What are the requirements for agents and how do they work? (NETIQKB1207)

  • 7701207
  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 11-Jan-2008


Requirements for an agent to install on a computer:

Operating Systems to Which Agents Can Be Dispatched

The agent can run on computers with the following operating systems:

  • Windows NT 3.51 with Service Pack 5
  • Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4 or later
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP 

Computers on which the Domain Migrator agent will be dispatched must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 15MB of available disk space for the agent and agent log files.
  • The ADMIN$ share must exist on computers running Windows 3.51 for the agent to be successfully installed.
  • The user account you log on with when you run Domain Migrator must have Administrator permissions on the target computer.
  • Remote registry access must be enabled.
  • NetBIOS should be enabled and the NetBIOS Server service should be running. This is simply the Server service.

The target computer must be a valid member of a valid domain. Some computers may have expired passwords. If a computer has been disconnected from the domain for some time, its password may have expired.

Additional Information

The Agent Technology used for DMA works in the following manner when running the Impact Analysis/Security Translation report:

  • The Agent is dispatched from the console to the machine queried and is generally 2MB in size.  (Other Agents can be between 2 to 4 MB.) There are 20 threads on the console available for dispatching these Agents at any given time.  The number of threads can be adjusted in the Advanced Settings menu.
  • Once the agent is installed and started, the thread is available to begin another install. It does not have to wait for the job to complete, only for the agent to be installed and the job started.
  • The Agent collects the data from the machine on which it was dispatched to.
  • Agents drop "machinename*.secref" file back to the dispatching console machine in the 'Program Files\DMA\Logs\Agents' directory.
  • The Agents then populate the database used to create reports which are viewed in the DMA console GUI.

For more information on Agents, please see Appendix C, "Understanding How DMA Works" in the DMA User Guide.

Please contact Technical Support to create a Support Request for any issues you encounter that are not addressed by the User Guide, any Knowledge Base articles found on the website, or current hotfixes available for download.

Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB1207