What has changed in Deployment Solution 6.8?
Installation & Upgrade Instructions
What's New in This Release
Deployment Solution 6.8 provides native production agents on x64 and Itanium platforms for several Windows and Linux operating systems. Itanium hardware support includes imaging and scripted operating sytem installations. Job conditions, filters, and inventory reporting have been updated to support these platforms.
64-bit WinPE and Linux automation environments are supported for preboot computer management, and several other enhancements have been made to support 64-bit computers.
Deployment Agent Enhancements
Enhancements include reduced-bandwidth inventory collection and new functionality to load balance the automatic update of your existing agents. Live events are now logged (events launched by right-clicking) and server-side scripts no longer require the client be connected to execute. Job status reporting has also been enhanced to let you monitor jobs more closely.
Enhanced Sysprep Support
Deployment Solution 6.8 has tighter sysprep integration. When deploying images prepared using sysprep, you can now add mass storage drivers, select operating system type, and provide the product key directly from the task interface.
Sysprep features are also supported on 64-bit operating systems.
Deployment Solution 6.8 Automation includes an updated Linux automation operating system with new enhancements and drivers. WinPE support has been enhanced with the ability to select the preferred boot model and include components to provide support for Windows scripting, HTML applications, and ADO objects for SQL server connectivity.
Boot Disk Creator provides additional security options to lock the keyboard in all automation environments and functionality to automatically detect when you are missing executables for multiple architectures.
PXE Server has received several enhancements to support auto-detection and booting of 64-bit and Itanium computers. The PXE Config Utility has a new status window providing real time status of the PXE servers in your environment.
When you install a new version of Deployment Solution, the new PXE Server software is detected, downloaded, and installed automatically eliminating the need to manually upgrade.
Additional enhancements include better detection of updated boot images and bandwidth-throttled downloads of boot images across PXE servers in your network. New modes of operation enable PXE servers to work across more diverse networks, and PXE Server can now service multiple NICs. See article 27249, "PXE Modes of Operation," and article 27250, "Enabling PXE Server Multi-NIC Support." The PXE Mode of Operation can easily be set by using the PXE Mode Utility; see article 28035 for more information.
When you upgrade automation operating systems, you now have the option of regenerating PXE boot images with the updated files to avoid manual re-creation.
Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Imaging
Native support is provided to image computers using Linux LVM.
Software Virtualization Solution (SVS)
Native support is included for managing SVS layers, and several SVS sample jobs are included. A trial version of SVS is included with Deployment Solution 6.8.
Deployment Solution 6.8 can be obtained at http://www.altiris.com/Download.aspx. Deployment Solution 6.8 is a full product installation, and supports upgrading from version 6.1 or later.
To install, see:
27304: Deployment Solution 6.8 Installation Guide.
To upgrade, see one of the following:
27289: Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.5 SP1
27294: Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.5
27296: Upgrading from Deployment Solution 6.1
27070: Deployment Solution 6.8 Supported Platforms
Deployment Solution allows you to walk through the Deployment Solution installation wizard to create an answer file (install.ini) that automatically sets options when running a silent install. For more details on this process, see article 22602.
Customers Using the HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP):
Use the following link to download and install the HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack instead of Deployment Solution 6.5: http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/rdp/rdp-agreement.html.
