Redirecting managed computers to Notification Server 7.1
The Altiris Agents that previously reported to the 6.x Notification Server need to be redirected to the 7.1 Notification Server. When you redirect a group of computers, create a filter for the first group of computers that you want to move. You then target the filter with the targeted Altiris Agent Settings policy and exclude it from the targets of other policies. You can then expand the membership of the filter as needed until it includes all computers.
Although 20,000 computers can be managed with a single Notification Server, Symantec recommends that you redirect no more than 8,000 computers at the same time. However, it is possible to redirect up to 15,000 computers to a single Notification Server at the same time.
If you redirect more than 8,000 computers at a time, disable any policies and tasks that communicate frequently with the Symantec Management Agent. Disabling the policies and tasks prevents the console and Notification Server from being very slow.
For more information, see topics on the Altiris Agent Settings in the Altiris Notification Server 6.x Help.
To redirect computers to Symantec Management Platform 7.1
In the 7.1 environment, install a package service and a task service on a site server to handle clients as they are redirected.
By default, a task service is installed on the Symantec Management Platform server. However, Symantec recommends that you always set up at least one task server to service the client computers.
Your environment might require multiple site servers. You might elect to redirect a package server and then the clients that use that package server to ensure that packages are available regionally. You can also use virtual machines to serve as temporary site servers during the redirection process. After all the agents for those sites have upgraded, you should then remove the virtual machines.
Remove all sub-agents or plug-ins from your managed computers.
However, on your Package Servers do not remove the Package Server Agent.
In the 6.x console, on the Configuration tab, click Altiris Agent > Altiris Agent Configuration, and select the policy that contains the agents that you want to redirect to 7.1.
On the policy's Altiris Agent Settings page, click the Advanced Settings tab.
In the Alternate URL for accessing NS section, specify the URL for the 7.1 Notification Server as follows:
Symantec recommends that you use the fully qualified domain name.
The Server Web address should be in the following format: https://<NS_FQDN>:<port>/Altiris/
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