Migration of 6.x data to Symantec Management Platform 7.0

Article:HOWTO9623  |  Created: 2009-01-09  |  Updated: 2009-03-18  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO9623
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Question
How do I migrate Notification Server 6.x data to Symantec Management Platform 7.0?

Answer

Introduction

To migrate 6.x data, you use the Altiris Notification Server Migration Wizard. When you upgrade on a computer where Notification Server 6.x is installed (on-box upgrade), Symantec Installation Manager manages the entire upgrade process. Symantec Installation Manager runs the migration wizard to export the 6.x data to a data store file and later runs the migration wizard to import the 6.x data. When you upgrade on a computer where Notification Server 6.x is not installed (off-box upgrade), a Symantec Installation Manager dialog box provides the instructions for exporting the 6.x data. After you copy the exported data to the Symantec Management Platform 7.0 computer, Symantec Installation Manager runs the migration wizard so that you can import the data. If you want to run manually the Altiris Notification Server Migration Wizard, go to <Drive>:\Program Files\Altiris\Upgrade. Run the NSUpgradeWizard.exe.

The migration wizard lets you customize the data that you export and import. It uses exporters to export data and a corresponding set of importers to import data. Each product that has data to migrate has its own set of exporters and importers. When you export or import 6.x data, you can select the exporters or importers to use. You can also filter the data that an exporter or importer migrates. When you filter data, you select the specific data that you want to export or import.

This article includes the following topics:

For more information, see the topics on data migration in the Symantec Management Platform Installation Guide.

Data that you can migrate to Software Management Solution

You can migrate 6.x data from the following solutions to Software Management Solution 7.0:

  • Software Delivery Solution 6.x
  • Software Delivery Solution for UNIX, Linux, and Mac 6.x
  • Software Virtualization Solution 6.x

These 6.x solutions migrate data to Software Management Solution because their functionality is now incorporated into Software Management Solution.

Some of the functionality of Application Management Solution 6.x is also incorporated into Software Management Solution. However, you cannot migrate any Application Management data to Software Management Solution. Instead, you must re-create policies or tasks to repair Windows Installer applications or to update the source paths of Windows Installer applications.

For more information, see topics on Windows Installer in the Software Management Solution Help.

You can only migrate 6.x data if an exporter and its corresponding importer exists for that set of data. For example, any 6.x Software Portal requests that a user submitted and the 6.x policies that were created to fulfill the requests do not have exporters or importers. Therefore, you cannot migrate this Software Portal data. However, you can migrate the Software Portal settings Install Software and Install on Approval. These Software Portal settings are migrated with the  exporter and importer that migrates a software delivery package.

About the exporters and importers used to migrate 6.x data to Software Management Solution

The migration wizard lets you select the products whose data you want to export. Each product has its own set of exporters and importers.

The following sets of exporters and importers let you migrate 6.x data to Software Management Solution 7.0:

Mac Software Delivery exporters and importers

The Mac Software Delivery product has the following exporters and importers that migrate the Software Delivery Solution for Mac 6.x data:

  • Mac Software Delivery Package File
  • Software Delivery Package and Program
  • Software Delivery Task

These exporters and importers have the same functionality as the corresponding Software Management Solution exporters and importers.

For more information, see Software Management Solution exporters and importers.

Notification Server exporters and importers

The Notification Server product has a set of exporters and importers. This set of exporters and importers include the following that migrate Software Delivery Solution 6.x reports data to Software Management Solution:

  • Event Data Class Data
  • Inventory Data Class Data

Software Management Solution exporters and importers

The Software Management Solution exporters and importers migrate the Software Delivery Solution 6.x data and the Software Virtualization Solution 6.x data.

Exporter/Importer Description
Deliver Software Task Exports a Software Delivery Task Server Plug-in task and imports it as a Package Delivery task.

In the Symantec Management Console, you can view Package Delivery tasks in the Software folder, which is under the Jobs and Tasks view. You can access the Jobs and Tasks view from the Manage menu.

Sequential Software Delivery Task Exports a Sequential Software Delivery task and imports it as a Managed Delivery policy. 

In the Symantec Management Console, you can view the Managed Software Delivery policies in the Software folder, which is under the Policies view. You can access the Policies view from the Manage menu.

With an on-box upgrade to Software Management Solution 7.0 SP1, the migration of Sequential Software Delivery tasks might fail. For details on preventing this problem, see the knowledge base article 48858.

Software Delivery Package and Program Exports a Software Delivery package with its programs and imports the package with its command lines.

In the Symantec Management Console, you can view the software package in the Package folder, which is under the All Resources view. You can access the All Resources view from the Manage menu.

Before you can deliver a migrated package with Managed Software Delivery, Quick Delivery, or the Software Portal, you must assign the package to a software resource. When you assign a package to a software resource, the Software Portal settings Install Software and Install On Approval are migrated to the software resource.

For more information, see About assigning a 6.x software package to a software resource.

A software package that is migrated from Software Delivery Solution 6.x might lose its package server associations. If a software package loses its server associations, edit the package to reassign the package servers.

Software Delivery Package File Exports and imports the package files of a Software Delivery package that are stored locally. Use this exporter and importer with an off-box upgrade. With an on-box upgrade, this exporter is not checked by default. This exporter and importer have Software Delivery Package and Program as a dependency.

