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About configuring the Symantec Management Agent for Mac

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The default Symantec Management Agent configuration settings are suitable for a small Symantec Management Platform environment, such as fewer than 1,000 nodes.

As your environment grows, or if your organization has particular requirements, you need to make the appropriate configuration changes.

The agent configuration settings are applied to the appropriate managed computers using agent configuration policies. You can modify these policies to change the settings at any time. The new configuration settings are applied to the agents when the managed computers get their next policy updates (which is typically once a day).

The Symantec Management Platform provides the following types of agent configuration policies:

Global settings

The global configuration settings apply to all Symantec Management Agents on all managed computers. These settings are applied as a single policy that automatically targets every managed computer.

See Configuring the global agent settings for Mac

Targeted settings

The targeted agent settings are the general parameters that control the Symantec Management Agent, including how the agent communicates with Notification Server. You can modify the default policies that are supplied with the Symantec Management Platform. You can create your own targeted agent settings policies and apply them to the appropriate managed computers.

See Configuring the targeted agent settings for Mac

Maintenance windows

A maintenance window is a scheduled time and duration when maintenance operations may be performed on a managed computer. A maintenance window policy defines one or more maintenance windows. You can modify the default policy that is supplied with the Symantec Management Platform. You can create your own maintenance window policies and apply them to the appropriate managed computers.

See Configuring maintenance window policies for managed Mac computers

The targeted settings policies and maintenance window policies are applied to the managed computers that are included in the specified policy targets. These targets may not be mutually exclusive. Two or more policies of the same type may apply to the same managed computer.

If a managed computer has two or more targeted settings policies that are applied to it, Notification Server selects the policy to use. The selection is based on the policy GUID, and is not transparent to the user. You cannot determine beforehand which policy is chosen. However, once the selection has been made, it is used consistently to ensure that the same policy is applied at every policy update.

If two or more maintenance window policies apply to the same managed computer, the policies are merged. All of the specified maintenance windows are used.