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Monitor Solution is an excellent product. However, one snag I hit hard in it's implementation is that the primary mechanism for delivering alerts is not email but the event console. This meant that I had to open up a web browser everytime I wanted ...
Article by ianatkin | 30 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
Two unrelated but noteworthy items I came across this week. The game ELITE and a article on Windows 10. Elite If you don't know the about the game Elite, it was something rather special when I was growing up.     Thanks to a ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 29 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
Every now and then, it's nice to have metrics. So today I’m going to illustrate how simple trends can be divined from a few standard metrics that we can find in our Altiris databases.  Metrics are useful to gather for the following most ...
Article by ianatkin | 30 Sep 2014 | 0 comments
I've been fiddling over the last wee while with an idea for DS6.9 (see my previous blog entry). I've been thinking about how to introduce a working method for implementing global variables. You see, my complex jobs often have ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 19 Sep 2014 | 2 comments
Seems we should be thinking twice before writing our T-SQL UDFs... Today I was reviewing one of my T-SQL User Defined Functions (UDFs) and got distracted on the SQL Blog site, ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 19 Sep 2014 | 0 comments
I often find myself peeking into Altiris databases with the goal of finding a particular piece of information. The only problem is, I rarely know what table it's stored in. There are three options at this point, Stare vacantly at the ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 05 Sep 2014 | 2 comments
Yesterday I was looking at my SMP licensing using SIM (the Symantec Installation Manager) and I was troubled that certain licenses might not be applying correctly. So, I decided ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 02 Sep 2014 | 0 comments
After upgrading from SMP7.5 to 7.5P1 on our production setup (which has SQL server offbox) one niggle was that IT Analytics stopped working. All console users were presented with this error, An error has occurred during report processing. ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 31 Jul 2014 | 0 comments
Last week saw us having a few festivities to mark the end of a major project here; our XP to Windows 7 migration. We're all pretty chuffed with what we've achieved here; a very smooth user upgrade with remarkably few hitches considering from ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 25 Jul 2014 | 1 comment
  When we upgraded our production SMP server from 7.5HF2 to 7.5SP1 we noticed a lot of errors sloshing around our event logs in the days that followed, Access Denied: No Permission to view task history Unhandled Exception: An entry with ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 25 Jul 2014 | 5 comments