|Static IP addresses don't work in WinPE Automation Images||Automation||17366|
|Force all new Windows Agents to take default settings not saving proxy options||AClient||20457|
|Selecting the “Secure modification of service properties (with password)" comes back with incorrect password||AClient||19065|
|Duplicate computer names and network settings when imaging with Windows 98||AClient||17861|
|Deployment of Win98 image halts on Duplicate name error||AClient||17861|
|Right-clicking on computer and then clickin on Wake up doesn't wake up clients||AClient||24295|
|Computer hangs in post configuration when it is trying to join the Domain||AClient||22948|
|Distribute software jobs with the option "Copy directly from file source then execute" fail to install the package||AClient||23887|
|Win2000 client with Netware client software will not shut down. WinXP works fine with NW Client||AClient||3451|
|Access denied during Veritas backup||AClient||21038|
|Post image configuration fails to join domain with error 122 line 2212||AClient||26440|
|(bios 1.15) causing Copy File event to fail with error 112||AClient||24338|
|Unable to open Notification Server client UI Window||AClient||26524|
|Active Directory OU information does not get reported in Basic Inventory||AClient||19568|
|AClient property Refresh Connection can cause Deployment Server to crash if misconfigured||AClient||19196|
|Cannot lock keyboard in Linux and WinPE environment||Automation||25192|
|Registry Capture in non-DOS pre-boot operating systems fail but report success||Automation||20076|
|Automation partitions with a static IP Address do not synchronize their IP with the production operating system||Automation||20765|
|Add the directive "quiet" to the append line in pxeconfig.0/default.||Automation||24348|
|"This program caused a divide overflow"||Automation||24338|
|Token Replacement for WINPE is being Overwritten by Aclient running in automation||Automation||26409|
|Error 1455 is recorded in the Aclient.log file when attempting to launch rdeploy through WinPE.||Automation||26446|
|Undefined exit code 2 with RIP distribution||Axengine||22800|
|When using serial number as the primary lookup key, two entries are created in the console instead of one||Axengine||20570|
|RDeploy Does Not Start Multicasting Session if Client Computers Have Multiple NIC and First NIC is Unplugged||Axengine||26378|
|Boot Disk Creator gives error when adding DOS drivers to network card list||Boot Disk Creator||19554|
|There is a limit of 15 characters on the password in the Boot Disk Creator||Boot Disk Creator||18439|
|"Install/Remove Automation Partition" should be "Create Automation Partition Installer/Uninstaller"||Boot Disk Creator||24321|
|Receiving error "create file winpeoem.sif" when trying to create a WinPE Automation partition||BootDisk Creator||24832|
|Using BootWorks ISO to boot failing as it tries to write to the A Drive||Bootworks||21752|
|BootWorks reports Chassis Manufacturer rather than System Manufacturer||Bootworks||24387|
|BootWorks hangs on Sending Status after imaging a server using a French operating system||Bootworks||24389|
|Deployment Server 6.1 and 6.5 are adding static routes to the wrong NIC during post configuration after imaging||Configuration||24403|
|Job Wizard gives null permissions error about Modify Configuration||Console||20398|
|Computer name range adds extra zeros||Console||20159|
|New Job Wizard displays "Unable to complete Modify Configuration altiris\n task on (null) Permission is not granted" when creating a distribute image task||Console||20037|
|When selecting a group jobs, then deselecting some of them all the jobs still run||Console||19632|
|Cannot see .EXE file under the Resource view.||Console||20992|
|After turning on DS Security and importing AD users, 32 bit DS console freezes||Console||22145|
|Wake up Power Control task prompts users that computer needs to be rebooted.||Console||24261|
|The database has a limit of 128 characters for “Additional Command Line” options||Console||26220|
|Highlighted computers don't get the assigned job unless reselected in the Select Computers Dialog||Console||1096|
|Unable to successfully copy a job within the DS console that contains user defined tokens within the job's conditions||Console||24341|
|Initial Deployment job is creating two computers with the same MAC address in the database.||Console||24349|
|Deployment Solution 6.5 Win32 console does not scroll smoothly when dragging a computer to a job||Console||26380|
|AD Users that are members of both AD and DS groups are removed from DS Groups and security roles||Console||26387|
