Components of Client Management Suite

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Components of Client Management Suite

Client Management Suite is a collection of solutions that run on the Symantec Management Platform. The following table lists all the solutions in Client Management Suite and also provides a short description of each.

See About Client Management Suite.

Table: Components of Client Management Suite



Symantec Management Platform

Symantec Management Platform provides a set of services that IT-related solutions can leverage. By leveraging these services, the solutions that are built on the platform can focus on their unique tasks. They also can take advantage of the more general services that the platform provides. 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 Ghostâ„¢, 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 versions 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 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).

Out-of-Band Management Component

Out-of-Band Management Component lets you discover computers with ASF, DASH, and Intel AMT in your environment and configure them for out-of-band management.

Out-of-band management lets you manage client computers regardless of the state of their power, operating system, or management agents. You can remotely change the power state of the computer and collect hardware inventory. You also can perform other management tasks that normally would require a visit to a client computer.

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.

pcAnywhere Solution

pcAnywhere Solution is a remote control solution. It lets you manage computers, resolve help desk issues, and connect to remote devices.

Power Scheme Task

The Power Scheme Task component helps you discover and remotely configure the power settings of your Windows computers.

See About Power Scheme Task component.

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.

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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