How to stop Altiris 8 (ITMS 8) from auto pushing updates to new clients


Recently I have installed new Altiris 8 (IT management suite version 8) on one of our servers. I have installed it mainly for patching the servers in our environment. I have created Windows security updates patch policies and then pushed the Symantec Management Agent (SMA) on many of the client systems.

Then I discovered that the newly installed clients systems are pushed with the patches. Upon reviewing the patch policy I find “Windows Computers with Software Update Plug-in Installed Target” was automatically set on all policies.

I have deleted this from all policies to resolve this.

To delete this from a policy,

  1. Click the policy
  2. Select “Windows Computers with Software Update Plug-in Installed Target”
  3. Click the delete icon
  4. Save the changes
  5. If you have multiple policies like I have shown below, you can click each policy and do the above 1 -4 steps.

Altiris patch

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