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How to store Package Server repository aside from SMA in SMP 8.0 

Mar 08, 2016 01:07 PM

Ever wondered how to install the Symantec Management Agent to the system drive but direct all Package Server’s packages to other? How to consolidate all the packages “rotated” by Package Server due to lack of disk free space across multiple drives into one single place? Then this article is for you.

The ITMS 8.0 has introduced a couple of new features which allow user to specify a custom location where Package Server will store its packages by default. Since this setting can be set up for all Package Servers or/and for some specific Package Server, this feature gives a flexibility to have different file storages on different Package Servers. Just keep in mind that this is an expensive operation and is not intended to be used on daily basis. It is rather for initial infrastructure setup.

By default the PS file storage location is "<SMA install folder>\Package Delivery". This could bring difficulties on some large environments, where system drive is used to be much smaller than drives dedicated to storage purposes. Moving the whole SMA installation to the storage drives is also not usable in some cases. For that purposes it is now possible to have SMA installation and Package Server packages storage on different drives.

Please read the attached document "PS Relocation.docx" for detailed description and how-to.

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Apr 24, 2017 05:40 AM

In addition to that, regardless of PS seetings, you can set a non-standard location for given package. We do that for our custom folder where we store OS images and share it via UNC path.

For other reason we also install the SMA agent on package servers on other drive than system drive.


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