Has anyone added an Altiris 7.5 database as an External CMDB Connection in the Analytics configuration in Altiris 7.1?
We use reports and extracts from the Analytics (views) on our Altiris 7.1 database to bring together data from all the local (7.1) notification servers. We now have a new Altiris 7.5 heirarchy installed separately for Proof-of-Concept that we'll migrate a few end-points to. However we need those endpoints to continue appearing in the Analytics Views and Reports on 7.1 until we migrate our 7.1 notification server installations to Altiris 7.5.
We've ruled out replication because you can't forward from 7.5 to 7.1.
Does anyone do something similar?
Can I add an Altiris 7.5 CMDB to the Altiris 7.1 Analytics CMDB list? If so, any comments about successs or issues encountered?
The only reason I can think of not to do this, is that the tables/views on 7.5 that the Analytics solution will try and merge into the 7.1 database views are different in content or structure.
Have you thought about creating a new asset status in 7.1 called "Relocated to 7.5" or something similar, and then assigning that status to those machines that you have redirected? This would then at least allow you to easily see why the data is old for those machines.
I know its not what you are truly looking for; however, it removes the headache of possible database schema conflicts. You could always add a web part that launches the relevant 7.5 reports from your 7.1 server.
Another possiblitly would be to use the data connector to export certain data from the 7.5 database and import it into the 7.1 database, say some or all of the basic inventory tables. This would at least allow you to have some current information aout those 7.5 clients. That along with the new asset status may be enough to keep management happy until the 7.5 migration has been completed...