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In the Symantec Management Platform 7.5 SP1, the following new features are introduced:

Table: List of new features

Feature

Description

The list of supported operating systems has been expanded.

The following operating system is now supported for installation of Symantec Management Platform and its components:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

The following operating systems are now supported for installation of package and task servers:

  • Windows 8

  • Windows 8.1

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

The list of supported client operating systems has been expanded.

The following operating systems are now fully supported for the installation of Symantec Management Agent:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows 8.1

  • OS X 10.9

  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10

  • VMware ESXi 5.5

    Deployment Solution supports only Install Linux/ESX OS task. You cannot install the Deployment Solution Plug-in and the ULM agent on the same.

For support statements and other information on supported operating systems, see the following article:

http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/it-management-suite-os-platform-support

Various Notification Server performance improvements.

The following elements of Symantec Management Console were improved to provide better user experience:

  • Handling of right-click actions.

  • Improved creation of new filters.

  • Improved responsiveness of Reports list.

  • Shared schedules page now contains information on number of items that use a given schedule.

  • Edit filter window now lets you list resources from a specific Organizational Group.

  • Edit Item Link dialog box is now reworked to improve performance.

  • When you edit a filter, and try to save it, but in the meantime the same filter is modified by someone else, a warning message is displayed.

  • In the Filtering Rules window, the handling of read-only targets and scrolling is now improved.

Additionally, the following items were improved:

  • Implementation of schedules is reworked to improve performance.

  • Offline agent installation package is now smaller and takes significantly less time to create.

  • Detection of client operating systems is now improved.

  • Virtual Data Class now supports DATE and DATETIME SQL data types.

    DATETIMEOFFSET and TIME types are not supported.

Hierarchy and replication improvements

The following elements of hierarchy and replication functionalities are now improved:

  • Hierarchy performance and scalability.

  • Hierarchy and Replication settings are now placed in single folder in Symantec Management Console.

  • Jobs Management page is introduced to review and manage hierarchy and replication jobs.

    This page also lets you troubleshoot hierarchy and replication issues in an efficient way.

  • Replicate Now security privilege is introduced. It allows running replication of a given item from the context menu.

Expanded reporting and error handling

The following new reports have been introduced:

  • Internet gateway status reporting.

  • Legacy Agent Registration Requests reporting.

  • Package Status By Package Server report.

Error messages that are logged in Notification Server or client computer logs are reworked. Error messages are more informative.

Expanded capabilities of Data Connector and Active Directory Import.

Data Connector now contains a new resource lookup key to import subnets.

The following Active Directory Import improvements have been introduced:

  • Import of multiline attributes is now supported.

  • For existing resources, you can now choose to overwrite data in CMDB or to import only new data classes.

  • You can now choose to import data only if the source item is Managed or Unmanaged. You can also import all resources, regardless of their state.

  • Microsoft Active Directory Import webpage now contains information on last run time.

Support for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 in Symantec Management Console.

You can now use Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 in Compatibility mode to access Symantec Management Console.

Installation of SSL certificates is simplified.

You can now use the Targeted Agent Settings webpage, to install SSL certificates on client computers.

You can now import new certificates in a .pfx file format, that lets you reassign client computers to a different Notification Server when using HTTPS.

The Cloud-enabled Management Site Server Settings policy lets you distribute SSL certificates and create required HTTPS binding on the site server computers.

Native 64-bit version of Symantec Management Agent for UNIX and Linux is introduced.

The Symantec Management Agent for UNIX and Linux and all additional plug-ins are now fully 64-bit. The version of the operating system is detected automatically and does not require user involvement.

Task server performance and stability improvements

The following improvements were made in the task server architecture:

  • A Windows Task Scheduler Library NS.Restore Task Servers schedule is introduces. It allows the following:

    Disaster recovery: You can restore Task Server definitions after NS reinstallation or after a new NS database was created.

    You can add site server definition to a task server, that was manually installed using a distributable package.

  • A separate application pool in IIS for task servers is introduced.

  • IIS7 functionality is now supported in native mode.

Package server performance and user interface improvements.

The following improvements were made in the package server infrastructure:

  • Package server can now be installed on the computers that use IIS 8.5

  • The user interface for package server was reworked.

  • For Linux package servers, aex-ps command line tool is introduced. You can use this tool to manage and monitor package server functionality on a given server.