Symantec Altiris: Software Management
Mitigating software security vulnerabilities is an important practice for any organization. University Information Services has adopted the Symantec Altiris Client Management system to manage and update software on systems owned by the University.
You may have already noticed a new icon your computer for the Symantec Altiris Client. On Windows computers, it will appear in the taskbar. On Mac computers, it will appear in the Menu bar.
Operating System Updates
We are currently providing updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and the Apple OSX and MacOS operating systems via Altiris.
Other Software Updates
At present, we are providing software updates for the Windows platform only. Below is a list of the software we are currently managing.
- Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader
- Adobe Air
- Adobe Flash Player
- Adobe Shockwave
- Box Edit
- Citrix Receiver
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Silverlight
- Mozilla Firefox ESR
- Quicktime (Uninstallation)
- Symantec Endpoint Protection
- Xythos Drive (Uninstallation)
Update Times and Restrictions
Your Altiris Agent will retrieve updates whenever they are available. Updates will be applied every three hours.
If an update requires a system restart to complete, the Symantec Management Agent will alert you that a restart is required. You will be presented with the option to "Restart Now" or "Postpone". You can postpone the update for up to 24 hours.
Here is an example of the restart notification:
Recent improvements to our Altiris platform has enabled us to make software updates available off-campus.