Minimum System Requirements for Symantec Management Platform 7.0


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Management Platform (Formerly known as Notification Server)




Note: For a more up-to-date information regarding platform support matrix, please see Article ID: HOWTO9965 "Symantec Management Platform Support Matrix" since the following information is based on the requirements placed in the Symantec Management Platform Installation Guide.
As well see Article ID: HOWTO9758 "Symantec Management Platform Capacity Planning"

During the installation process, Symantec Installation Manager (SIM) displays an Install Readiness Check page. On this page, Symantec Installation Manager verifies many of the following system requirements.

Installation and Upgrade

    • .NET 3.5 Framework  (note that .NET 2.0 SP2 and.NET 3.5 SP1 are not supported for versions before SMP 7.0 SP2)
    • Internet Explorer 7 (x86 only) 
    • SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2005 Express
    • Windows 2003 Server (x86 only)


Upgrade prerequisites
    • Notification Server 6.0 R8
    • Altiris Agent 6.0 SP3 or later

The following lists describe the Windows platforms supported:

Windows Client—Managed Platforms:
    • XP SP1 or later x64/x86
    • 2000 Workstation SP4 + rollups
    • Vista RTM and SP1 (x86 and x64)
Note: Customers wishing to manage NT 4 and below must maintain a 6.x Notification Server and run 6.x solutions.
Windows Server—Managed Platforms:
    • 2000 Server SP4 + rollups
    • Server 2003 (SP1/SP2/R2) x64/x86
    • Server 2008x64/x86
Note: Customers wishing to manage NT 4 and below require they continue to maintain a 6.x Notification Server and run 6.x solutions.

SQL Server Support:

    • SQL Server 2005 SP2 + Standard & Enterprise, x64/x86
    • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP2
Note: A policy displays a warning when the system exceeds the number of supported nodes, or unsupported solutions are run on SQL Express.

Windows OS Platforms—Notification Server Installations:

    • Server 2003 (SP1/SP2/R2) x86
Note: Windows 2008 and Windows Vista are only supported on managed computers. They cannot be used as Notification Server or Task Server computers.

Windows OS Platforms—Site Server Installations:

    • 2000 Server SP4 plus rollups
    • XP (SP2/SP3) x64/x86
    • Server 2003 (SP1/SP2/R2) x64/x86
    • Vista (all versions) (package server only)
    • Windows Server 2008 (package server only)

Windows OS Platforms/Browsers – NS Remote Console:

    • Internet Explorer 7 (x86 only) 
Table 2-4 Hardware requirements and recommendations.

 Hardware  Minimum requirements for evaluation  Recommended for small business  Recommended for large enterprise
 CPU  Pentium 4  Dual processor dual core  Dual processor quad core
 CPU Speed  1.8 GHz  2.53 GHz  2.53 GHz
 RAM  1 GB  4 GB, DDR2  8 GB, DDR2
 Cache  not checked  3 MB L2  3 MB L2
 Network  not checked  Gigabit  Gigabit
 Hard Disk  5 GB of free disk space  10,000 RPM SCSI or better.


10 GB of free disk space.

 10,000 RPM SCSI for RAID 1, 4, or 10.
Additional space dependent on implementation of site services, Software Library, and other considerations.
 Microsoft .NET  Microsoft .NET 3.5  Microsoft .NET 3.5  Microsoft .NET 3.5
 Microsoft Operating System  Microsoft Windows Server 2003


(Windows Server 2008 is not supported.)

 Microsoft Windows Server 2003


(Windows Server 2008 is not supported.)

 Microsoft Windows Server 2003


(Windows Server 2008 is not supported.)

 Web Browser  Microsoft IE 7  Microsoft IE 7  Microsoft IE 7
 Microsoft IIS  IIS 6  IIS 6  IIS 6
 AJAX  AJAX 1.0  AJAX 1.0  AJAX 1.0
 Microsoft SQL Server  Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express  Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express for 500 or less managed computers.


Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard or Enterprise for more than 500 managed computers.

 Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise.


Use the following configuration guidelines:

  • Virtual disk 1: Operating system and SQL Server (RAID 1, 5, or 10)
  • Virtual disk 2: Data (36 GB minimum disk size)
  • Virtual disk 3: Logs (36 GB minimum disk size)
  • Virtual disk 4: Temp db (36 GB minimum disk size)

The SQL Server database for large environments with managed computers, software, and multiple Solutions can grow to 15 GB.

See Microsoft SQL Server best practices for disk, file growth, and maintenance strategies.

Note: This information was obtained from the "Symantec Management Platform Installation Guide. Version 7.0". Pages 18-19. Please refer to this document for more details.