Unable to access Symantec Management Console - Screen is blank


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Management Platform (Formerly known as Notification Server)


While trying to access the Symantec Management Console the screen is completely blank.  Flickering tab is noticed in Internet explorer.

You will notice Altiris Services to be stopped and would not start. Performing the Manual Start displays the error as displayed in Screenshot below;

Altiris Services that could be affected are 'AexSvc', 'AeXNSRcvSvc', 'AeXNSClient', and 'AltirisClientMsgDispatcher'.

Reinstalling the Services from C:\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\bin\aexsvc.exe displays the Error : Windows Service Start Failure

You will be unable to run the AexConfig.exe /configureall command to Repair the Notification server;



Corruption of the coresettings.config file due to environmental reasons, such as a server crash, power outage, etc.



A good step to perform if there seems to be other system issues after a server crash/outage would be to re-register the .NET Framework.
See the KB for instructions on this elsewhere.

Our normal recommendation would be that you restore the coresettings.config from a backup or from the coresettings.config.backup file. However at times this might not be possible. If this is not possible you should be successful in following the steps as outlined below. Please note, that the coresettings.config files were provided for specific build versions of SMP. If you do not see the specific version for your installation you can try one that most closely matches. If this does not work, please call support and we might be able to provide you with a coresettings.config file template for your particular installed version.

 Instructions on downloading, modifying and configuring the coresettings.config file

  1. Download the appropriate coresettings.config file listed in the attachment section. (if there is none matching your version, contact support to see if we can supply you with one)
  2. Make sure -ALL- Altiris services are stopped (Including the Altiris Support Service)
  3. Place/copy the coresettings.config file in \ProgramData\Symantec\SMP\Settings with the name coresettings.config
  4. Modify/edit the coresettings.config file values for the following two items
    • In <customSetting key="DbServer" type="local" value="SQLSERVERNAME" /> substitute SQLSERVERNAME with the name of your SQL server. If the SQL Server uses an instance that is non default you can do SQLSERVERNAME\INSTANCENAME.
    • In <customSetting key="DbCatalog" type="local" value="Symantec_CMDB_DATABASENAME" /> substitute Symantec_CMDB_DATABASENAME with the name of the database you are using. This could be the (default) of Symantec_CMDB but may be something other. You might want to check by connecting to the databse with something like SQL Management Studio, etc.
  5. Run AeXConfig /db to configure the database settings. An example would be AeXConfig /db dbserver:SQLSERVERNAME dbname:Symantec_CMDB_DATABASENAME dbusername: dbpassword: dbtimeout:600
    • Please note that you want to keep the dbusername: and dbpassword: options blank/unset if using the AppID/windows authentication to connect to SQL. If you use a SQL account such as sa or another sql server account you can specify it here. Specifying a windows/active directory account here is not a valid option.
  6. Run AeXConfig /svcid user:DOMAIN\username password:PASSWORD
    • Supply the accountname as DOMAIN\username and the password for the Application Identity account. This is the account that the Altiris services are meant to run under.

At this point you should be able to start up the Altiris services successfully. If you cannot, please make sure that you followed all the above steps and make note of any changes in the startup/errors that may have been caused by the changes made.

Beware, that other settings such as default e-mail settings that are contained in the coresettings.config file will have changed. Please take steps to check all your custom settings and make sure they reflect the correct values in your environment.


Applies To

Symantec Management Platform - 7.1, 7.1 SP1 & 7.1 SP2


CoreSettings.config get_app