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Steps for installing the Notification Server manually


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IT Management Suite




What are the steps to install the Notification Server and any of the Suites or Solutions manually without using AICM (Altiris Installation and Configuration Manager)?


Download File

  1. Go to and download the file called Altiris_NS_6_0.exe.
  2. After it is downloaded, run it.
  3. Click Next in the Welcome Screen

  4. Accept licensing terms and follow all prompts provided in the wizard to set up Notification Server. For evaluation or testing purposes, elect the Complete option as the Setup Type.
  5. After Notification Server is installed, several configuration pages open.

 Steps for NSSetup Pages

  1. The User Identity Settings page appears first. Enter credentials with administrator rights. This account is used to access Notification Server.

    The “domain” part of “domain\user” is the domain name that the computer is associated with on the network. The user must be a Windows user with local administrator rights to the Notification Server computer.
  2.  The E-mail Settings page lets you set up an e-mail address that will receive administrator alerts from Notification Server when system events are generated.

    Enter the DNS name or IP address of your SMTP server. You must also enter a valid user name and password to log on to the SMTP server if the server requires authentication. Click Send Test E-mail to send a test e-mail and verify that Notification Server is sending e-mail to the correct address.

  3. The SQL Database Settings page lets you set up credentials for Microsoft SQL Server and the installed Notification Database.

    Enter the name of the server running Microsoft SQL Server or MSDE. You can install the Notification Database to a specific SQL 2000 instance by entering the server name and SQL instance. For example, SQL server name\SQL instance.

    Select Create new database and enter the name of the database to be created.

    To select an appropriate Command timeout (in seconds), enter a value between 1 and 3600 seconds (1 hour). The command timeout setting applies to all SQL Server connections used by the Notification Server. If you experience timeout errors when using a database connection, due to network traffic or heavy server usage, increase the value of this setting (for instructions, see the Notification Server documentation).
  4.  The Setup Wizard Completion page summarizes the settings entered in the previous pages. Click Finish.

After Notification Server is installed, the suite or solution is installed. During the installation, you might need to complete a few dialogs. When this process is finished, the suite or solution is installed.


Installing Client Management Suite Level II (or any other Suite or Solution)

There are two ways to install a suite or solution, depending on whether you have already installed Notification Server, which is required by the suite or solution:

  • If Notification Server is already installed, use the Solution Center to install the suite or solution:
    1. In the Altiris Console, click the Configuration tab.
    2. In the treeview pane, click Upgrade/Install Additional Solutions.
    3. In the content (right) pane, click the suite or solution you want to install.
    4. Follow the steps in the wizard to install the suite or solution.
  • Getting the .exe files from directory. This method is a little more complicated because there are some Solutions that requires certain order to install. As well you may have already downloaded all the files for the Suite that you need. Usually those files are located at C:/Program Files/Altiris/AICM directory.