|When placing IP addresses into the DNS list of a computer, the computers will have a reversed order of TCP/IP||Console||1234|
|Why are Security Permissions for FSC, IBM, and Dell Computer objects are not listed in the SecurityPermission table?||Database||20131|
|Connectivity issues trying to connect to the Deployment Server database||Database||22609|
|Renaming computer groups does not update them in all relevant database tables||Database||24334|
|Locking Public on Deployment Solution database can cause issues with rights in Deployment Server||Database||22512|
|Dsdbsecurity.exe only works on databases named "express"||Database||26426|
|Recursive Triggers is not set on DS database if the name is not "express"||Database||20521|
|Web Console does not allow actions or login even though the user's security is set correctly||Datamanager||23694|
|Collection query needs to be updated "Machines without Current Deployment Agent"||Deployment Agent||19164|
|Deployment Solution DBScrape does not gather information from all required tables in Deployment Solution 6.5 build 299||Deployment Agent||25880|
|Deployment Solution Agent configuration passwords should be persistent||DS Scrape||20217|
|When installing Deployment Solution (NS DSVIEW), the installation is looking for *pt.config files but cannot locate them.||DS View||19572|
|When viewing a DS collection inside of Notification Server with more than 3000 computers the process times out||DS View||24318|
|Deployment Solution database errors if the service account doesn't have full SQL System Administrator rights||Installation||22864|
|Security issues with the Deployment Server database||Installation||22609|
|The SQL Server name field is too short in Deployment Solution setup in DS setup||Installation||18069|
|AxInstall fields are too small to display standard 15 characters computer name||Installation||20757|
|Default pre-boot operating system selection does not remain if you click Back||Installation||26223|
|Installing DS with multiple NICs will not show an error even if it should||Installation||24336|
|Port could be confusing||Installation||26386|
|Error 170 when running silent install of Deployment Solution 6.5 or 6.8 with remote Named instance of SQL server||Installation||26434|
|PCIDetect is not loading the correct driver for the Intel Pro 100 NIC||PCIDetect||24300|
|Custom PXE boot images with more than two layers fail to load additional layers||PXE||26054|
|Deployment Solution 6.5 SP1 PXE Boot image deployment lack of throttling during initial PXE install||PXE||26441|
|User is prompted for user ID and password when starting PXE Configuration from Deployment Solution||PXE Config||18300|
|Problem with quotes in the command line entry for WinPE Rdeploy||Rdeploy||23565|
|User must tab out of the location text entry box to have the Next button available when running RDeploy manually||Rdeploy||17904|
|Error 41 after an image is downloaded to the machine through PXE with Linux preboot environment||Rdeploy||24401|
|Rdeploy errors with memory allocation failure when imaging a Japanese operating system on customer's computer||Rdeploy||26228|
|Rdeploy is limited to imaging nine hard disks||Rdeploy||18761|
|When running Rdeploy manually and creating the lastrun.cfg file for post image configuration the Password is not encrypted||Rdeploy||26437|
|Linux multicast doesn't recover after disconnect||Rdeploy||23984|
|DS DBScrape does not gather information from all required tables in Deployment Solution 6.5 build 299||Scrape||25880|
|When creating answer file for scripted install via wizard, time zone for Japan (Tokyo) is misspelled as Tokio||Scripted OS Install||21023|
|REM BOOTWORKS UNLOAD no longer works in scripts||Scripts||20430|
|If you change the account password in the Control Panel Applet, it will return an error of "The account name xxxxx is invalid or does not exist, or the password is invalid for the account name specified"||
|Cannot use tokens inside the Sysprep settings window in a distribute||Sysprep||22247|
|When distributing a software package folder thru the Aclient whose executable references another file in the working directory the message "File not found" will be displayed.||Task/Job||22124|
|Additional command-line switches limited to 100 characters||Task/Job||22050|
|Copy File to tasks will not copy a file larger than 2 GB in size||Task/Job||21927|
|Building Blade servers using Initial Deployment||Task/Job||21169|
|Cannot create or modify a "Create Disk Image" or "Distribute Disk Image" job that includes using the "Prepare using Sysprep" option||Task/Job||20848|
|SQL errors when importing jobs into Deployment Solution 6.5||Task/Job||20621|
