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 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]
Just a heads up, our tenative delivery times for this upcoming Patch Tuesday are 2:00PM PST for all patches. We'll release non-English security patches shortly afterwards. You can find more information about the upcoming November Patch Tuesday here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-nov
Just wanted to let you guys know that our Patch Tuesday fixlets for November 2011 are live. They hit the world roughly forty minutes ago. We also published the re-release of MS11-037 as part of that push. We'll be working next on the non-English Patch Tuesday fixlets.
We just published the Fixlets for Patches for Windows sites for German, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified) languages. The Patch Tuesday content for the remaining language sites should be available by Wednesday evening PST.
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]
Hello Security and Compliance Community! IBM
is pleased to announce the availability of the new security configuration
management checklists for Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Security and Compliance! The new checklists based on guidance provided by the Defense Information
Systems Agency (DISA – US DoD) and the Federal Desktop Core Configuration
(FDCC) are: - SCM
Checklist for DISA STIG on SUSE 9 (Action Script based parameterization) - SCM
Checklist for DISA STIG on SUSE 11 (Action Script based parameterization) - DISA
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.
Just a heads up, our target delivery times for this upcoming Patch Tuesday are: 3PM PST for Kernel Patches 11PM PST for all Windows Patches You can find more information about this upcoming Patch Tuesday here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-dec
Just wanted to let you guys know that our Patch Tuesday kernel fixlets for December 2011 are live. They hit the world roughly 15 minutes ago or so. They are going to be in Enterprise Security version 1549. For now, we have content for: MS11-087 MS11-090 MS11-092 MS11-093 MS11-095 MS11-097 MS11-098 MS11-099 The rest of the bulletin content should be coming out a little later. Happy patching.
In case you guys missed it, the rest of the bulletins for this Patch Tuesday ended up going out roughly at 3AM PST. The version of the site should be 1550. At this point all the bulletin content for Dec 2011 should be out there. We're working next on the non-English content. When that's gone out we'll post back here again.
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
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
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]
Security Configuration Management (SCM) for Unix Systems The Security and Compliance team at IBM has modified the content within the UNIX System checklists to add enhancements. ---- Site Versions ---- Self-Parameterizing Sites: DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.1 v9 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.2 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.3 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 6.1 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for HPUX 11.00 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for HPUX 11.11 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for HPUX 11.23 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for RHEL 3 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for... [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.