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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 | 0 comments
Today I was reviewing one of my T-SQL User Defined Functions (UDFs) and got distracted on the SQL Blog site, sqlblog.com An article by Hugo Kornelis  had caught my attention, T-SQL User-Defined Functions: the good, the bad, and the ugly This ...
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 to take a look at the installed licenses through an alternative route, ...
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 | 4 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 you've finished using it. Yes, and even in the testiest Yes, and ...
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
One issue I face regularly with vendor products is detecting whether they are actually working or not.  A vendor service may be up, a process may be running, but this does not mean that the service is able to perform useful work. Whilst elaborate ...
Idea by ianatkin | 11 Sep 2013 | 0 comments
Deployment Server’s Linux automation is a light-weight and versatile imaging environment. Being less than a tenth of the size of the WinPE automation options, it is an attractive choice for those desiring to leverage PXE imaging across their enterprise. ...
Article by ianatkin | 23 May 2013 | 6 comments
In order to bolster the overall security of their Windows operating systems, Microsoft publishes every patch Tuesday an updated Malicious Software Removal ( MSRT ) tool. This comes down each month through Windows Update and performs a stealthy malware ...
Download by ianatkin | 26 Oct 2012 | 1 comment