|After importing a Disk Image task that is configured for Sysprep the task cannot be modified||Task/Job||24326|
|Character Limit for the Additional command-line switches prevents the ability to install Altiris agent using all the proper parameters||Task/Job||22050|
|Scripted operating-system partition size does not stick if using percentage size||Task/Job||21217|
|Repeating scheduled jobs stop their schedule if the job returns a non zero return code||Task/Job||3802|
|Task Return Handler associations removed on import of job||Task/Job||17755|
|Jobs with return codes other then 0 will not repeat||Task/Job||24335|
|OS scripted install process for ESX server sample job fails to install correctly||Task/Job||26443|
|Cannot enter Linux file paths in imaging jobs when automation type is set to "Default Automation"||Task/Job||26447|
|When clicking outside of data grid in Scripted OS Install wizard after entering value causes value not to be saved.||Task/Job||26541|
|Scripted operating system install returns an error of "Unable to find xxxxxxx.bat"||Task/Job||21821|
|Axsched is setting the Repeat job to run every 0 minutes and this causes some jobs to repeat||Utilities||24303|
|Command line utilities are not properly documented to refer to new options for SQL instances||Utilities||24333|
|Web Console Login for username is case sensitive||Web Console||19572|
|Exception is thrown if a duplicate server name with a trailing space is entered via the Web console||Web Console||21716|
|DS Web Console does not support user names with spaces||Web Console||24397|
|Incorrect number of fields in the import computer file when importing computers through the DS Web console||Web Console||26381|
|Web Console errors out when searching within large groups with approx 4600 members||Web Console||26382|
|Web console very slow when assigning a job folder with multiple jobs in that folder to computers||WebConsole||18335|
|An extra zero is added to the end of a computer name if zero is the last digit when creating a virtual machine in the Web Console||WebConsole||26429|
|Inconsistent UI behaviors between Web and 32-bit console||Windows Console||20063|
|After turning on DS Security and importing AD users, 32 bit DS console freezes||Windows Console||16854|
|VMware virtual center will not sync with Deployment Solution if Deployment Solution security is enabled||Windows Console||23627|
|When trying to change the bay names in the console, they do not return in order||Windows Console||23570|
|Users are getting permissions they are not granted when they drag jobs||Windows Console||22983|
|Configuration Job: When using minus (-) sign to set domain suffix, Deployment Solution says "Domain suffix is not a valid suffix"||Windows Console||22294|
|Deployment Solution will only schedule the jobs at a fraction of the number set in the batch||Windows Console||1150|
|Cannot see .EXE files under Images from Resource view||Windows Console||20992|
|German language error- Button size is too small to fit the description||Windows Console||20569|
|A second child domain at the same level as other child domains not allow for user authentication from second domain if AD group is used||Windows Console||26724|
The following table contains Known Issues in Deployment Solution 6.8.
Note: Many of these issues have viable workarounds that are noted in the article.
|LVM images are captured in RAW mode if using non-Linux automation environment.||Rdeploy||27261|
|Executing wlogevent in 64-bit WinPE automation gives error 128||Automation||27258|
|Power control functions do not work on older HP Integrity Systems||Console||27257|
|Rdeploy may fail when creating an image using HTTP and the “Make an Image Index” (.imx) option||Rdeploy||27256|
|Error: DBInstaller.exe can’t create eXpress database on SQL Server 2005||Installation||27262|
|Client computers running the 6.8 version of the Deployment Agent do not automatically downgrade if connected to a 6.5 server||Agent||27255|
|64-bit client computers running 32-bit operating systems are reported as 32-bit computers||Agent||27248|
|Computers using nVidia nForce NICs cannot connect to the network in WinPE||Automation||27246|
|CEClients do not shut down properly when logging is enabled||Agent||27245|
|Assigning SVS Agent Install job to a 64-bit computer fails||Task/Job||27244|
|Automation partitions are not supported on systems using LVM||Automation||27243|
|Blank information fields are displayed when changing Linux Production Agent settings in the Deployment Console||Agent||27242|
|Clients are looping and not running the next task||Automation||28332|
Additional Known Issues may be found here.
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