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Package Servers and eliminating packages per site?

Created: 12 Jul 2013 | 5 comments

Hello Everyone, 

This may be a very simple question for most of you but I was hoping you may be able to help me out. We are using Altiris CMS 7.1, we are a small-medium enterprise of about 5000 employees. We have around 142 remote sites all with their own package servers. What I am trying to do is reduce the overhead of the packages on sites that do not need all of the packages. 

For example: 

As it is right now, all packages and all updates are set to replicate to all package servers. There are some packages we would never need at these 142 sites, so for the sake of server build times, bandwidth control (these sites have rather slow connections), and space, I would like to set different packages to deploy (replicate) to certain sites. 

I may be making this harder than it is, but can anyone help me think of the best, easiest way to do this? 

Thanks in advance!

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andykn101's picture

I usually just concentrate on the big packages, but as far as I know the only way to restrict it is to edit the Packages one by one, either from the Package tab of the Software Resource or from the Manage > All Resources > Package menu.

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Pravtiris's picture

Thank you Andy, will give this a shot. I was thinking of setting up different site groups in Altiris and using policies somehow to manage this, but if there is an easier way I would love to know lol. I tend to make thing way way harder then they have to be. 

md investigate's picture


as andykn101 already mentioned you can set in the console only per package.

Other way would be an asdk script. But for this you need any property of the package to identify where it belongs to. Maybe you have a tag in the name of the package which says where it belongs to?

Just give a short feedback if you want to know more.


Pravtiris's picture

Going to look into this. Do you think I could do it by GUID and associate the GUID's to different sites? 

Thanks for the suggestion. 

md investigate's picture


could be possible. You can add a software package to an organizational group. Dependent on the group you can have a script which determines the group and set the package server for the packages in their.