Because Software Management Framework is part of the Symantec Management Platform, you do not need to perform a separate installation or configuration. However, before you use Software Management Framework, you must set it up and prepare it for use.
Before you implement Software Management Framework, you should become familiar with its components, benefits, and other useful information.
Table: Process for implementing Software Management Framework
Install the Symantec Management Agent to manage client computers and install the Software Management Framework Agent.
A managed computer is the one on which the Symantec Management Agent is installed. The Symantec Management Agent is the software that establishes communication between the Notification Server computer and the computers in your network.
The Software Management Framework agent is installed on the client computers along with the Symantec Management Agent. Therefore, separate installation and configuration are unnecessary. The Symantec Management Console does not contain a user interface for viewing, installing, or configuring the agent.
The Software Management Framework agent runs on the client computers to perform the following functions:
Manage the agent and plug-in rollout technology for the Symantec Management Platform.
Perform the Software Discovery scan in Software Management Framework.
Software Discovery scans managed computers and collects information about the Windows software that they contain.
Create and update a client-side software cache that keeps track of the software that is installed and discovered on the client computer.
Manage all the software delivery functions in Software Management Solution.
Software deliveries are closely integrated with the software resources in the Software Catalog. The Software Management Framework agent manages the package downloads and other aspects of software delivery.
You may have performed this step when you installed Notification Server or when you added new computers to the network.
Configure security roles for Software Management Framework.
Administrators need the appropriate privileges to manage the packages in the Software Library and the software resources in the Software Catalog.
Set up the Software Library.
The Software Library is the physical source for your managed packages. Set up a library directory for each server installation.