch Management Solution for Windows

Patch Management Solution for Windows lets you scan Windows computers for security vulnerabilities, and view the results of the scan. The system lets you automate the download and distribution of the security patches. You can create filters of the computers and apply the patch to the computers that need it.

Patch Management Solution for Linux

Patch Management Solution for Linux lets you scan Red Hat and Novell Linux computers for security vulnerabilities. The solution then reports on the findings and lets you automate the download and distribution of needed errata, or software updates. The solution downloads the required patches and provides wizards to help you deploy them.

Patch Management Solution for Mac

Patch Management Solution for Mac lets you scan Mac computers for the updates that they require. The solution then reports on the findings and lets you automate the downloading and distribution of needed updates. You can distribute all or some of the updates.

Real-Time System Manager

Real-Time System Manager provides you detailed real-time information about the managed computer, and lets you remotely perform different administrative tasks. You can run the tasks immediately, or on a schedule. With Real-Time System Manager you can also manage computers out of band, using the ASF, DASH, and Intel AMT technologies.

Real-Time System Manager also lets you run some of the management tasks on a collection of computers.

Software Management Solution

Software Management Solution provides intelligent and bandwidth-sensitive distribution and management of software from a central Web console. It leverages the Software Catalog and Software Library to ensure that the required software gets installed, remains installed, and runs without interference from other software.

Software Management Solution supports software virtualization technology, which lets you install software into a virtual layer on the client computer.

Software Management Solution also lets users directly download and install approved software or request other software.

Virtual Machine Management

Virtual Machine Management lets you perform the virtualization process on your network. You can create virtual environments of servers, storage devices, and network resources on a single physical computer.

IT Analytics Solution

IT Analytics Solution software complements and expands upon the traditional reporting that is offered in most Altiris solutions. It brings exciting new features and capabilities to Notification Server because it incorporates multi-dimensional analysis and robust graphical reporting and distribution features.

This functionality allows users to explore data on their own, without advanced knowledge of databases or third party reporting tools. It empowers users to ask and answer their own questions quickly, easily, and effectively.

Altiris IT Analytics Symantec Endpoint Protection Pack is also included in this solution.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Integration Component

The Symantec Endpoint Protection Integration Component combines Symantec Endpoint Protection with your other Symantec Management Platform solutions. You can inventory computers, update patches, deliver software, and deploy new computers. You can also back up and restore your systems and data, manage DLP agents, manage Symantec Endpoint Protection clients. You can do this work from a single, Web-based Symantec Management Console.

Enhanced console views

The enhanced Symantec Management Console views replace the default console views for computers and software that existed in Symantec Management Platform version 7.0. For tasks and policies, the enhanced views add drag-and-drop functionality. In addition, you can now search the tree rather than drilling down to find specific tasks or policies.

The enhanced views are incorporated into the existing console. They let you manage computers, software, jobs and tasks, and policies more efficiently with fewer clicks. For example, you can now drag policies onto computers to apply the policies to those computers. This action eliminates multiple steps that the previous console required to accomplish the same thing.

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