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Chapter 15: Configuring Software Virtualization Solution

Created: 07 Jun 2007 • Updated: 12 Feb 2013
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The following procedures explain the steps to configure Software Virtualization Solution in a Notification Server environment.

Configuring Software Virtualization Security Privileges

You can assign security privileges for software virtualization administrative functions. Using role-based security, you can control who has rights to do the following:

  • Create Virtual Software Packages
  • Create Virtual Software Tasks

Quick Links

  • Security Role Management Example
  • Security Privileges Example

Security Role Management Example

You may want to give certain IT staff rights to create Virtual Software Packages. You may want to give certain other IT staff rights to only create and deploy Virtual Software Tasks based on predefined Virtual Software Packages.

To configure Software Virtualization Security Role Management

  1. From the Altiris Console, click on the Configuration tab.
  2. In the left pane, select Configuration > Server Settings > Notification Server Settings > Security Roles.
  3. Under Security Roles, highlight a user role.
  4. In the right pane, under Privileges, scroll down to Software Virtualization Solution Privileges.
  5. Select the privileges that you want the select role to have.
  6. Click other roles to assign them privileges as well.
  7. Click Apply.

For information about configuring security, see Security Role Management in the Notification Server help.

Manage This Package This is the right to manage a Virtual Software Package resource that is present on various computer resources.
Manage Virtual Software Packages This is the right to manage the Virtual Software Packages that are present on a specific computer resource.
Software Virtualization Wizard This is the right to launch the Software Virtualization Wizard to create Virtual Software Packages and task policies.

Security Privileges Example

You may want to give certain IT staff rights to change the status of a Virtual Software Package on a client computer without giving the right to use the wizard to create Virtual Software Packages.

To configure Software Virtualization Security Privileges

  1. From the Altiris Console, click on the Configuration tab.
  2. In the left pane, select Configuration > Server Settings > Notification Server Settings > Item Tasks.
  3. Right-click an item task you want to see security for and click Properties.
  4. Click Security.
  5. Set the desired security options for this item task.
  6. Click Apply.

For more information about configuring security, see Security Role Management in the Notification Server help.

Deploying and Managing the Software Virtualization Agent

This section describes how to deploy and manage the Software Virtualization Agent.

  • Deploying the Software Virtualization Agent
  • Custom Agent Installation Settings
  • Upgrading the Software Virtualization Agent
  • Uninstalling the Software Virtualization Agent with a Policy

Deploying the Software Virtualization Agent

The Software Virtualization Agent manages the Virtual Software Packages deployed to client computers. Each computer that will use Virtual Software Packages must have the Software Virtualization Agent deployed and installed on it. For instructions, see Deploy the Software Virtualization Agent.

Custom Agent Installation Settings

You can modify the agent installation settings to do the following:

  • Restart the Client Computer Automatically after Agent Install
  • Install SVS Admin Tool during Agent Install
  • Restart the Client Computer Automatically after Agent Install

The Software Virtualization Agent Package is used to install the agent. The package has three predefined programs:

  • Installation
  • Uninstallation
  • Upgrade

When you use the default Software Virtualization Agent Installation Program, client computers will not be restarted by default. However, after the agent installation, the client computers must be restarted to enable the agent.

If you want to force a computer restart after the agent is installed, you can modify the Software Virtualization Agent Package.

To modify Restart Options for the Software Virtualization Agent Package

  1. From the Altiris Console, click the Configuration tab.
  2. In the left pane, select Configuration > Solution Settings > Software Management > Software Virtualization > Windows > Software Virtualization Agent Rollout.
  3. Select Software Virtualization Agent Package.
  4. In the right pane, click the Programs tab.
  5. From the After running drop-down list, select Restart Computer.

    You can modify the restart option for either the default installation program, or you can create a new program, copy all settings from the default installation program, and change the After running option in the new program.

    For more information about package and program settings, click the help icon.

  6. Click Apply.

Install SVS Admin Tool during Agent Install

By default, when you deploy the Software Virtualization Agent, the SVS Admin tool is not installed. There is a separate policy that will install the agent with the SVS Admin utility.

To Install SVS Admin with the Software Virtualization Agent Package

  1. From the Altiris Console, click the Configuration tab.
  2. In the left pane, select Configuration > Solution Settings > Software Management > Software Virtualization > Windows > Software Virtualization Agent Rollout.
  3. Select Software Virtualization Agent Package.
  4. In the right pane, click Software Virtualization Agent With SVS Admin Install.
  5. In the right pane, select Enable.
  6. Use the default Program name.
    Caution
    Client computers must be restarted after the agent is installed. The default program prompts the user for a restart. For information, see Restart the Client Computer Automatically after Agent Install.
  7. Select the collection to install to.

    By default, the agent will be installed on all computers in the All Windows 2000/ XP/2003 Computers collection. You can use the default or click the link to make changes.

  8. Configure the multicast and scheduling options.

    For information, click the help icon.

  9. Click Apply.

Upgrading the Software Virtualization Agent

You can use a policy to upgrade the Software Virtualization Agent from managed computers. You would use this policy after upgrading to a new version of Software Virtualization Solution that has an updated version of the Software Virtualization Agent. The Software Virtualization Agent Upgrade policy is found under Configuration > Solution Settings > Software Management > Software Virtualization > Windows > Software Virtualization Agent Rollout.

Uninstalling the Software Virtualization Agent with a Policy

You can use a policy to uninstall the Software Virtualization Agent from managed computers. The Software Virtualization Agent Uninstall policy is found under Configuration > Solution Settings > Software Management > Software Virtualization > Windows > Software Virtualization Agent Uninstall. By default, this policy uninstalls the Software Virtualization Agent from all computers listed in the Computers With Software Virtualization Agent Installed collection. To uninstall the agent from a smaller group of computers, you can specify a different collection.

Note By default, uninstalling the Software Virtualization Agent does not remove layers. To uninstall the Software Virtualization Agent and also remove all layers see Uninstalling the SVS Agent and removing all layers

For information about uninstalling the Software Virtualization Agent, see Uninstalling the Software Virtualization Agent.

Chapter 14: Using Software Virtualization Solution

Chapter 16: SVS Task Server Plug-in