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Resources for Tivoli Endpoint Manager The following article provides a myriad of links to resources for learning, support, troubleshooting, and IBM channels of communication focused around the Tivoli Endpoint Manager platform and products. ********************************************************************************************************************* Training ********************************************************************************************************************* Classes offered by IBM for TEM training:... [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]
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]
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]
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]
IBM Endpoint Manager and MaaS360 have recently been named as leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools and Enterprise Mobility Management respectively for the 3 rd year in a row. This recognition comes at a critical time as the mobile workforce grows exponentially and initiatives like BYOD continue to become embedded in the workplace. IBM Endpoint Manager provides real time visibility and control over all endpoints - from servers to laptops - enabling organizations to find and fix problems in minutes. This... [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]
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 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 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]
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]
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]
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.
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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]
The IBM Endpoint Manager team is releasing 9.1 Patch 5 and 9.2 Patch 1 of the IBM Endpoint Manager platform. These new versions address security updates, including the POODLE vulnerability, and fixes from older versions of OpenSSL. The new patches use OpenSSL 1.0.1.j. IBM recommends upgrading whenever possible to take advantage of optimizations and bug fixes. Because these vulnerabilities are not of a critical nature, the upgrade should not be done in haste, but as part of a planned upgrade process. Upgrade fixlets are available... [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]
"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]