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What is the logic for SMP Purge Maintenance on computers?

Created: 07 Feb 2013 • Updated: 14 Feb 2013 | 2 comments
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On Altiris 7 SMP (7.1 SP2)

Settings --> Notification Server --> Purging Maintenance

What is the logic for "have not reported data for" - what values and events are queried to produce the result set?

"Purge managed computers reporting to this NS, which have not reported data for"


What is the best practice recommendation for managing Retirement of computers and retaining data in a Parent --> Child NS structure. Is it set the Retiral process on the child only or child and parent?

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mclemson's picture

This looks at several data classes and includes inventory and event data.  Configure this at the parent level to replicate to child NS's.  (Closest KB I can find to reference this at the moment is

If a computer in resource manager shows 'Last Event Received' within the purge period (e.g. if it Last Event Received is 12 days ago and you set it to 30 days), it will not be purged.  You can read about the purge process here:

That article is for NS6 but it's the same GUID and process in NS7, with minor updates for things like table name changes.  You can view the spPurgeResourceEvent stored procedure for more information about what happens when maintenance runs against the selected resources.

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Mike Clemson, Senior Systems Engineer, ASC
Intuitive Technology Group -- Symantec Platinum Partner