6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 21, 2013 2:59 PM by zarberg

    Agent not communicating

      This past weekend I upgraded my organization's ePO server from 4.6.4 to 5.0.1, and now I have an workstation coming up with the dredded "Agent failed to communicate with ePO Server" message and it's driving me crazy. I've already taken tons of troubleshooting steps to no avail.


      Things I've done so far:


      1. Re-installed the agent
      2. Cleared out the sequence count
      3. Stopped/re-started the McAfee services on the server


      Which log files do you need for me to post to tell me how silly I am because it's a simple problem? (Also, where are said log files located?)

        • 1. Re: Agent not communicating

          Here's an agent log file and the server.log (plus backup because it just rolled over)

          • 2. Re: Agent not communicating

            Are you using remote agent handlers, and which agent version are you using on this machine?

            What appears to be happening is that there is a user-based policy assigned to this machine, but the LDAP server for the domain is not reachable, meaning the UBP cannot be determined. The relevant chunk of the server log is:


            20131016101030    I    #08344    NAIMSERV    Calculating policies for user eschq\usgsupport

            20131016101030    E    #08344    NAIMSERV    UserRuleAssignments.cpp(1365): Failed to connect to the LDAP server 2

            20131016101030    E    #08344    NAIMSERV    UserRuleAssignments.cpp(1407): There was an error looking up 'belongs to' based OU data.

            20131016101030    E    #08344    NAIMSERV    UserRuleAssignments.cpp(1165): Failed to get the object IDs from the policy rules.  Some of the rules appear to be invalid.

            20131016101030    E    #08344    NAIMSERV    UserRuleAssignments.cpp(733): Failed to look up and cache distinguished names.

            20131016101030    E    #08344    NAIMSERV    UserRuleAssignments.cpp(990): Failed to get the GUID to DN map object.  This is needed to evaluate the User Based Policy rules.

            20131016101030    E    #08344    NAIMSERV    policy.cpp(988): Failed to generate policy for user eschq\usgsupport, error 0x80004005


            check that the registered LDAP server for this domain (eschq) is available - from the server log it looks like this is affecting more than just this one machine.


            HTH -



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            • 3. Re: Agent not communicating

              Been working with McAfee support the past few days, looks like a "minor" bug in 5.0.1 and my organization being ripe for having that big bite us is the problem - you were on the right path, though. It stems from multiple LDAP servers not being supported correctly in 5.0.1 and the ePO server having 3 LDAP servers before the upgrade this past weekend.


              It's been escallated.

              • 4. Re: Agent not communicating

                Ah, OK - sounds good.

                Do you have an SR number for the case? I'd like to keep an eye on it for my own information...


                Thanks -



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                  • 6. Re: Agent not communicating

                    Turns out it was the number of LDAP servers we had before the upgrade. Level 2 tech remoted in, edited some SQL tables related to the LDAP servers directly and any users associated with servers that were removed and things started processing again.