In Monitor Solution 7, is it possible to monitor workstation / desktop class Windows machines?
Monitor Solution 7 supports Windows XP, Vista, and 7 workstations, though these operating systems are not included in the out-of-box configuration of the Solution. Modifications will need to be made to the Monitor Agent package(s), rollout policies, configuration policies, and Monitor Policies to include these workstation operating systems. Follow these steps to properly rollout the Monitor Agent to, and monitor, workstation class machines:
Monitor Agent Configuration
The default Monitor Agent configuration policy has a defined target which excludes machines which are not Windows servers. It is recommended to clone the existing configuration policy and apply it to a target which is specific for workstations. Using this method, you can maintain separate Monitor Agent configurations and standards between servers and workstations:
The default Monitor Policies also exclude workstations from their default target definitions. It is recommended to follow the same logic as outlined above for the Monitor Policies: Clone the default policies (or create new ones), adjust the target definitions to be specific to workstations, and save those targets for future use with additional policies.
Installation / Rollout
If any non-server based operating system is detected during the rollout of the Monitor Agent, the installation will fail. To allow the Monitor Agent installation to succeed on a non-server class Windows machine, the NOWINDOWSCHECK parameter will need to be appended to the command line for the package:
Append the NOWINDOWSCHECK parameter to the existing Command line: field, then choose OK
Altiris_MonitorAgentPackage_7_0_x86.exe /s NOWINDOWSCHECK
The default rollout policies for the Windows Monitor Agent exclude workstations. It is recommended to clone the existing rollout policies and adjust the target definitions to include the desired workstations: