RFC: Ubuntu and Symantec IT Management Suite

Do you use Ubuntu?  Do you use Symantec IT Management Suite?  A recent post on Symantec Connect asked for people who are running Ubuntu to post comments to see if there is interest in adding support for Ubuntu to the product.

For those that do not understand what Symantec IT Management Suite is I will provide a quick overview and then end with a couple of reason as to why I believe this will be a great fit for Ubuntu.

Symantec IT Management Suite (or the product fomarlly known as Altiris) helps with complete management of the endpoints (laptops, desktops and servers) from deployment of the endpoint (imaging), deployment of software and patches, and also tracking the device from an Asset Management point of view.  Some basic portions of IT Management Suite include

  • Bare metal deployment of servers

  • Image deployment of desktops, laptops and servers

  • Software delivery in an unattended way

  • Patch Management (including on the Windows side several 3rd party (non-Microsoft) patches)

  • Full inventory of the device (both hardware and software)

  • Comprehensive reporting on the status device

  • And many other things

My company has been working with Symantec IT Management Suite for almost 10 years and have done a bunch of videos explaining and showing how this product works.

I’ve also written several blog posts about why I believe Ubuntu needs to have more of a focus around the Enterprise and Enterprise tools.  Canonical has developed Landscape, their own product to help with the management of Ubuntu but it is time to leverage an existing management tool to help move further into the enterprise as well.

Here is how ITMS and Ubuntu could work together (in my view)

  • Imaging and deployment of Ubuntu machines across the environment in a standard format

  • Full software and hardware inventory of the device across the entire enterprise

  • Structured deployment of patches across the entire enterprise including reporting on the status of those patches

This would allow for deployment and management across the board in an enterprise and could help

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