By default, a file is copied to the same drive and location that it had on the Notification Server 6.x computer. If a package file is already in the destination folder, the importer does not replace it with the corresponding 6.x file. If package files are migrated from a  6.x drive that does not exist on the Symantec Management Platform computer, you must specify an alternate drive. You specify the alternate drive when you import the data.

For more information, see Migrating package files to an alternate drive.

Software Delivery Solution for Windows License Certificate Exports Software Delivery Solution for Windows licenses and imports them as Software Management Solution licenses.
Software Delivery Task Exports a Software Delivery task and imports it as a Legacy Software Delivery policy. Use a legacy policy if you encounter problems when you deliver a 6.x package with the other delivery methods.

In the Symantec Management Console, you can view the Legacy Software Delivery policy in the Software folder, which is under the Policies view. You can access the Policies view from the Manage menu.

Some 6.x program options (such as After running, Starting Window, and Program can run) appear on the Advanced tab on the legacy policy.

For more information, see topics on Legacy Software Delivery in the Software Management Solution Help.

Virtual Software Command Task Exports an SVS Task Server Plug-in task and imports it as a Software Virtualization task.

In the Symantec Management Console, you can view the Software Virtualization task in the Software folder, which is under the Jobs and Tasks view. You can access the Jobs and Tasks view from the Manage menu.

Virtual Software Data Class Data Exports and imports software virtualization inventory and event  data. This data is not currently accessible with any Software Management Solution reports.
Virtual Software Package and Program Exports a Virtual Software Package with its program and imports the package with its command lines. It has the same functionality as the Software Delivery Package and Program exporter or importer.

For more information, see Software Delivery Package and Program.

Virtual Software Package File Exports and imports the package files of a Virtual Software Package that are stored locally.

On the configuration page of the migration wizard, the Filters option for Virtual Software Package File exporter or importer does not let you filter the packages files to migrate. It lets you only check or uncheck whether to import all the package files. Otherwise, it has the same functionality as the Software Delivery Package File exporter or importer.

For more information, see Software Delivery Package File exporter or importer.

Virtual Software Task Exports a Virtual Software task and imports it as a Legacy Software Delivery policy. Use a legacy policy if you encounter problems when you deliver a 6.x package with the other delivery methods.

In the Symantec Management Console, you can view the Legacy Software Delivery policy in the Software folder, which is under the Policies view. You can access the Policies view from the Manage menu.

Some 6.x program options (such as After running, Starting Window, and Program can run) appear on the Advanced tab on the legacy policy.

For more information, see topics on Legacy Software Delivery in the Software Management Solution Help.

UNIX Software Delivery exporters and importers

The UNIX Software Delivery product has the following exporters and importers that migrate the Software Delivery Solution for UNIX and Linux 6.x data:

  • UNIX Software Delivery Package File
  • Software Delivery Package and Program
  • Software Delivery Task

These exporters and importers have the same functionality as the corresponding Software Management Solution exporters and importers.

For more information, see Software Management Solution exporters and importers.

About assigning 6.x software packages to software resources

After you migrate 6.x software packages, we recommend that you deliver them with Quick Delivery, Managed Software Delivery, or the Software Portal. Before you can use any of those delivery methods, you must assign the 6.x software packages to software resources in the Software Catalog.

After you migrate 6.x software packages, the packages appear in the Symantec Management Console in the Software Package folder. The Software Package folder is in the Package folder under the All Resources view. You can access the All Resources view from the Manage menu. To assign the 6.x software packages to software resources, select one or more packages in the Package folder and on the right-click menu, click Actions > Assign to Software Resource. If you selected multiple 6.x software packages, a package conversion task is created that assigns the selected 6.x software packages to software resources. If you select a single 6.x software package, a wizard walks you through the process of assigning the 6.x software package to a software resource. When you assign 6.x software packages to software resources, you can edit the command line of each package. You also have the option to assign each package to an existing software resource or to a new software resource. 

For more information, see topics on assigning 6.x software packages to software resources in the Symantec Management Platform Help.

Migrating package files to an alternate drive

When you upgrade on a computer where Notification Server 6.x is not installed (off-box upgrade), you can migrate the files of software packages that are saved locally. If the package files are not saved locally, they are not migrated because they are accessed from their current location.

By default, package files are copied to the same location on the 7.0 server  that they had on the 6.x server. If the files on the 6.x server are on a drive that does not exist on the 7.0 server, you must specify an alternate drive. You specify the alternate drive when you import the data. If you don’t specify an alternate drive, the files are not imported. For example, the files for a 6.x package might be on drive F. If your Symantec Management Platform 7.0 computer does not have an F drive, you must specify an alternate drive. 

To migrate the files of a package to an alternate drive

  1. Start the Altiris Notification Server Migration Wizard on the Symantec Management Platform 7.0 computer and select the data to import.

    For more information, see the topic on starting Symantec Installation Manager in the Symantec Management Platform Installation Guide.

  2. On the Importer Configuration page, in the left pane, select one of the following products:

    Mac Software Delivery
    Software Management Solution
    UNIX Software Delivery

  3. In the right pane, click Filters for one of the following importers:

    Mac Software Delivery Package File
    Software Delivery Package File
    UNIX Software Delivery Package File
    Virtual Software Package File

  4. On the Filters dialog box, click Details.

  5. On the Filter Details dialog box, under Properties, in the Value column, select a drive for the "Alternate drive for package if package drive does not exist" property, and click Apply.

  6. On the Filters dialog box, click Apply.

  7. Complete the migration wizard.


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