LANDESK 2016 Management Suite Highlights
With the release of Management Suite 2016 LANDESK has included several new features to help you manage the devices more securely and easier.
Managing Devices via the Cloud Service Appliance. Prior to LDMS 2016 in order to manage devices via the CSA one would need to manually configure the device with the CSA certificates, create an agent configuration specially for those mobile devices then figure out how to deploy the agent to them or push the Create the Management Gateway Client Certificate to the device as long as the device with in the office and connected to the network.
In the LDMS 2016 release Enhanced Security Mode is a new Security Model that adds new functionality to what’s been known as the CSA broker certificate system. Now LANDESK uses this authentication method across the rest of the services that interact with the agent/core communication. In addition, with the new features added LANDESK can encrypt a lot of that communication. Now that this is enabled, agents upgraded to LDMS 2016 will now generate a unique certificate and send it to the core for approval.
LANDESK supports Mac OS X uses FileVault. When you enable FileVault through Management Suite, it creates a special encrypted core database inventory record that is saved even if you later delete the device in the Network view. This record includes the FileVault recovery key that Management Suite administrators can use to disable FileVault and restore access to the device.
The Dashboard editor provides a way to manage customized charts. You can use the Dashboard editor to view charts in a separate window, change chart properties, print charts, and drill-down to view detailed information and run queries. You can also copy charts to the clipboard, and then paste them into another application, such as an email. The dashboard editor displays pre-defined dashboards for various tools, such as Patch and compliance. You must have previously launched a tool in order for its dashboard to appear in the dashboard editor. You can also create new dashboards.
Rollout projects are a simplified method for managing vulnerability patching or software distribution. A rollout project is a set of steps to automate deployment. For each step, you can perform actions. When the patches or software packages have completed the actions in a step and pass the exit criteria, they are moved to the next step in the project. A project can be completely automatic, or you can require administrator intervention to make sure content doesn’t progress until you approve it. And since you can set up email notices when a step succeeds or fails, you may not need to monitor the project as closely. Rollout projects are especially useful in situations where the task is frequently repeated or requires minimal oversight.