What methods can be used to manually install the Altiris Agent?
Updated for NS 7.x and 8.x
Manual Installation of the Altiris Agent
The manual installation of the Altiris Agent is like any other Software Deployment. If you understand the command-line switches to use, you can script the install any way you’d like. This section reviews the Altiris Agent installer, and its command-line parameters, and also gives an example.
The Altiris Agent installation program (AeXNSC.exe) extracts the Altiris Agent installation files into a temporary location and then runs the Altiris Agent installation setup on a single computer. The Altiris Agent bootstrap program usually downloads and runs the Altiris Agent installation program.
Manual use of the AeNSC.exe installer
Run the AeXNSC.exe on the target computer (see AeXNSC Command Line Arguments below). (On the Notification Server, this file is found in the following directory: C:\Program files\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap\Bin\Win32\X86\NS Client Package.) After the Altiris Agent installation setup program completes, you will see a new icon in the system tray of the managed computer if you set this option. As part of the setup process, you define the name of the Notification Server that the Altiris Agent will interact with. You can enter the hostname for the Notification Server. You can also use the IP address. You can use the fully qualified domain name as well. From the managed computer, you must be able to resolve the hostname entered. You can verify this by running ping <hostname> from a command prompt at the managed computer.
aexnsc.exe –s –a ns=”lab1.altiris.com” nsweb=”http://lab1.altiris.com/Altiris” NOSTARTMENU NOTRAYICON OKTOREBOOT /s
The above command line installs the Altiris Agent on the computer connecting to the Notification Server on “lab1.altiris.com”. No start menu is installed. Tray icon will not be shown on startup. The installation may ask to reboot if needed. The entire installation process will be done silently.
AeXNSC Command Line Arguments and Parameter Descriptions
[-a arguments] *NOTE: this argument switch is REQUIRED for any of the following switches to be passed to the installer.
[/REGDIAGS or REGDIAGS]
[/ADDREMOVE or ADDREMOVE]