Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.9 Release Notes

Article:HOWTO8146  |  Created: 2007-10-11  |  Updated: 2008-06-10  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO8146
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Question

What has changed in Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.9?

Answer

Altiris® Deployment Solution™ 6.9

Build number 6.9.174

Release Notes

Introduction

Installation and Upgrade

What's New in this Release

Fixes in this Release

Known Issues in this Release

DS 6.9 Hotfixes

Known Limitations

Additional Documentation

Document History

Introduction

Altiris Deployment Solution integrates Windows-based Deployment Server systems with the Web-based Altiris solutions and services. A Deployment Server system for a specific site or defined subnet includes Windows applications, tools, and utilities for daily management of computer resources at the local level, and furnishes you with a Deployment Web Console for management from the Web browser.

Deployment Solution can help you organize computer groups, schedule deployment jobs, distribute disk images, and update packages. Deployment Solution provides a wide array of tools, utilities, and applications to design a system for your specific needs.

Installation and Upgrade

Where to Download

Deployment Solution 6.9 can be obtained from http://www.altiris.com/Download.aspx. Deployment Solution 6.9 is a full product installation and can be upgraded from Deployment Solution 6.1.

Supported Platforms

For a list of supported platforms in this release see Deployment Solution 6.9 supported platforms and system requirements.

New Installation

For instructions, see the Deployment Solution 6.9 Reference guide at http://www.altiris.com/Support/Documentation.aspx.

Upgrade Installations

Stop the following services on your Deployment Server before starting the upgrade process: Altiris Deployment Server Data Manager, Altiris Deployment Server DBManagement, Altiris Express Server, Altiris PXE Server, Altiris PXE Manager, Altiris Config Helper, and Altiris PXE MTFTP Server.   

Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.8 SP2
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.8 SP1
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.8 (Disable AutoUpgrade due to article 33129)
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.5 SP1
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.5
Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.1

Silent Installation

Deployment Solution allows you to walk through the Deployment Solution installation wizard to create an answer file (install.ini) which automatically sets options when running a silent install. For details on this process see article 22602, "Can Deployment Solution be installed silently?"

What's New in this Release

Improvements for this release include the following new features:

Windows Server 2008 Support

Deployment Solution 6.9 provides imaging and management support for Windows Server 2008. Agent support is provided using DAgent (first introduced on Windows Vista). DAgent is fully functional on Windows Server 2008 and supports a full range of agent functionality. DAgent runs on Win32, Win64 and IA64 Itanium platforms.

RapiDeploy, ImageX, and Ghost Imaging of Windows Server 2008

Deployment Solution 6.9 provides the ability to capture and deploy Windows Server 2008 images using RapiDeploy, ImageX, and Ghost using WinPE 2.1. ImageX and Ghost support Win32 and Win64 platforms in WinPE 2.1. RapiDeploy and Image X also provide Windows Server 2008 imaging support on Itanium platforms, and RapiDeploy provides support for imaging from Linux automation.

Windows Server 2008 Scripted OS Install Job

Scripted server installations are supported for Windows Server 2008.

WinPE 2.1 Support added

New installations of Deployment Solution 6.9 support creation of WinPE 2.1 automation environments for pre-boot and imaging tasks. - Upgrade installations of Deployment Solution 6.9 support creation of all previously installed automation environments.

Multiple lookup keys for Deployment Server and PXE

In previous version of Deployment Solution, only a single primary lookup key could be used to identify a computer. Additionally, PXE always used MAC address as the primary lookup key regardless of the lookup key specified in the Deployment Console. Deployment Solution 6.9 allows the use of multiple lookup keys in combination to identify a computer, and PXE now uses the lookup key(s) specified in the Deployment Console.

Remote Agent install for Deployment Agent

Deployment Solution 6.9 introduces Remote agent install for Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Support Views based on permission of Group

Deployment Solution 6.9 can restrict viewing of computers from unauthorized users, based on their rights to manage a given computer. When a user without access rights to a computer or group of computers logs in, those computers are not visible. This is option is disabled by default.

VMware Virtual Center 2.01 support

In the Deployment Console, you can add or import 1.x and 2.x virtual centers. These virtual centers are displayed in a tree view as Rack and Blade enclosures do with a visual relationship between the virtual center and the virtual machines that it hosts. Administrators can visually distinguish a virtual center 1.x from a virtual center 2.x.

