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Installation of Package Server

Created: 08 Dec 2008 • Updated: 08 Dec 2008
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The article is a brief how-to on installing Package Servers. There needs to be planning on the NS infrastructure and where and what kind of package servers should be created (constrained or unconstrained) in order to optimize network bandwidth. This document doesn't go into any of this detail or detail on what the specific settings do. The reader is referred to the NS 6.0 Reference Guide and knowledge base for detailed information.

Package Server Requirements

  • 500 MB Hard Disk free space minimum
  • 128 MB RAM (Recommended minimum)
  • NTFS File System
  • NT4 SP6a, XP, Windows 200 and Windows 2003 Operating System
  • IIS 4 or later version. IIS is required for HTTP downloads. Microsoft File & Print is required for UNC downloads.
  • Altiris Agent must be installed

Configure the Altiris Agent Settings for Package Servers

This is a one time setting for all package servers. Settings can be adjusted as necessary.

1. Click on the Configuration tab > Altiris Agent > All Package Servers and configure the settings for your package servers.

Configure the Global Altiris Agent Settings

This is a one time setting for all package servers. Settings can be adjusted as necessary.

2. Click on the Configuration tab > Altiris Agent > Global Altiris Agent Settings > Authentication and set the Agent Connectivity credentials that package servers will use to access the source files.

Add a Package Server

This is step must be done for each new package server.

3. Click Configuration > Server Settings > Notification Server Infrastructure > Package Servers.

4. Click the + icon. The Find Resource web page dialog appears:

5. Click Find after entering the parameters to locate the candidate computers for package servers. Selecting the default parameters will display ALL candidate computers for pack servers.

6. Highlight the computer you want to be a package server and click OK. The computer will appear in the Package Servers list.

Configure the Settings for the Package Servers

This is a one time setting for all package servers. Settings can be adjusted as necessary.

7. Click the Settings tab on the Package Servers web page.

Configure Site Maintenance for the Package Server

8. Click Configuration tab > Server Settings > Notification Server Infrastructure > Site Maintenance.

9. If you don't already have a site configured for this package server, click the + icon. The New Site web page dialog appears:

10. Enter the name for the new site.

11. If the IP Addresses for this package server are not in the list to select, click the + icon.

The Add a Subnet web page dialog appears:

12. Enter the subnet and subnet mask.

13. Repeat the last two steps for each additional subnet and mask.

14. From the Site Maintenance, click the Package Servers tab.

15. A list of all package servers appears.

16. Highlight the Package Server you which to assign to a site and then click the "Assign to site" icon.

The Select a Site web page dialog appears:

17. Select the site and click OK.

Your package server is now configured. Once the Package Server receives its next client policy configuration, it will get the package server agent package and policy and install the agent.

The package server status can be monitored via the Package Servers web dialog page.