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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 £1.5m ...
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
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
Trying to be nice here. SIM is frustrating. No product is more certain to bring an SMP server's resources to its knees. So, word to the wise. ALWAYS close SIM when ...
Blog Entry by ianatkin | 09 Jun 2014 | 4 comments
Today I’m going to introduce you to a handy script I made to provide a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)  ‘ping-like’ facility on the command-line. I distribute this to my server estate so I always have something to hand which can punch that little bit ...
Download by ianatkin | 30 Sep 2013 | 0 comments