Scripted installations of VMWare ESX 3

Deployment Solution 6.9 provides support for scripted installations of VMware ESX 3.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5-update 1 support

Deployment Solution 6.9 supports Red Hat Enterprise Server 5 update 1.

Windows CE 6.0 Thin Client support

Deployment Solution 6.9 provides an agent for the Thin Client Windows CE 6.0 operating system. This agent can manage the WinCE 6.0 based Thin Client using the Deployment Console.

Macintosh OS X 10.5 support

Deployment Solution 6.9 supports OS X 10.5.

Fixes in this Release

Click here for a list of issues fixed in this release.

Known Issues in this Release

Click here for a list of known issues in this release

Deployment Solution 6.9 Hotfixes

Hotfixes have been released for the Altiris Express Server (axengine.exe v6.9.176),  Altiris Client Service (AClient.exe v6.9.176), DAgent Default Component (6.9.177),  CE 6.0 Agent (6.9.177), and Deployment Server Console (eXpress.exe v6.9.177). 

Click here to access the Hotfixes.

Note:  The information displayed from the 'Help > About' menu in the Deployment Console only reflects the version of the 'express.exe' executable.  After applying all of the above hotfixes the build number shown from 'Help > About' will be 6.9.177.

Known Limitations

The following are some of the known limitations you might encounter when using Deployment Solution:

Description Article ID
Prompt for current network location after a Windows Vista Scripted Installation 40813
Using WinPE 2.1 with VMware virtual machines 40812
Remote Agent Installer for Windows Vista and Windows 2008 Servers requires UAC to be turned off 38609

Additional Documentation

Altiris product documentation is available in Microsoft* HTML Help (.chm) and Adobe Acrobat* (.pdf) formats. To view Altiris product documentation in .pdf format, use Adobe Acrobat Reader (available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html).

By default, documentation files are installed in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Altiris\eXpress\Deployment Server\Docs

The following documentation is provided:

  • Product Guide
  • Deployment Console help
  • Boot Disk Creator help
  • DS Config Utility help
  • ImageX
  • PXE help
  • RapiDeploy help
  • Deployment Web Console help

Altiris Information Resources

Source What Information it Includes Location
Altiris Documentation Information about new features, update instructions, and known issues for each release. Includes Altiris formal documentation such as release notes, help, reference guides, best practice articles, and technical reference articles. http://www.altiris.com/support/documentation
Altiris Knowledgebase Comprehensive collection of articles, incidents, and issues for Altiris solutions. http://kb.altiris.com/
Altiris Juice:
an online magazine for Altiris users
Best practices, tips and tricks, and articles for users of Altiris solutions. http://www.altiris.com/juice
Online Forums Forums for Altiris solutions and suites. http://forums.altiris.com/

Document History

Date Changes
 June 10, 2008  Added articles 40878, 41990, and 41964 to known issues KB
 May 21, 2008  Placed Fixed, Known, and Hotfix tables in separate KB's.
 May 21, 2008  Added article 41650 to Hotfix KB now linked to this article (41787)
 May 20, 2008  Added article 41635 to known issues
 May 19, 2008  Added article 41550 to known issues
 May 14, 2008  Added article 40418 to known issues
 May 14, 2008  Added article 40912 to known issues
 May 13, 2008  Added article 41238 to known issues
 May 8, 2008  Added article 41648 to known issues
 May 8, 2008  Added article 41623 to known issues
 May 8, 2008  Added article 41647 to known issues
 May 8, 2008  Added article 41645 to known issues
 May 1, 2008  Added article 40960 to hotfix section
 May 1, 2008  Added article 41216 to hotfix section
 May 1, 2008  Added Hotfix section to release notes
 April 30, 2008  Added article 41540 to known issues
 April 21, 2008  Updated official build version to 6.9.174. Build version 6.9.174 includes a fix for the issue described in article 41125.
 April 7, 2008  Added article 40912 to known issues.
 April 7, 2008  Added article 41218 to fixed issues.
 April 2, 2008  Added article 41143 to known issues.
 April 1, 2008  Added article 41125 to known issues.
 March 25, 2008  Added article 41019 to known issues.
 March 19, 2008  Added articles 40978 and 40960 to known issues.
 March 17, 2008  Added article 23887 to known issues.
 March 12, 2008  Modified WinPE 2.1 new feature statement.
March 06, 2008 Initial release.

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