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SymantecWorkflowTeam | 13 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

The release of Workflow 7.5 revolutionizes the concept of community-based documentation by creating component wiki pages for every component included in Workflow. This new component wiki model makes structured, community-based content available at its point of use.

You can access these component pages in the articles section of the Endpoint Management Community. You can also access these component pages from within Workflow Designer that shipped with ServiceDesk 7.5. Once Workflow 7.5 is released, you can access the component pages from within the Workflow Designer.

As a member of the Workflow community, you can earn Symantec Connect points and help others in the Workflow community by adding your knowledge, use cases, and examples to the wiki pages for the components that you use

Symantec will continually add content to these pages. However, we encourage you to submit ideas, use cases, and suggestions to help develop the community based articles.

We hope...

Jason Short | 03 Jul 2012 | 6 comments

As an innovation leader, Symantec has broken new ground again, this time in developer documentation. After an in-depth review of documentation for development frameworks similar to Workflow, we found that the best available documentation is community based. Unfortunately, community-based documentation tends to be both unstructured and difficult to find.  

For the upcoming release of Workflow 7.5, we have revolutionized the concept of community-based documentation by creating component wiki pages for every component included in Workflow. These wiki pages are available inside the Workflow Designer, where Workflow developers need to find it, as part of each component’s Online Help. This new component wiki model makes structured, community-based content available at its point of use.  

As a member of the Workflow community, you can earn Symantec Connect points by adding your knowledge, use cases, and examples to the wiki pages for the...

riva11 | 17 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

FeedDemon is a nice RSS reader for Windows, I find it helpful to stay informed with my favorites websites. A nice tool to have on your computer...

Features:

Tagging - Assign your own keywords to items, making it easy to classify and locate articles you've previously read.

Watches - Tell FeedDemon to let you know when your keywords appear in any feed you're subscribed to.

Search Feeds - Get alerted when your keywords appear in any feed, regardless of whether you're subscribed to it.

Podcasts - Let FeedDemon automatically download audio files and copy them to your iPod or other media device.

License : Freeware

Link : FeedDemon

hugo_parra | 29 Sep 2014 | 13 comments

Announcing the availability of ITMS 7.5 SP1 HF3.

This release is available through SIM and contains a number of fixes for the following components:

  • Symantec Management Platform
  • Inventory Solution
  • Deployment Solution
  • Software Management Solution

Cheers,

-Hugo

ianatkin | 26 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Don't normally post about non-Altiris stuff but what NVidia has recently managed to do deserves applause.

NVidia have managed to create a technology which can model in *real-time* global lighting effects. This enables them to set up a scene model in memory and then perform a real-time photo-realistic render using their Maxwell engine. They decided, as a engine test, to see if the 1969 Lunar Landing photographs could be replicated with the only light source being the sun.  The question they wanted to answer was whether Buzz Aldrin was too brightly lit in his decent from the lander. If he was, then this would lend credence to the conspiracy theory that the landing was faked.

What they found is in NVidia blog and also this nice 10minute YouTube video

And the...

ianatkin | 19 Sep 2014 | 2 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 user-editable parameters scattered throughout them. Scattering variables throughout a jobs task is really messy (and makes them harder to maintain). So, I thought about how we could just have one place where we put these variables in a job.

A special task in DS6.9 would have been nice. Something like this,

parameters.png

But this doesn't exist... so I've implemented something less elegant, and a full article on that will be posted shortly. If you think this would be advantage you you (in both DS6.9 and DS7) please comment.

If you know people who *would* like...

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 caught my eye as as I often create T-SQL User Defined Functions (UDFs) in order to simplify the look of my T-SQL code and make pieces of it easier to maintain in the long term. Hugo however demonstrates quite clearly how implementing scalar UDFs can be really, really bad. The problem is their performance can't be optimised by the SQL engine, so each call to the UDF comes with the same cost. He then demonstrates massive performance gains by putting even simple UDF code in-line in your T-SQL.

His bad news doesn't end there -the execution plans also lie about the cost, hiding...

ianatkin | 05 Sep 2014 | 2 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,

  1. Stare vacantly at the database, scanning through every table name waiting for an internal bell to tinkle
  2. Google till you dribble
  3. Run a SQL Query to find your table

In case you are an option (3) type of admin, this is the query to use,

SELECT  *
FROM    sys.tables
WHERE   Name LIKE '%BIOS%'

SELECT  *
FROM    sys.views
WHERE   Name like '%BIOS%'

Where here, in this instance, I'm looking for tables and views whose name includes the string "BIOS". This is a truely invaluable little query, and very helpful when trying to update reports across database versions. It's even quite handy if you simply are feeling a bit nosey.