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When it comes to imaging, Deployment Server 6.x's Hidden bootworks partitions are impressive. They provide an astoundingly efficient zero-touch mechanism to re-deploy computers at disk-to-disk speeds that bypass LAN bottlenecks. The only downside I ...
Article by ianatkin | 29 Oct 2012 | 1 comment
In today's enterprise, application administrators are increasingly required to be IT generalists with knowledge spanning far beyond the application layer. Applications demand performance and when an application underperforms, we are increasingly ...
Article by ianatkin | 03 Aug 2012 | 8 comments
For those that still have to maintain XP images, today's article shows my trick for testing the validity of new mass-storage drivers. This enables me to confirm mass-storage support in sysprep in minutes rather than hours. Introduction The ...
Article by ianatkin | 26 Jul 2012 | 13 comments
PCExporter is a little app which allows you to export Deployment Server 6.x computer groups to a comma delimited list. This list can then be used in the DS computer import process to selectively migrate your estate to a new server. This release and adds ...
Article by ianatkin | 02 May 2012 | 0 comments
Many moons ago I was asked to setup a scratch folder for other admins. It's primary purpose was to serve as a temporary dumping ground for backup images whilst a machine was being serviced. It was also useful as a readily available temporary ...
Download by ianatkin | 30 Dec 2011 | 0 comments
Getting a new computer imported into your imaging hardware pool can often be a right pain. One of those pains I'm going to ease today is driver tracking.   Today's article is a vbscript which will dump your hardware into a nice HTML ...
Download by ianatkin | 30 Nov 2011 | 3 comments
Last month we received delivery of a shiny new Dell Optiplex 990 for ratification. It's arrival heralded the start of a process which is vital to ensure new hardware integrates seemlessly into our environment. My side of this process is to give ...
Article by ianatkin | 13 Jun 2011 | 1 comment
I need a solution An item of feedback which I've been trying to push to PMs on Patch Management is the issue of vendor patches not always being patches. This can cause headaches ...
Forum Discussion by ianatkin | 09 May 2011 | 6 comments
The newly updated version is now available: Getting The Hang Of IOPS v1.3 If you are an Altiris Administrator, take it from me that IOPS are important to you. What I hope to do in today's article is to help you understand what IOPS are ...
Article by ianatkin | 28 Jun 2012 | 48 comments
One of the niggles that you encounter when documenting your Deployment Server installation is the job permissions. The only way to get all that valuable data is to navigate the job tree, examine all the permissions, and write them all down. Apart ...
Download by ianatkin | 27 Dec 2010 | 0 comments