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New Version of Symantec Installation Manager (7.0.553), Now Handling Compressed pl.xml File Download?

Created: 22 Dec 2009 • Updated: 22 Dec 2009 • 5 comments
Ludovic Ferre's picture
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I'm not sure that this is totally new but I have only noticed it now, apparently related to some side effect of the changes or may be not (see forum entry here).

SIM now handles compressed pl.xml so the download process is much faster than before, because the compressed xml file is now 3.4MB versus 19.3MB uncomrpessed. This is a pretty good compression ratio of 5.74.

And it has a direct impact on user experience, as the following screen shots do show a download time difference using the raw versus zip download path. First I had to make sure the zip path is in use in the registry (not default yet):

SIM_pl.xml_Zipped.png

Then download took 9 seconds!

SIM_Download_pl_xml_Zip.png
 

versus 41 seconds previously!

SIM_Download_pl_xml_Raw.png

Still we have some way to go as the load time (even with only 9 seconds of download) is still ~ 1 minute (15:10:22 -> 15:11:17 for the UI to load once the context is initialized):

SIM_Complete_Loading.png

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lryder's picture

So where do you downlaod the latest SIM version?

I currently only have the .552 version :( and our Corporate servers have no internet access

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

It should be under the Trialware download page on Symantec.com.

Select to download CMS 7.0 or SMS and you'll get the link to SIM.

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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ipetit@technip.com's picture

"It should be under the Trialware download page on Symantec.com" -> NO, still 7.552 !

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Pascal KOTTE's picture

But I still have issues to download from the trial Symantec web page: (probably some security behaviour my site)

  • - sorry can not...
  • - or repeat login request...

Any other link to download this stuff :(

~Pascal @ Kotte.net~ Do you speak French? Et utilisez Altiris: venez nous rejoindre sur le GUASF

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

Hi Pascal,

Do you have a working SMP Server (any version)?

You should be able to get the SIM past versions (any 7.0) from a running version of SIM.

I know it's not as straight forward but for some strange reasons (too many lawyers?) the SIM file is never posted in a public place for easy download (it may be trade compliance issues again, albeit one won't be able to craft missile or power plants from it, nor could they hijack the software to do something smart with it ;).

In all cases, this is the best option (I can think off) for you now, if the trial page doesn't work for you...

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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