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Ability to set delete machines after so many days on a per group basis

Created: 29 Jul 2014 | 6 comments
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At the moment SEPM has the ability to set a delete machine after being offline for so many days but this works on an overall SEPM basis. It would be useful to have this on a group basis for estates that have a citrix based setup that reboot from a cloned image that replicate from a VM and create multiple machine instances.

This way you could have the rest of the SEPM say delete machines for example after 60 days of being offline and your citrix machine group set to delete offline machines after 1 day of being offline. This way reporting would be more accurate as it would as it would not be taking the offline duplicated machines into account and also using up licences on the SEPM.  

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HighTower's picture

You can do this in 12.1.5.  You'll have to configure your PVS Citrix servers to be viewed by SEP as non-persistent VDIs.  Then set the deletion option to delete non-persistent VDIs after 1 day.

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Unfortunatly we tried this when we had the case open with symantec and didn't do anything :-(

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HighTower's picture

In that case you can set the deletion per SEP domain instead of one rule for the entire SEPM.

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That won't work either as only what the virtual machines to delete after a day and not every machine in every group. 

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HighTower's picture

I guess I was going for "create a new domain for your virtual machines that you want deleted every day".  This isn't a solution but rather a workaround to save you the administrative overhead of manual deletion until Symantec decides to implement your idea.

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dsmith1954's picture

A much needed feature for SEP.

Unfortunately, from what I was told by Symantec support, the way SEP creates an entry in the console is to use a GUID generated upon boot up based upon the NIC(s) and computer name. Rather than do something simple like check the console and see if the computer name already exists, it checks for the randomly generated GUID. So every time a computer restarts, the possiblity exists that a new computer object will be created, using another license. The worst part of this is that if you go over your liscense count, a random number of your computers will no longer get definition updates.

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