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Altiris 7.1 CMS and SMS

Created: 04 Dec 2012 • Updated: 04 Dec 2012 | 9 comments

Hi All,

We have around 1300 servers and 7000 desktops.

Can we install the SMS and CMS in one server and four site servers, with these can i able to manage my environment ?

what would be disadvantage ?

 

 

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.Brian's picture

What are hardware specs of your server? I would be most conncerned about what may happen if it doesn't have the proper specs...

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Triinu Gross's picture

I recommend you to go through the "Performance and scalability recommendations for IT Management Suite" chapter in the IT Management Suite Planning and Implementation Guide.
The guide is located at the following URL:
http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC4827

You can also check the "Recommended IT Management Suite 7.1 hardware" article, at the following URL:
http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO44238

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andykn101's picture

The main disadvatage with mixing Client and Server Management Suites on the same Symantec Management Platform can be security, you might need to segregate permissions quite carefully so desktop admins can't deliver software to servers etc.

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Papa-Gio's picture

Based on the comments I see here, could the issue be resolved by implementing a hierarchy?  Have one Master SMP NS server with two children SMP servers, each hosting the CMS and the SMS.  Having one central database has to the end result since no one wants to manage two completely separate environments which would lead to more than duplicate work.  Just thinking out loud...

 

John A.

andykn101's picture

If you want or need to have two seperate NSs for security or scalability reasons I'd be tempted to just forward data from one to the other instead of having a third to forward data to.

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Papa-Gio's picture

I like the option of just having two servers much better.  Forwarding the data should be a simple enough setup change.

John A.

EMercado's picture

I have a similar scenario (1300 servers and 5000 desktops) and I chose using a single server and creating security roles. Setting up the security roles was not that difficult except in areas where they had to share common areas (like Patch Remediation Center). I once did try to go the whole data forwarding route in 7.0 and it was by far the WORST experience I ever had with Altiris. Data would not forward, databases were growing exponentialy due to replication failures, multiple servers/databases to manage instead of one, duplicate efforts for the same task (jobs/patches/inventory). It was a nightmare. When we upgraded to 7.1, I put everything on a single NS (CMS/SMS/Asset), built the security roles, and now I am a much happier administrator.

ba_vivek's picture

thanks Guys for your inputs, here is my configuration details

Also i'm not worried about secutiry roles,  only 4 people who is going to manage both servers and desktops.

 

NS  config : VM

OS : 2008 R2 datacenter

RAM : 16GB

Processors : 8 core

 

DB : Physical and cluster

SQL 2008

OS : 2008 R2 datacenter

RAM : 32GB

 

 

 

Papa-Gio's picture

I should have mentioned that in our configuration we have 2500 Servers, 15,000+ workstations in 86 different sites across the country and around the world...  Will eventually deploy 35 Site Servers as well.

John A.