What's New in Symantec Installation Manager (SIM) 7.1 SP2 MP1


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Management Platform (Formerly known as Notification Server)




The version of Symantec Installation Manager that ships with the IT Management Suite 7.1 SP2 MP1 release contains a number of new features:

Feature Description
Reduced download size

Through the consolidation of .msi files, the IT Management Suite download size has been reduced by over 1GB. This improves the speed and the reliability of the installation by reducing the number of failure points.

Added environmental checks

Added additional environmental checks were implemented to ensure that your system is ready for the installation/upgrade. For example, SIM checks to see whether a server is in a hierarchy and prevents you from installing products on a child Notification Server that cannot be installed there.

New name for PL

The name of the product listing (PL) file is now symantec_v2.pl.xml. (The old name was symantec.pl.xml)

Faster upgrade process

Before it performs an upgrade, Symantec Installation Manager automatically deletes \Bad folders and files in the EvtInbox, EvtQFast, EvtQLarge,EvtQPriority, EvtQSlow and EvtQueue folders under C:\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap. This speeds up the upgrade process.

New hot fix page

A new product hot fix installation page was added.

Improved upgrade interface

An easier-to-use upgrade interface was implemented that automatically identifies compatible product versions to install and uninstall during an upgrade.

Integrated Technical Resource Kit

The Technical Resource Kit  is accessible from the Installation Readiness Check page or online at http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO77027 . The kit contains tools, utilities, and documentation to enable you to more effectively troubleshoot, plan resources, and manage the product.

New registry keys


  • ProductImprovementProgramDisplayed
  • ProductImprovementProgram

In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_SOFTWARE\Altiris\AIM\Configuration\ProductListings:

  • NewHotFixesAvailableCount
  • NewupgradeAvailableCount