Amp.conf file being modified on random computers

We have roughly 2500 computers across the US.  I've noticed that some computers stop communicating with our Kace box and I have found that most if not all of the computers that stop talking is because the amp.conf was modified (not sure how or by what) and breaks the connection.  
The computers that stop talking have no pattern whatsoever.  Some are laptops and some are desktops.  All Dell hardware.  Affects roughly 5-10% of computers at each of our sites.  Not sure if anyone else has experience this before in their org.  Looking for some suggestions on how to go about this.  

If I replace the amp.conf file with a good copy and reboot the computer, it connects again.   

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  • Never seen that. What part(s) of the file are being modified? - rockhead44 7 years ago
    • The contents itself is being modified, again, no pattern. Normally the config file looks like (removed our company info from the file:

      companyname=company name
      splashtext=Systems Management service is verifying your PC Configuration and managing software updates. Please Wait...

      On some computers half the lines will be missing and on others I might just have the first line with no data. I've been meaning to open a ticket with vendor support but just wanted to see if others have seen this before. - FloRod621 7 years ago

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Posted by: jknox 7 years ago
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This typically happens when there is an antivirus solution that is interfering with the amp.conf write.  Ensure that these directories and files are whitelisted: https://support.software.dell.com/k1000-systems-management-appliance/kb/111785

I would also suggest upgrading to to the 6.3.314 agent as it has some features built in to try to avoid this scenario.

  • Thanks for this information. - FloRod621 7 years ago
Posted by: Nico_K 7 years ago
Red Belt
amp.conf only need the host=hostname line.
If this line is missing, the client is unable to contact the appliance.

It is a good idea to upgrade to 6.3 and update the agent to 6.3 too.
the 6.3.314 agent has a heartbeat function which means, that the amp.conf is only read and no more written like with 6.2 and before.
Update can be found here: https://support.software.dell.com/kb/148053

Whitelist the agent correctly since some firewalls and antivirus may recognize the agent binary as a virus.
https://support.software.dell.com/kb/111775 for all ports
https://support.software.dell.com/kb/111785 for the whitelist

  • Thanks for this information as well. - FloRod621 7 years ago

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