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In my last post , I talked about my love/hate relationship with Apple and how iOS is really the best, most secure platform for BYOD. Today, I want to talk about Android, and why the platform is just plain terrible for corporate use, and a nightmare for BYOD. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Google doesn't care about the enterprise. If it did, it would be more like Apple. Yes, I said it. After years of hating on Apple and being an Android fanboy, I admit it. Android stinks for corporate... [More]
Hey guys, We have released our new BigFix Labs domain to the world! BigFix Labs is a special domain, which every deployment has free access to, that contains a bunch of cool/interesting/useful experimental features, such as the relevance builder and Local User Management. We will continue to update and add more features to Labs, but note that all the content is UNSUPPORTED. Use at your own risk. See our preview post for some more info. We've added Labs to everyone's license bundles. This means that you should see a message like this at the... [More]
We've just released our first of many updates to Labs. Featured in this release: Relay Cache Management! One of the keys to BigFix great scalability is our awesome relay infrastructure and file caching system. This lets our agents download files directly from their parent relays over fast LAN connections, saving tons of time and bandwidth. The relay caches mostly take care of themselves, however sometimes you want to more detailed control over your cache, to save space on disk, to make sure large or critical files are not kicked out of... [More]
We've released another cool new dashboard to labs today: Bandwidth Throttling! BigFix natively offers the ability to throttle the amount of bandwidth machines will use when communicating with its parents or children, within the BigFix relay hierarchy. This is great for deployments that have constrained network connections. Simply throttle your client or relay download speeds, and you can prevent your 56k connection from being overwhelmed, while still keeping your clients responsive and up to date. However as users of this feature... [More]
IBM is pleased to announce the availability of support for Windows version 8 and Mac OS X version 10.8 (Mountain Lion) in the Power Management site. Reason for Update: The Power Management site now provides support for Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Details of content updates: Wizard/Dashboard: Create Power Profile Fixlets wizard Fixlet Messages: All fixlets/tasks are updated to include the new operating systems. Actions to Take: - Recreate power profile actions and policies for Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8. Old actions... [More]
IBM has released version 2.1 of IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Device Management (MDM). New Major Features: 1. Reworked App Management – Viewing, deploying, and managing mobile apps has been completely remade into a more intuitive and streamline process 2. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Support – BlackBerry 4-7 devices can now be managed through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server using our new BlackBerry Management Extender 3. Smart-cloud for Notes Support - Updated our Lotus Traveler Extender to support the enhanced features available in the... [More]
As you may have noticed,
for the last year or so we have been transitioning some of our old BigFix
systems to IBM-powered systems. This transition has been bumpy at times , but
hopefully this blog post will help explain our progress and where we stand.
Here is the breakdown:
BigFix system -- web pages at support.bigfix.com
IBM system -- DeveloperWorks wiki
The DeveloperWorks wiki is much easier for us (or
anyone) to modify and add more articles.... [More]
When you first setup your Tivoli Endpoint Manager (BigFix) deployment, you will want to enable a few analyses. These analyses will collect data that can be very helpful when managing your infrastructure as well as troubleshooting and adding customizations. First up is to activate the BES Component Versions analysis… You can find a shortcut to this under BigFix Management->Deployment Overview Simply Activate this analysis… And the data will start pouring in. This information will then be read by various dashboards... [More]
IBM is pleased to announce the availability of IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis app. level 9.0!
IBM® Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis 9.0 is the first of a series of deliveries aimed to provide capabilities that were part of IBM Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed product to allow customers to be able to use IBM Endpoint Manager to report on IBM capacity licensing usage (aka IBM Sub-Capacity).
Customers can download the new application level from the IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis fixlet... [More]
I BM recently released IBM Endpoint Manager 9.0 (IEM) on Linux. With the new release of IEM 9.0, server component of IEM can now be installed on RHEL 6.1 and above, with IBM DB2 10.x as the database. In order to explore the new features and capabilities of IBM Endpoint Manager 9.0, lets quickly install the IEM 9.0 evaluation version.
Before you start creating a POC image, its recommended to read tutorial: How to create a YUM repository from an ISO image or mounted CD.
