In the past version numbers within Enterprise Vault were pretty straight forward. You had the base release, and service packs. Sometimes people would have hot fixes, but that usually affected a handful of files. It all got a bit more complicated with the introduction of the Cumulative Hotfixes. And worse, it’s not easy any more to find out what specifically is installed. Let’s take a few examples:
On a regular Enterprise Vault 10.0.4 environment you might see that the binaries are like this:
And if you do Help -> About Enterprise Vault in the VAC you’ll see:
That’s good, but how do I know if I have installed the 10.0.4 Cumulative Hotfix, like this one. Well, there isn’t an easy way save for looking at version information on files that are affected.
I thought this would get a whole lot easier in Enterprise Vault 11. At least with that version you can see in Add/Remove Programs that a fix has been installed. You just can’t see what it is:
And to top it all, if you look at the list of Servers in the Vault Admin Console, you might see something like this:
And that’s on a 10.0.4 system!
A bit confusing, as I’m sure everyone would agree. Hopefully Symantec can do something about this in the future to make it simpler for people to manage their environments.