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Ludovic Ferre | 19 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

One of my customer reported a problem that caused one of their child nothing server to run at 100% CPU and consume almost all memory (out of 32GiB available).

I first looked at the timing (it was reported last Friday) and I thought this was possibly linked to the PMImport release as last week we had Patch Tuesday (so we released the PMImport Wednesday and replicated it to the child server Thursday evening.

But this was not it. First the memory ballooning problem happened on 3 different processes: the w3wp pools for the Altiris-NS-Agent and TaskManagement as well as the AeXSvc itself.

With all three processes running we would see large chunks of memory being released in a clean drop and go right back up in after nice curve. This was because the 3 processes were fighting for the scarce memory resources and causing each other to have to be scavenged every now and then.

Stopping on of the application pool pegged the memory to ~12 GiB for each of the other...

Ludovic Ferre | 18 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Based on demand I have updated both the PatchAutomation [1] and ZeroDayPatch [2]downloads with a few additional features that allow the user to better control which bulletins are handle and how to invoke the tools.

Here are the new feature command line details:

/config=<file path>
    Reads the file at the provided path and parses each line for com-
    -mand line options. Here is a sample config file content:

    This option allows the user to specify a custom stored procedure to
    be called during the execution. The stored procedure may be present
    on the database (if not the automate will return with no errors) and
    must contains the following columns that are used and needed:
      * _resourceguid [Software bulletin guid]
      * released [Software bulletin release date]
      * bulletin [Bulletin...
ohzone - CherylPeterson | 15 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

The Endpoint Management team is gearing up to celebrate another successful event at Symantec Vision. Filled with new sessions and the same 1:1 access to Product Management and Development, it’s time to register and start customizing your Vision Experience.

This year, Vision is all about the extras—including new types of breakout sessions and hands-on labs, expanded networking opportunities, and even more flexibility to customize your Vision experience. You might even win the chance to choose your own Grand Prize. So register now, and then visit the Vision website to:

  • Explore the Vision Session Catalog. Then choose sessions that will help you embrace BYOD and support all the different devices across your organization or...
Sumit G | 15 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Best Practices articles of Symantec Software Management 7.1


Symantec Software Management 7.1 Best Practices, Part 1

Symantec Software Management 7.1 Best Practices, Part 2

Symantec Software Management 7.1 Best Practices, Part 3

Ludovic Ferre | 05 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

A new file was released today and added to the ns7pl tree.

Here are the addition to the Solution tree and links to the revision:

Revision: 8737de84ed8c
Author:   Ludovic FERRE <>
Date:     Mon Feb  4 15:51:07 2013
Log: md5 = 8e278fd63cf1492e12a0237e184d9dcf


Ludovic Ferre | 05 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

I have a customer that has some problems with one of three child servers, with some serious memory consumption there going from 2 GiB for TaskManagement, ~2.5GiB for AeXSvc and anything above that (sometimes 5GiB+) for the Altiris-NS-Agent.

This is causing some serious troubles obviously, as the CPU are all clogged up (95~100% on 24 real cores). So first we reduced the overall impact by limiting the number of CPU's the process is allowed to on (using advanced setting and processor affinity mask).

And then we took a few dumps to see how the memory gets up to 4GiB or more...

I'll detail the WinDbg commands (and how to load mscorewks via sos.dll) but here's the over view running DumpHeap -stat at various stages.

Note! Here are the field names used below in order, Memory address, object count, total size, object type. The listing is sorted by size ascending. So the interesting data is at the end.

ArthurV | 30 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

I had an issue where I would run a Task like 'Update Client Configuration', but the NS would show a ‘Failed’ status after a few hours.  On the client, it would show 'Success - return code 0'.  The reason it failed was because the 'Altiris Client Task Data Loader' service was not running.  I tried starting the service, but got a ‘Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion’. 

The solution for me was to follow the instructions provided by K. Kennedy at

Ludovic Ferre | 29 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Update! Added the Dataclass and Filters top level items as they also needed fixing. Also I added a reference to my original SP1 to SP2 upgrade post, with steps for fixing the issue [1].


I attended an upgrade for a customer installing MP1.1 on 4 servers in hierarchy (1 parent, 3 children). We had some minor problems when we got started but nothing major:

  • 2 servers (including the parent) did not have the MP1.1 upgrade option because SMP 7.1 SP2 was not appearing as installed in SIM. We just ran the upgrade as a new installation.
  • The parent configuration went much to fast to be healthy. In effect it did not install most of the products, so we ran the "aexconfig /configureall" manually and this fixed the environment
  • One role had been granted undesired rights (inherited from the hidden parent folder)  on main console locations: "Reports", "Console menu", "Settings"...
Ludovic Ferre | 25 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

Today, I'd like to re-introduce a rare (endangered?) specie of owl: Sam.

As brightly advertised here Sam is not a random name, as it stands for Scalable Active Management. Now if you have worked with Altiris you probably know of SolutionSam, but not necessarily where that came from in itself. was registered in 1999 when Computing Edge decided to create Active Management Solutions (in opposition to passive solutions that worked on top of SMS), the ancestors of Inventory Solution (Inventory +Solution, including Exchange +Plus, Audit +Plus etc [1]) , Software Management Solution (Download +Solution). 

Nowadays the site still holds the 6.0 solutions (a directory browsable folder [2]) and the 7.x solutions tree, not browsable but visible inside the It replicated via Akamai content delivery network for fast world wide availability of the content....

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 24 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

The Vision 2013 Call for Papers is now open.

Do you have a case study featuring successful implementations of Symantec products? Or best practice tips and trick using Symantec solutions? The Vision team is now accepting proposals for sessions at Vision 2013 Las Vegas.

To apply, simply provide a brief summary of what you would like to cover in the session and why it would appeal to Vision attendees. The Vision team will respond to all applications by February 21, 2013.

UPDATE: The deadline to submit your Papers has been extended until February 21, 2013

You can submit your proposal...