Video Screencast Help
Endpoint Management Community Blog
Showing posts tagged with Symantec Management Platform (Notification Server)
Showing posts in English
adtlink | 21 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce Altiris 7 Beta IV for both Client Management Suite and Server Management Suite. This will be the final beta cycle prior to the release of these products. We appreciate your input into the product over the past few months; you're your help the product has improved greatly. As we prepare to release the product, we invite you to make a 'final review' across the various key features of Altiris 7. We have created scenario-based surveys as a guide for your testing.

As an incentive, we will be providing giveaways for joining our testing and development groups in ensuring that we are prepared to release Altiris 7. The giveaways include:

  • $20 iTunes Gift Card
  • Altiris 7 Premier Beta Team T-Shirts
  • Altiris 7 Beta Runners Jacket
  • Altiris 7 Beta Polo Shirts

Here is how it works. We have created 5 scenario-based test plans in the form of an online survey which cover all of the solutions in SMS 7 and CMS 7.

vortex0007 | 16 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

Symantec has released Service Pack 2 (Build 6.0.1505) for Altiris Task Server and simliar to the previous release, this is a complete build of the solution and not an upgrade. The release notes can be found here. . What this means for existing Task Server customers is <moan> <groan> another uninstall/reinstall of any existing Task Servers </moan></groan>.

For those who are still on the original release of Task Server (6.0.1356), here is a heads up that might help with your rollout. Customers that are already on SP1 (6.0.1404) can safely ignore this tip.

One of the many files Task Server requires to...

haim96 | 23 Dec 2008 | 0 comments

In my environment (NS 6) there are a lot of scheduled tasks running on permanent time and day but from time to time I need to temporary disable a task and then enable it again.

With NS 6 there is only one option to disable task:

By disabling the shared scheduled that the user uses (IF he uses...) but in this way all the tasks that use the same shared scheduled will be also disabled.

The other way is delete the scheduled task and then recreate it when you need it again. Not very good option when the task runs on a variety of collections and computers...

So I came up with another option that allow me to disable the task but keeps it from deletion (and the collections\computers selections).

Create new shared scheduled in:
Configuration-> notification sever settings -> shared scheduled.

Select "Add...

EMercado | 15 Dec 2008 | 0 comments

Among the fixes in this rollup is improved for XP, Server 2003 and 2008, Collection Picker load time fixes, and an updated AexAgentUtil when using the /clean option.

You can get the hotfix from here:

You can view the release notes here:

If you have Helpdesk Solution installed, don't forget to this link to finish fixing a License Refresh issue:


Raman | 05 Dec 2008 | 2 comments

Have you ever heard that Altiris agent.dbo table gets corrupted and you are not able to deploy agents? Here is the query that will help you to delete corrupted items from table.

Below error faced in Console

To Resolve this, log into the database server for Altiris and go to Query and write the database name.

For example: Use altiris

Delete from Altiris.dbo.AgentPushdata

This query will delete the Corrupted contents from table and hence issue will be resolved.

haim96 | 03 Dec 2008 | 1 comment

I deployed Altiris agent to computers in one of our sites and then installed an agent on one of the server in the site and set it as task server for that site.

The next day I notice that none of the computers is managed by the task server that I configured.

I checked the configuration on the NS server and every think looked right. Then I notice something strange, under the configuration part, in the task server roll out there are two collections:

  1. Task server with HTTP.
  2. Task server with IIS.

I notice that my new task server appeared under the IIS collection while other task servers appear under the HTTP collection.

I checked the task server and it had IIS installed (without any use of it). So I dig in it some more and found that when I installed the agent and then set it as task server, if the...

BRING | 11 Nov 2008 | 2 comments

We all like the ease-of-use and access of the Altiris Agent logviewer application. It gives us quick and easy access to look at the agent-side logs. It is a bit cumbersome, and as the graphic below shows, you need to click the browse button to be able to view the other stored files on the computer.

One day, when needing to review the files for a problem that I was troubleshooting, I needed to look at some historical information in the logs, when lo and behold, I clicked on the Browse button and nothing happened. Why?

Well, I came to find out that a new security policy...

CondorMan | 15 Oct 2008 | 3 comments

VMWare is now offering ESX for free! I have been using it on my test system and it works great. I can now run multiple versions of Notification Server and Deployment Server on separate virtual machines.

For me, the best part about ESX is that all the guest OSs share common memory pages. That means you can have four Windows Server 2003 virtual machines up and since most of the data stored in memory is the same, they cumulatively will use about the same RAM as two servers.

Alon | 30 Sep 2008 | 5 comments

I have often been asked if Altiris can work well in a Novell environment. The main reason for concern is the perception that Altiris is tied directly to MS Active Directory. For the most part we work just fine in such an environment. There are only really 2 areas that are difficult:

  1. Initial client installation - There are two issues here. The first being is that you can use AD GPO objects to do the install. This is not really a big deal because you can use Novell login scripts instead which also solves any rights issues when running from the login script.
  2. We can't get user information from the domain (because it's not there). However we can use connector solution to pull contact information from eDirectory using LDAP if it's needed.

Once our agent is on the system then just about all solutions work just like...

CondorMan | 24 Sep 2008 | 1 comment

If you use Sysinternals tools on many different computers for your troubleshooting, go to and you will be presented with a list of all Sysinternals executables.

You can run them directly from there instead of finding, downloading, and extracting them through the regular site. It has been a great timesaver for me.