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Trickle Conflict Applications trigger BigFix Client to run slower

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What is a Trickle Conflict Application?


The BigFix Client engine is very efficient in scanning a computer for registry keys, files, configurations, etc.. but the constant attempts to access system resources can cause other applications that are monitoring the computer to behave poorly in response. In rare occasions, virus scanners have been seen to consume excessive resources trying to monitor the BigFix Client activities. When the BigFix Client detects a Trickle Conflict Application running it will run slower to help prevent the application from consuming too many resources.

The BigFix Client setting to control the sleep time for Trickle Conflict Applications is:
[ _BESClient_Resource_SlowTrickleSleep]
Value: Number of MilliSeconds
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 1000
Default Values:

  • BigFix 3.0 - 5.1: 125
  • BigFix 6.0 and above: 32

The BigFix Client has the following list of Trickle Conflict Applications pre-defined:
  • alertsvc.exe
  • defrag.exe
  • inocit.exe
  • McShield.exe
  • navapsvc.exe
  • navw32.exe
  • navwnt.exe
  • rtvscan.exe
  • scandskw.exe
  • vet98.exe
  • vettray.exe
  • vpexrt.exe
  • vptray.exe
  • vs95nt.exe
  • Vshwin32.exe
  • windbkgd.exe

A new list can also be defined with the following registry key:


Each Trickle Conflict Application should be created as a sub key beneath this key. For example, you might create the following two values to set the list to contain rtvscan.exe and mcshield.exe:
  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\BigFix\EnterpriseClient\TrickleConflictApps\rtvscan.exe]
  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\BigFix\EnterpriseClient\TrickleConflictApps\mcshield.exe]

Finally, you can disable Trickle Conflict Application behavior by creating the TrickleConflictApplication key but not listing any sub keys.

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Document information

More support for: IBM BigFix family

Software version: All Versions

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1506022

Modified date: 07 October 2013