Manually installing the Altiris Agent for Macintosh using the aex-nsclt file
Last Updated November 22, 2006
Problem After running an install through ARD, there is an error in the log on the target computer.
ERROR: No configuration file found. File:.aex-agent-install-config.xml Search Path: /mpt:/var:/Applications/Utilities/Altiris No upgrade possible, and Interactive mode disabled. To configure install interactively, run the aex-configure exe (located in the Agent's bin directory). Install not complete, Setting return status to 1 (configure failed).
This was on the target, after dragging the package file to a target computer in Apple Remote Desktop.
Environment Altiris Agent for Macintosh 6.2.1302
Cause The aex-nsclt package is looking for a config.xml file, and it is not available. The file aex-bootstrap contains all default settings when run with the Notification Server hostname as a command-line parameter. There is no way to do this with the aex-nsclt package, which extracts to AltirisAgent.pkg. The only way to configure the agent settings when using the aex-nsclt package is to incude a .aex-agent-install-config.xml or to manually run 'aex-configure -iconfigure' after the installation.
Resolution The following steps will work to install the Altiris Agent for Macintosh using the aex-nsclt package:
On a Macintosh client, unzip and run “aex-bootstrap http://<ns hostname>”. Be sure to not do this as root or, if you are root, do not use sudo. The install will fail since you do not have root privileges, and it will create a .aex-agent-install-config.xml in the /tmp directory. Note that it’s a hidden file as it starts with a period (.), so you’ll need to do ‘ls –al’ to see it from a shell prompt.
Create a tmp directory called something like /tmp/macagent, copy the .aex-agent-install-config.xml, and put the uncompressed aex-nsclt package into this directory. The file should be called AltirisAgent.pkg. (Optionally, create a UNIX script to run the following command line.)
Using ARD, copy the entire directory to the Macintosh client computers.
Run “sudo installer –pkg AltirisAgent.pkg –target /”.
The agent should install, configure itself, and begin communicating with the appropriate Notification Server.
Imported Document ID: HOWTO5822
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