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Agents unable to register to a Task Server(s). Errors streaming through SMP logs for every hit to GetClientTaskServers.aspx


Article ID: 163492


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IT Management Suite


It was noticed after the VM SMP server had been moved that most clients could not register to any task servers.

The SMP logs had a river of the following error (excerpt). Also the agent logs contained a snippet that the maximum number of connections the Task Server policy allowed had been reached.

Description: The handler 'RegisterTaskServer' is failed to process request. Altiris.NS.Exceptions.AeXSecurityException: The caller [domain\BOSSadmin] does not have one or more of the specified permissions on the specified item c74002b6-c7b9-47bb-a5d6-3031af73bb8d
   at Altiris.NS.Security.ItemPermission.Demand(Guid entity, Guid permission)
   at Altiris.Resource.ResourceDataTable.DeferredLoad()
   at Altiris.Resource.ResourceDataTable.Load(Guid resourceGuid)
   at Altiris.TaskManagement.ClientTask.BaseWeb.RegisterTaskServer.WriteResponse(XmlTextWriter wr)
   at Altiris.DotNetLib.Threading.StringBuilderCache.ToXml(Action`1 fu)
   at Altiris.TaskManagement.Common.XmlHttp.BaseXmlXmlHttpCallback.WriteResponseRaw(XmlTextWriter xwr)
   at Altiris.TaskManagement.Common.XmlHttp.BaseXmlHttpCallback.ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)


Symantec Management Platform 7.6 HF3


There were two major causes. It does not appear to be related to the move.


  • When the computers were attempting to register-- underneath the hood the store procedure "CtsGetAllRegisteredTaskServers" was being invoked and passed the NS's GUID.
  • CtsGetAllRegisteredTaskServers is called to obtain the list of active Task Servers and to get theire FQDN information. 
  • CtsGetAllRegisteredTaskServers was only returning the SMP, and not the other two Task Servers. The policy affecting the SMP only allowed for 100 connections (there were 8,000+ computers).
  • The other two servers were not being returned because CtsGetAllRegisteredTaskServers was joining results to "Inv_Client_Task_Servers" where "IsActive" = 1 but the column for the two Task Servers was 0.  The really strange thing was that, in the SMP Console SMP UI shows that the "Task Service" box was checked. So IsActive should have been 1.
  • Running the following script (which is the SQL from CtsGetAllRegisteredTaskServers) against the database. This SQL provides more information as to what the stored procedure is returning.

Note: Set the GUID in line 2 to that of the GUID assigned to the SMP’s agent.

declare @notificationServerGuid uniqueidentifier

set @notificationServerGuid = '<guid>' -- SMP's agent GUID


DECLARE @majorVersion float

DECLARE @minorVersion int

DECLARE @version varchar(40)

DECLARE @pos int

SET @version = (SELECT TOP 1 Version FROM DBSchema ORDER BY Id DESC)

-- position of second dot

SET @pos = CHARINDEX( '.', @version,  CHARINDEX( '.', @version ) + 1 )

SET @majorVersion = CAST( SUBSTRING( @version, 1, @pos - 1 ) AS float )

SET @minorVersion = CAST( SUBSTRING( @version, @pos + 1, 4 ) AS int )


SELECT c.Guid, c.Name, cts.IsActive, cts.LastRegistered, cast(cts.Version as nvarchar(5))+'.'+cast(cts.Build as nvarchar(5)) as Version, ts.TaskServiceResourceGuid, ts.FQDN




    DISTINCT ra.[ChildResourceGuid] AS [ResourceGuid],

    ra.[ParentResourceGuid] AS [TaskServiceResourceGuid],


    COALESCE([dbo].[fnTM_GetComputerResourceFQDN](cts.[ClientTaskServerGuid]), '') AS [FQDN]


    [dbo].[ResourceAssociation] AS ra

           LEFT JOIN [dbo].[Inv_Client_Task_Servers] AS cts ON cts.[_ResourceGuid] = ra.[ChildResourceGuid]

           LEFT JOIN [dbo].[SecurityResourceProtection] AS srp ON cts.[_ResourceGuid] = srp.[ResourceGuid]


                WHERE   [ResourceAssociationTypeGuid] = '5F00E96B-93F3-41F0-94A7-7DBBB8AEF841'

    AND cts.[IsActive] = 1

    AND  ((@notificationServerGuid IS null) OR (cts.NSGuid = @notificationServerGuid))

    AND     (

-- only upgraded task servers

CAST( cts.Version AS float ) = @majorVersion

AND CAST( cts.Build AS int ) >= @minorVersion


    AND srp.[State] = 0

  ) AS ts


JOIN vComputer c on c.Guid = ts.ResourceGuid

Join Inv_Client_Task_Servers cts on cts._ResourceGuid = c.Guid

JOIN  [dbo].[ItemClass] AS ic ON ic.[Guid] = ts.[TaskServiceResourceGuid]


WHERE ic.[ClassGuid] = '2ef03107-5954-40ea-b430-cc9f479de2ca' 





  • Whenever an outlying client tried to register the above error was being thrown indicating that user "domain\BOSSadmin" does not have "one or more of the specified permissions.." to c74002b6-c7b9-47bb-a5d6-3031af73bb8d which is the data class Inv_AeX_AC_Identification (which a function invoked by CtsGetAllRegisteredTaskServers uses to get the FQDN)
  • The strange thing was that the account [domain\BOSSadmin] did not even exist as an imported user. 


SOLUTION 1:    Since there were only three Task Servers and all of them should be active, I ran the following SQL statement against the database:

update Inv_Client_Task_Servers set IsActive = 1



  1. Created a new user [domain\BOSSadmin] and assigned it to the same Windows domain user.
  2. Added the new account to the "Symantec Administrators" role.

After making the changes all of the computers that we manually forced to reset/register to a task server were assigned one of the two servers and registered successfully.