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When documenting our server installations, one of the time-consuming documentation line-items is the Windows Firewall. For our service development flexibility and speed, our Windows firewall management is not centralised. This has the disadvantage that ...
Article by ianatkin | 24 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
Introduction A few years ago, I posted to Symantec Connect our vbscript which triggers an audited Windows Update at the close of our computer build process. http://www.symantec.com/connect/downloads/vbscript-windows-updates The critical ...
Download by ianatkin | 26 Feb 2015 | 0 comments
Last week I took a look at ammending power plans in Windows 7. The aim was to create an Altiris job which ammended laptop power plans to stop them going to sleep when their lid was closed. This was for laptops which were likely to be used for ...
Article by ianatkin | 26 Jan 2015 | 0 comments
Today's download is one I use a lot. It's a script which converts a text file containing raw T-SQL to a format more readily consumed by programming code. I do a lot of task automation that embeds T-SQL, and this little script is  ...
Download by ianatkin | 26 Jan 2015 | 1 comment
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
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
Today's little download is a simple log collecting script which I use for opening Symantec Support cases. It creates in the same folder as the batch file a log folder and dumps into it the following, Windows Event Logs Installed Programs ...
Download by ianatkin | 07 Jul 2014 | 6 comments