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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 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 an NFS... [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]
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 within the... [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]
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]
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]
In your comment, write: 1. How long you've been using BigFix/TEM. 2. The main activity you use BigFix/TEM for. 3. If there is one thing that could be changed or improved upon to make your experience in using BigFix/TEM better, what would it be? Tivoli Endpoint Manager Support Team!
Microsoft release date: 18 November 2014 Microsoft released version 2 of Security update MS14-066 on 18 November. This version applies to KB2992611 and to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 users. The Microsoft download page indicates that the KB's must be installed in the following order: KB3018238, then KB2992611. This update applies to the following Fixlets: 1406609 MS14-066: Vulnerability in Schannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution - Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 - KB2992611 (x64) 1406631 MS14-066: Vulnerability in Schannel... [More]
You must follow an installation sequence when applying Fixlets for Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Refer to the table for the sequence of applying the Fixlets to the corresponding Internet Explorer version. Failure to follow the installation order or failure to install the subsequent updates can lead to degraded functionality. Internet Explorer version Follow this sequence of applying the Fixlets Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9 KB3065822 KB3074886 Internet Explorer 10 and... [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 Server installer from... [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 provides two dashboards... [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]
Content in the Patches for Windows (English) Fixlet Site has been released. New Fixlet Messages: Fixlet messages for Microsoft Security Bulletins: MS13-009 MS13-010 MS13-011 MS13-012 * MS13-013 * MS13-014 MS13-015 MS13-016 MS13-017 MS13-018 MS13-019 MS13-020 * The noted bulletins are not included in this publishing. Completion of the content is coming. Fully Superseded Fixlet Messages: MS11-038: Vulnerability in OLE Automation Could Allow Remote Code Execution - Windows XP... [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]
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 and... [More]
The remaining patch (Internet Explorer 8 for WinXP SP2 x64) for the out-of-band security bulletin for September 2012 (MS12-063) has been
released. It is now available in Patches for Windows (English) site
version 1662. Gathering the new site version will show the Fixlet.
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]
IBM is proud to announce that IBM License Metric Tool 9.0.1 and IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis 9.1 Application Update 9.0.1 are published and available. IBM License Metric Tool 9.0.1 comes with the new All-In-One installer for customers who require simple, robust and effective installation of the product in a streamlined process. This type of installation is appropriate for customers who have small to medium-size environments, when no complex setup is needed. The All-In-One installer provides the shortest possible Time to Value... [More]