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Installing and uninstalling Deployment Plug-in on client computers

Deployment Solution

Deployment Solution is installed on Symantec Management Platform and a Deployment Plug-in is a component of Deployment Solution. The Deployment Plug-in is installed on the client computers to manage the execution of deployment tasks. This plug-in lets you create and deploy disk images, perform remote OS installation, change your system settings, and migrate the personality settings.

The Deployment Plug-in is specific to an operating system and Deployment Solution contains plug-ins for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.

The Deployment Plug-ins of the different OS are as follows:

  • Windows

    Deployment Plug-in for Windows (x86)

    Deployment Plug-in for Windows (x64)

  • Linux

    Deployment Plug-in for Linux (x86)

  • Deployment Plug-in for Linux (x64)

  • Mac

    Deployment Plug-in for Mac

Deployment Solution plug-ins are rolled out as predefined policies on the client computers. The predefined policies that are associated with the plug-ins are related to the installation, uninstallation, and upgrade of the plug-ins. The policies are rolled out on the client computers after you enable them through the console. For Linux and Mac client computers, if the package server is configured on HTTPS, and the SSL certificate is not installed on the client computer then you must manually download and install the SSL certificate on the client computer so that the Deployment Plug-in is installed on the client computer.

If you plan to install Deployment Plug-in on a Linux operating system that has a static IP environment, ensure that you have manually entered the site server's and Symantec Management Platform server's name, and their IP addresses in /etc/hosts file.

You cannot install the Deployment Solution plug-in in a maintenance window by using the Run once ASAP in maintenance window only option. You are required to schedule the installation using the Add Schedule option.

To install Deployment Plug-in

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click Agent/Plug-ins > All Agents/Plug-ins.

  2. In the left pane, expand the Agents/Plug-ins > Deployment and Migration folders.

  3. Expand the Windows, Linux, or Mac folder and select from the following Deployment Plug-in Install policies:

    • Deployment Plug-in for Linux (x86) - Install

    • Deployment Plug-in for Linux (x64) - Install

    • Deployment Plug-in for Mac-Install

    • Deployment Plug-in for Windows (x64)-Install

    • Deployment Plug-in for Windows (x86)-Install

  4. On the right-side pane, you can view the details of the selected policy. Symantec recommends that you do not modify the default settings of the policy. If you want to modify the settings, first clone the policy and then modify the cloned policy.

    The details of the fields are as follows:

    Program Name

    Displays the name of the program that is applicable.

    Enable Verbose Reporting of Status Events

    This option sends the package status events to Notification Server. The Notification Server Event Capture settings in the Global Symantec Management Agent Settings policy take precedence to the Enable Verbose Reporting setting here. Events are sent only if they are enabled in the Global Symantec Management Agent Settings policy.

    Applied to

    Displays the list of computers to which the policy applies. By default, Deployment Solution lists the targets in the textbox, as per the predefined filter that is set for the SMP. A target is a group of computers that are created as per the set filter.

    Package Multicast

    This option disables the package download through multicast. Multicast slows down the rollout of a package, so you can turn it off for an urgent patch. Additionally, in some environments multicast does not work. For example, multicast has to be disabled for routers and switches. The Package Multicast settings in the Global Symantec Management Agent Settings policy take precedence to the settings here.

    Schedule

    The policy schedule is displayed. By default, the options that are configured in the Extra Schedule Options field are applicable. Symantec recommends maintaining these settings. By default, the Run once ASAP and the User can run options are selected.

    Extra Schedule Options

    The Extra Schedule Options that are selected by default are as follows:

    • Run once ASAP

    • User can run

  5. Click Save changes to save the configuration settings of the policy.

To uninstall Deployment Plug-in

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click Agent/Plug-ins > All Agents/Plug-ins.

  2. In the left pane, expand the Agents/Plug-ins > Deployment and Migration folders.

  3. Expand the Windows, Linux, or Mac folder and select from the following Deployment Automation folder- Uninstall policies:

    • Deployment Plug-in for Linux (x86) - Uninstall

    • Deployment Plug-in for Linux (x64) - Uninstall

    • Deployment Plug-in for Mac-Uninstall

    • Deployment Plug-in for Windows (x64)-Uninstall

    • Deployment Plug-in for Windows (x86)-Uninstall

  4. On the right-side pane, you can specify the following fields:

    Program Name

    Displays the name of the program that is applicable.

    Enable Verbose Reporting of Status Events

    This option sends the package status events to Notification Server. The Notification Server Event Capture settings in the Global Symantec Management Agent Settings policy take precedence to the Enable Verbose Reporting setting here. Events are sent only if they are enabled in the Global Symantec Management Agent Settings policy.

    Applied to

    Displays the list of computers to which the policy applies. By default, Deployment Solution lists the targets in the textbox, as per the predefined filter that is set for the SMP. A target is a group of computers that are created as per the set filter.

    Package Multicast

    This option disables the package download through multicast. Multicast slows down the rollout of a package, so you can turn it off for an urgent patch. Additionally, in some environments multicast does not work. For example, multicast has to be disabled for routers and switches. The Package Multicast settings in the Global Symantec Management Agent Settings policy take precedence to the settings here.

    Schedule

    The policy schedule is displayed. By default, the options that are configured in the Extra Schedule Options field are applicable. Symantec recommends maintaining these settings. By default, the Run once ASAP and the User can run options are selected.

    Extra Schedule Options

    The Extra Schedule Options that are selected by default are as follows:

    • Run once ASAP

    • User can run

  5. Click Save changes to save the configuration settings of the policy.