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New flash training released for Tivoli Endpoint Manager v 8.2 This module is titled: Manually adding new software titles to the software usage analysis catalog http://ibm.co/12LLWrZ See all Tivoli IEA content here: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ieduasst/tivv1r0/index.jsp
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]
IBM is pleased to announce a new dashboard for owners of the Patch Management product in the Endpoint Manager family. The Manage Download Plug-ins dashboard provides a central interface for administrators to oversee and manage download plug-ins in a deployed environment. In the past, administrators would run different management tasks, which are found in different sites, for each operating system. Note that the existing download plug-in tasks are being deprecated. Use the new dashboard to perform download plug-in management tasks . With the new... [More]
After a bit of a hiatus, we've released a new update for labs featuring the Baseline Synchronization Dashboard! Baselines are the friend of every administrator. They let you bundle together a ton of disparate, stand alone fixlets into one grand do-it-all package, saving you the pains and burdens of managing each fixlet individual. However dealing with baselines themselves are not without headaches. Trying to keep in sync the baselines, their source fixlets, and their actions, all while maintaining the flexibility to test and include changes... [More]
We've just pushed out a minor release for the Mobile Device Management Site: Fixed Issues: Fixed a battery use bug for Android agents. Fixed missing App Icons when creating a Recommended App in some cases. Removed requirement that a port number is entered when configuring proxy settings in the iOS wizard. Updated various text descriptions and fixed typos Recommended Actions: No actions required (all content will be automatically updated) Updated Analysis: Password Settings (ID 54) Updated Dashboard: Recommended Apps Dashboard iOS Profile... [More]
IBM has released several new features in the Mobile Device Management Fixlet Site for IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager. 1. Nitrodesk Touchdown support The TEM Agent now integrates with Nitrodesk Touchdown. This allows TEM to control a richer set of configurations on Android devices, such as selective wipe, and security polices like password length, encryption etc. 2. Google Cloud Messaging The Android agent can now use Google Cloud Messaging to provide much quicker response times to action commands. 3. Proxy Agent enhancements The Proxy Agent... [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]
IBM has modified content in the Mobile Device Management Site for IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager. New/Changed Fixlet Messages: - Management Extender Fixlets - Upgrade Self Service Portal (ID 184) - Upgrade Proxy Agents (ID 191) Updated Analyses: - Management Extender Status (ID 87) - MDM Infrastructure Components Status (ID 153) New/Changed Wizards and Dashboards: - Setup and Configure Mobile Device Management - Health Checks - Mobile Device Security Overview (Web Report) Update Details: - The proxy agent will now correctly block actions from... [More]
Have you ever wanted to measure the quality of your infrastructure? Perhaps you'd like to know the time it takes for your endpoints to respond to questions and for the data to make it into the database? Well, now you can. One of our engineers, Aram, has come up with a simple SQL statement to provide what we are calling "Travel Time". Travel Time is the average time it takes for all of your endpoints to answer a question, in this case "Last Report Time", and insert that answer into the database. Using this value can... [More]
We've just released a new feature to
Labs- the Client Manager Builder. The Client Manager Builder can help you
manage anti-virus products from vendors that are not supported by the
Client Manager for Endpoint Protection (CMEP) site by generating
content for those unsupported anti-virus products. The CMEP site
currently supports the following vendors: McAfee, Symantec,
Trend Micro, Microsoft™, Sophos, Computer Associates, and IBM®.
For more information about how to use
this cool feature, please refer to this wiki: Using the Client... [More]
IBM is pleased to announce the next release of IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices. New Features in this release include: 1. Self-Service Portal End-users to manage their own devices. Users can login to the portal using their AD/LDAP credentials. They can view device details; and, in the event of loss or theft, they can issue wipe, lock, or reset password commands, among others. 2. Enhanced Enrollment Options Authenticated enrollment is now supported via AD/LDAP integration. Additionally, administrators can optionally present additional... [More]
We've just released our first Labs update of the new year: TEM Computer Browser! BigFix rocks at reporting and taking actions across hundreds of thousands of machines at a time. If you want to patch every machine in your deployment, you can do with just one click in BigFix. However, sometimes it can be difficult to get a simple all-in-one view of a specific computer from out many-computer-centric interface. This is where the new Computer Browser comes into play. Created by Lee Wei, the same guy that brought you such favorites as the... [More]
Just a quick note to let you know that we have increased our deployment size upgrade recommendations to encourage deployments of less than 15,000 seats to begin the upgrade process. As always, we recommend that you upgrade your servers and consoles at the same time because older consoles will not be able to connect with the upgraded server. We'll be updating our deployment size recommendations more frequently now that the holidays are over, so please subscribe to the blog's RSS feed to make sure you're aware of the latest updates. We'll... [More]
As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the size of our Fixlets, we are publishing a new version of the OS Deployment Fixlet today. There is no change to function, but this new version will require less disk space. The new version number is 11.
We are pleased to announce that TEM Power Management now supports MAC OS X Lion (10.7), Windows 2008, and Windows 2008 R2. Actions to Take: Please apply Fixlet ID 58 “Enable Power Tracking with Default Assumptions” to applicable computers. Please create new power profiles under “Manage Power Profiles” to change power settings for new supported OSes. Published site version: Power Management, version 32 As part of this Fixlet release and our ongoing review of all of our Fixlets, we have also successfully reduced the size of this Fixlet
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
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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 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.
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