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Capturing and distributing personality

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Deployment Solution lets you capture and distribute computer personalities. Computer personalities contain the documents, the registry settings, and the configuration files that are associated with applications. Deployment Solution supports capturing and distributing of personalities for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

See About capturing and distributing personalities

Personalities are usually captured as part of an operating system migration or as a backup. The captured personalities are stored in Personality Packages that are placed in the <install_directory>\Program Files\Altiris\Deployment\PCT folder.

You must use a template while creating a capture personality task. If you haven't created a template yet, you can use one of the default templates that are included with Deployment Solution. You can create templates using either of the following tools that are in the <install_directory>\Program Files\Altiris\Deployment\PCT folder:

  • Template.exe

    The Template.exe launches the Altiris PCTransplant Template Builder tool that lets you create a Personality Build Template.

  • PCTEdit.exe

    The PCTEdit.exe launches the Altiris PC Transplant Package Editor tool. You can launch the PCTransplant Template Builder from the Tools > Template Builder.

The following tables list the steps to capture a computer's personality and distribute the computer's personality:

The following table lists the steps to capture a computer's personality:

Table: Capturing a computer's personality

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Launch the console

Launch the Symantec Management Console. You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the computer or you can launch the Web console if you know the IP address of the Notification Server. For example: http://<IP address>/altiris/console.

Step 2

Create or modify a template

Create or modify a template that you use in the Capture Personality task. The template specifies the type of settings, documents, and other information that is to be captured in the Personality Package.

See About personality templates

Step 3

Capture the personality

Create and schedule a Capture Personality task to capture the personality of the client computer.

See Capturing a computer's personality

The following table lists the steps to distribute a computer's personality:

Table: Distributing a computer's personality

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Launch the console

Launch the Symantec Management Console. You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the computer or you can launch the Web console if you know the IP address of the Notification Server. For example: http://<IP address>/altiris/console.

Step 2

Distribute the personality

Create and schedule a Distribute Personality task to distribute the personality of the client computer.

See Distributing a computer's personality