VIAS - Veritas Installation Assessment Services (formerly known as SF Prep Utility) has been renamed to Installation and Upgrade


VIAS - Veritas Installation Assessment Services (formerly known as SF Prep Utility) has been renamed to Installation and Upgrade


Veritas Installation Assessment Service (VIAS) has been renamed to Installation and Upgrade and is now available at 

For more information, see 

The information below is for the previous version and is no longer current.

The Veritas Installation Assessment Services (formerly known as SF Prep Utility) is a web-based configuration tool for Storage Foundation products which is designed to increase the efficiency of the installation and upgrade process for all UNIX based versions of Veritas Storage Foundation 5.0 products (see Detailed Report below for Supported Products).  VOSLabs has produced a beta version of the Windows Configuration Checker; see .

The basis of Veritas Installation Assessment Services (VIAS) is to automate the process of comparing the Storage Foundation system and hardware requirements to the customer's environment.  VIAS will check the items that are necessary for successful deployments and upgrades to the Storage Foundation products.

VIAS can be used to produce a Detailed Report or a General Checklist (Detailed Report recommended).  The Detailed Report will generate a customized report based on data collected from a specific server (a data collector utility is provided).  The General Checklist will produce a generic report based on answers to several items that the customer responds to about a specific environment.  All appropriate links to documentation, patches and other software are included in the reports when viewed in a web browser.

(see the Detailed Report procedure below).

A screencast (youtube-style video) of the installation and use of VIAS is available at the Symantec Connect website at:  


Detailed Report

These instructions were written assuming the browser is running on a Windows workstation (typical).  Steps 4 and 5 below can be skipped if the browser is run on the Unix server.

1) Browse to

2) Click  to download the appropriate Data Collector

3) Click  to get a list of data collector archives listed by OS.
PlatformArchive Filename
Solaris (SPARC)
Solaris (x86_64)
Linux (x86_64)
Linux (i686)
(this filename will be used in step 6 below)

4) Click "Download" for the appropriate OS.  The download should start with a dialogue to save the file.  Also, a popup window will appear with a link to additional help if there is an issue with the download.  The Data Collector will download to the Windows workstation.  Optionally, a link to an MD5 checksum is provided.

5) Use a Windows FTP client or DOS command window to upload the data collector archive to any appropriate directory of the Unix server.  Be sure to use binary mode when transferring the file (DOS CLI FTP: set the mode with the command binary before using the put command).
    (a floppy disk, a USB flash drive or a "burned" CD could also be used)

6) Log into the Unix server to assess, cd to the appropriate directory, set execute permissions on the filename that was downloaded (chmod) and execute the script (as specified in step 3 above; Solaris sparc example: ./  This will extract the appropriate executable.

7) Paste the command line displayed at the next UNIX prompt to run the Data Collector.  Respond to the prompts for the product, version and server that will be installed or upgraded (using destination version).

Supported Products (as of this writing)
Veritas Storage Foundation (includes Veritas Volume Manager and Veritas File System)
Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle
Veritas Cluster Server
Veritas Storage Foundation HA (includes Veritas Volume Manager, Veritas File System and Veritas Cluster Server)
Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System
Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC
Veritas Storage Foundation for Sybase
Veritas Storage Foundation for DB2
Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System for Oracle RAC

8) An output file will be generated reflecting the server's environment (.xml).  The Data Collector will ask if you would like to upload the report to the Symantec VIAS servers for report generation (recommended).  
    (the output file can optionally be uploaded to the Symantec VIAS server via a browser)

9) If `y` was answered in step 7, the .xml output file will be uploaded to the VIAS server.  The link displayed can then be typed or pasted into a browser to view the VIAS report.  In any case, answering  'y'  to the next question will allowing viewing of the text version of the report.

10) Click  button to save the report to "My VIAS" for future reference & management.
    (account login/registration is required).

General Checklist

1) Browse to 

2) Click  to see the Configure page containing several prompts where the customer can specify environmental information about their server(s).

3) Click  to display a report based on the customers environment.
    (the type of storage array is not input so all array configurations are listed)
    (this type of report may not be saved)

Additional References

To download or run this tool from the Web service 
    VIAS Guide
      Product Support Matrix

          VIAS Help Forum
            Introducing the Veritas Installation Assessment Service
              (includes Managing the My VIAS account)

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