Application Migration users will see alerts on specific pages that identify orphaned applications - when one or more rules or applications in an application set reference Configuration Manager objects that no longer exist, or where the Configuration Manager association has been deleted.

What are associations?

Applications and Packages in Configuration Manager are identified by a name and optionally publisher and version arbitrarily determined by the Configuration Manager administrator that created them. The Tachyon platform uses a standard format of Vendor, Title, Version and Edition to identify applications.

The Manage Associations section of Inventory enables an administrator to effectively normalize the Applications and Packages imported from Configuration Manager by associating them with a Vendor, Title, Version and Edition defined in the 1E Catalog. These associations are then used to define migration rules in Application Migration 3.1 and reclaim rules in AppClarity 7.1.

What happens if an association is broken?

You will be notified when some rules are associated with Configuration Manager packages or applications that no longer exist on the following pages: 

  • Manage Rules
  • Installations
  • Role Based Applications.

To manage associations, the Inventory repository used by your application must be populated by a System Center Configuration Manager connector that collect details of Applications and Packages defined in Configuration Manager.

There are two reasons why an association could be broken:

  1. Someone has explicitly changed or deleted the association on the Manage associations page.
  2. Someone has explicitly changed or deleted the source package or application the association depended on from Configuration Manager. In this case the impact will only be seen after the System Center Configuration Manager connector sync has run.

Notifications will appear after the Application Migration Consolidation action has run.

For more details about how associations and Tachyon connectors work, please refer to:

For more details about managing rules in Application Migration please refer to Managing migration rules.

On this page:

Managing association alerts

Manage Rules page

In this example we have a Rule to upgrade computers in the All Workstations Management Group from Adobe Acrobat version to Adobe Acrobat XI.

To upgrade Adobe Acrobat version, the migration rule has an association with a Configuration Manager package for Adobe Acrobat Reader XI which has a Configuration Manager package ID of  CM ID - CM100039.

Manage Rules page:

Managing Rules

Configuration Manager Association:

Edit Migration Rule

Viewing associations between Configuration Manager and products

Associations between products and Configuration Manager packages and applications are managed in the Inventory Application.

In our example, we can view the Adobe Acrobat Reader XI associations by switching to the Inventory app and then on the Manage Associations page, viewing CM to Product, selecting Adobe Acrobat Reader XI and clicking Add/Edit Association.

On the Add/Edit Associations for Adobe Acrobat Reader XI we can see that Adobe Acrobat Reader XI is associated with the correct application in Configuration Manager.

To find out more about how the Inventory Application works, please refer to Tachyon Platform 5.2 - Using Inventory.

Manage Associations page:

Add/Edit Associations for Adobe Acrobat XI:

Inventory - delete Associations

When an alert is generated

If the Configuration Manager association is no longer present because, for example either the associated Configuration Manager application or package has been deleted from Configuration Manager. Or the Configuration Manager association has been deleted in Application Migration. You will see an alert.

In our example, the Adobe Acrobat XI package gets deleted from Configuration Manager. At the point of deletion Application Migration does not know the package is gone.

It is after the next Generate Report - Application Migration Consolidation  runs and the Manage Rules page gets refreshed, that you will see an alert.

Its good practice to schedule the regular synchronization of data from Configuration Manager into Application Migration using the System Center Configuration Manager inventory connector.

You should schedule the connector to execute regularly to keep the data in Application Migration up to date, ensuring new devices, new software installations and software removals are correctly reported.

To perform this task you will need to be logged into the Tachyon portal as a user with the Schedule Administrator role. The Application Migration Administrator role does not have the required permissions to schedule connectors.

Refer to Tachyon Platform 5.2 - Schedules page for details on how to schedule a connector.  

To fully understand how to:

  • Get data into Application Migration from Configuration Manager
  • Keep data synchronized between Application Migration and Configuration Manager
  • Execute consolidation actions independently.

Please refer to Post-install configuration.

Generate Report - Application Migration Consolidation:

Application Migration Consolidation

What the alerts look like

You will see an alert displayed in a banner at the head of the page indicating there are one or more rules associated with Configuration Manager packages or applications that no longer exist. In the Associated column there will be a warning symbol indicating which specific rule has a missing association.

Using the apply incomplete filter link in the warning banner you can apply a filter to display incomplete rules and then remediate them by investigating and fixing the missing associations.

For example, if a package has been removed from Configuration Manager, you would need to either recreate or re-import this package in Configuration Manager. You could also adopt your migration rule to include a package that is still present in Configuration Manager.

Or, if the package is present in Configuration Manager and only the association was removed, then you will need to recreate the appropriate associations for your rule to work correctly.

For more details about adding, modifying and deleting migration rules in Application Migration please refer to Managing migration rules.

Refreshed Manage Rules page:

Rule alert

Configuration Manager associations are no longer present:

Package association deleted