Welcome to the BigFix Blog, where you can read the perspectives from network and service assurance experts. This Blog provides insights into the endpoint management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
There is a new wiki for all IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager (BigFix) best practices, and it can be found here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/home?lang=en#/wiki/Tivoli%20Endpoint%20Manager As with all Service Management Connect wikis,
you can expect to find a lot of information created by subject matter
experts, including but not limited to the following content: Best practices Customizations Fixlet authoring Lifecycle management Troubleshooting information Bookmark the new Tivoli Endpoint Manager wiki today.... [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]
As we approach the release of BigFix Labs to the general public (currently slated to be around mid October), I thought it might be fun to highlight some of the more interesting features in Labs. Todays subject: Local User Management! There is a common problem experienced by BigFix Users. Say an administrator leaves the company, and you want to change the password to the "administrator" accounts on the computers they managed for security reasons. The solution seems simple, write a BigFix action to set the user password and... [More]
The second set of Fixlets for October Patch Tuesday is now available in version 1530 of the EnterpriseSecurity site. This set covers the following security bulletins: * MS11-078: Vulnerability in .NET Framework and Microsoft Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution * MS11-079: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway Could Cause Remote Code Execution * MS11-082: Vulnerabilities in Host Integration Server Could Allow Denial of Service
We expect to publish Fixlets for the localized versions of the October 2011 security patches by Thursday (13 Oct 2011) evening Pacific Time. We will post an update on this blog once the content for non-English versions of Patches for Windows Fixlet sites is published.
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]
Now that labs is released to the world , I'll be spending some more time highlighting some of the cooler features we've included, as well as anything we will add in the future. Today's feature: Client Relevance Builder! The BigFix Relevance language is an immensely powerful and versatile tool, and is one of the main reasons BigFix is so capable a platform. There is a downside to this: if you want to start making custom Fixlet content to get the full potential out of your deployment, you have to learn this new language, which not... [More]
There is a document created listing all the supported endpoint protection products for CMEP at this wiki page: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/home?lang=en#/wiki/Tivoli%20Endpoint%20Manager/page/Client%20Manager%20for%20Endpoint%20Protection%20%E2%80%93%20Supported%20Products It will be updated once a support for a new product is published.
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]
Just a quick post on some of the setup and configuration changes you can expect in version 8.2. On upgrade, all existing Console users will be migrated to local users. Console users will be asked to provide .pvk files on initial login for the purposes of verification only and will not be used for subsequent login attempts. Consoles in 8.2 connect to the Server through HTTPS 52313. This replaces the previous method of ODBC connections. This is configurable. Account provisioning is now handled by the Console, not the BESAdmin tool. However,... [More]
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that we are in the process of reviewing and updating our fixlets. The good news is that these changes will have a positive impact on your environments by reducing the size of the fixlets while maintaing all of the same function. As we progress I will post to the blog which fixlets are being updated each day. We will begin rolling out these changes next week, updating between 4-6 sites a day.
Hey folks, Just wanted to update everyone and apologize for some recent issues accessing our technical information... We had a string of untimely issues of all sorts and it caused some outages... Here were the recent issues: Our support.bigfix.com and forum website were down intermittently in the last few weeks due to one of our network providers connectivity failure. We completed our scheduled forum transition, which transitioned to the new system just fine, but some users were unable to login with their new IBM forum account. If you had... [More]
Hi everybody, 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: Technical articles BigFix system -- web pages at support.bigfix.com IBM system -- DeveloperWorks wiki Comparison The DeveloperWorks wiki is much easier for us (or
anyone) to modify and add more articles. This makes the content more