You may download the IEM Linux... [More]
"I feel the need, the need for speed!" The following checklist (with links to resources and reference articles) will help you to achieve the goal of keeping your systems and deployments working at peak performance and efficiency and will reduce the number of problems that can be experienced while working with TEM. * For any item with an asterisks by it, please refer to this Wiki article for more information:... [More]
Hey Guys, We are nearing the official release of BigFix Labs! Here's a sneak peak: BigFix Labs is a new Domain we are offering for free to all our customers. Labs offers a wide variety of interesting as-is projects that help make your BigFix life easier. Tired of writing out common relevance expression by hand? Try the new Relevance Builder in Labs! Looking a way to import BigFix data directly into excel? Labs has your back. Want to set and manage local user passwords with BigFix? Oh you bet there is a Lab for that. This is just... [More]
We have just released an update to the Patches for AIX site to provide an option to install AIX fix packs from an accessible NFS share instead of the local filesystem. Since AIX fix packs can be quite large, downloading a Technology Level(TL) or Service Pack(SP) directly to the endpoint is not always possible. With the new content changes you will be able to specify an NFS repository location which contains the fixes you wish to install.
There are a few steps you'll need to take in order to use the new capability:
Build a repository in... [More]
IBM has modified content in the Mobile Device Management Fixlet Site for IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager. New/Updated Fixlet Messages: - Deploy Enrollment and Apple iOS Management Extender (ID 70) - Deploy Management Extender for Lotus Traveler (ID 71) - Deploy Management Extender for Microsoft Exchange (ID 58) - Deploy Self Service Portal (ID 144) - Deploy Trusted Service Provider (ID 143) - Upgrade Management Extender for Apple iOS (ID 94) - Upgrade Management Extender for Lotus Traveler (ID 81) - Upgrade Management Extender for Microsoft... [More]
I am proud to announce that a new IBM License Metric Tool 9.0 is published and available!
IBM® License Metric Tool 9.0 replaces the IBM Endpoint Manager for Subcapacity Reporting 9.0 and is available additionally on Passport Advantage for all ILMT customers.
IEM customers can download the new application from IBM License Reporting (ILMT) v9 fixlet site.
IBM License Metric Tool 9.0 offers the following enhancements:
Compliance with SP 800-131a cryptographic standards
Support for IBM... [More]
Preparing your Tivoli Endpoint Manager Server for Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment installation
To install Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment using Tivoli Endpoint Manager you need to prepare a target endpoint to install Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment. Tivoli Endpoint Manager takes care of the installation perquisites to be performed on this endpoint as required by Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment. This includes database installation.
Tivoli Endpoint Manager 8.2... [More]
We have just released version 8.2.1093 of the Tivoli Endpoint Manager platform. Our dev and qa teams have been working hard to address issues found in previous releases. Updates in this release include (among others): Updates to the Windows 2000 and Mac OS X 10.7 clients A fix for a race condition which could cause clients to potentially miss UDP messages Fixes for Client UI issues where action links were not being displayed A fix for an issue where you could not assign an AIX relay to be a child of another AIX relay Non-Windows relay fixes... [More]
9.1.1082 (9.1 patch 1) is an emergency patch release to close the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160). This is a critical vulnerability that affects 9.1 servers and relays. If you are running a 9.1 deployment, you need to upgrade immediately in order to close the vulnerability.
Only deployments running 9.1.1065 are exposed to the Heartbleed vulnerability. Earlier versions are not vulnerable. After upgrading from 9.1.1065 to 9.1.1082, the following steps should be performed to revoke any potentially-compromised... [More]
Patching Windows clusters is largely a manual effort that is time-consuming and leaves plenty of room for error. If a mistake is made in patching your “mission critical applications” it can cost $50k, $100k or for some customers $Millions per outage. Depending on what versions of Windows you’re using, there’s little-to-no tooling to help you with this important task, and unfortunately it’s not one you can delay due to the exposure to your organization of not having the latest security patches... [More]
We are pleased to announce that new versions of TEM for Core Protection and its Data Protection Add-on (Core Protection Module v10.6 SP1) are now available. The highlights of this new release include: * Data Protection 64-bit support * Behavior Monitoring 64-bit support * 100+ new pre-configured DLP templates * IPv6 support for CPM * Updated SPR/SPS with scalability/performance enhancements * VDI - Microsoft Hyper-V platform support Published Site Versions: * Trend Micro Core Protection Module site: version 41 * Trend Micro Data Protection... [More]