Deployment Solution 8.5 RU4 introduced multiple enhancements and changes for the agent side. Please refer to ITMS 8.5 RU4 Release Notes:
The Deployment Solution predefined task Install Windows OS uses the default Symantec Management Agent installation settings when the task performs a scripted operating system installation on Windows client computers.
In the default Symantec Management Agent installation settings, you can specify how the Symantec Management Agent is installed on the client computer.
For example, you can use the setting Override the default installation path to specify a new appropriate path if you want to install the Symantec Management Agent in a particular location on the managed computer.
Deployment Solution lets you perform the preboot configuration and create automation folders at Settings > All Settings > Deployment > Preboot Configurations.
Now you can use the created automation folders in the install, upgrade, and uninstall policies for Windows and Linux client computers.
For example, you can use the Deployment Automation folder for Windows – Install policy to install such automation folders on the client pre-Windows 8 EFI computers.
As you configure the policy settings on the policy page, next to Program Name, you can select the automation folder that you want to install or upgrade.
The enhancements above apply to the images that have a manageable format. Linux and Mac images will be captured in legacy format.
Windows sysprep images already have the required format. To capture Windows backup images in a manageable format, ensure that your client computers have the version 8.5 RU4 or later of an automation folder and Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE). To capture Windows personality images in a manageable format, ensure that you use the Deployment plug-in 8.5 RU4 or later.
To manage legacy images (i.e., Linux and Mac images and Windows backup or personality images that you have captured with Deployment Solution 8.5 RU3 or earlier), you must convert such images to a manageable format on the Image Management page.
The Prepare for Image Capture task is enhanced with the following new options:
You can configure the tasks Deploy Image or Restore BackUp Image to automatically upgrade the Symantec Management Agent to the latest version on the target client computers.
This feature is enabled in the task settings by default.
DS 8.5 RU4
The following is provided just as a reference and not as a "detailed" list of changes and why those changes were made. Most of this information on how to use these changes can be found in our ITMS Help documentation:
Now, a Task does not set execution permission for any file specified as a file to execute during the task. Permissions are set only for the downloaded files and only for the executing user account.
Scratch disk space is increased to 512MB.