The Software Library is a secure directory that is the centralized repository of the definitive, authorized versions of the software that your organization manages. A package that is sourced from the Software Library is referred to as a managed package.
The Software Library puts you in control of your software packages. You no longer have to keep track of which folders contain which packages, or which package is the correct version. You no longer have to worry that someone might accidentally or deliberately tamper with a package. Instead, you can let the Software Library manage your packages so that you can spend your time more productively.
We recommend that you source all your packages from the Software Library.
You can secure the Software Library so that only Symantec Management Platform operations can access it, and only authorized administrators can perform those operations. Unauthorized users are prevented from making any changes to the managed packages.
Centralizes your software assets
When you store all your packages in the Software Library, you always know where your physical packages are. You no longer have to keep track of which folders contain which packages, or which package is the correct version.
Ensures that package servers contain the correct versions of packages
When you distribute a managed package to package servers, the signature of the package on the servers is periodically compared to the original package's signature. If the signatures do not match, the package on the package server is replaced with the approved version.
Ensures that the correct versions of packages are delivered
When a package is delivered, a snapshot of the package is created on the client computer and compared to the snapshot on the package server. If the snapshots do not match, it is possible that some kind of interception has occurred and corrupted the package. In that case, the package is re-downloaded.
If the package is already on the client computer because of a recurring delivery or a delivery re-attempt, its existing snapshot is used for comparison. If a mismatch occurs, the package is re-downloaded.
The ability to deliver software is available if Software Management Solution is installed.
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