Resource Targets being deleted every 7 days
I have recently been made aware of an issue that is affecting a couple of different customer SMP environments, which our company manages. Essentially, randomly the Resource Targets applied to the "Windows Patch Remediation Settings" would disappear for no reason.
After getting a case logged with Symantec and getting absolutely nowhere (All they cared about was closing the case without a resolution), I decided to look into the issue further on my end. I was able to confirm that the Resource Targets which have been applied to the "Windows Patch Remediation Settings" policy are stored in the Item table as an XML definition and each time it is change the XML is regenerated and displayed as a Web Page. Assuming, that the issue was the Resource Association disappearing or becoming corrupt I created a SQL Trigger which would monitor the Item table for any changes to the XML. However, when the Resource Targets disappeared again I discovered that nothing in the Item table had been changed. In fact the Resource Targets were still there in the XML definition.
As such I ran a search of the CMDB for the Guid's of the missing Resource Targets and discovered that they had been deleted. Digging deep uncovered that on each Sunday at 2:40AM a couple of Resource Targets were being deleted (The NS.Weekly Scheduled Task runs at this exact time).
I was wondering if anyone knows what process would mark a Resource Target for deletion when the NS.Weekly scheduled task runs. The issue does not occur every week but I can see a distinct pattern in the DeletedItem and was hoping someone could shed some light on what would cause this behavior.
Thanks for any input.