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Terry Cutler | 30 Apr 2008 | 1 comment

In connection with Joel's article on Improving Load Performance in Real-Time Systems Manager, the following VBscript provides a shortcut to opening an RTSM page for a system.

REM Use to connect to Altiris system using RTSM

strAnswer = InputBox("Please enter the computer name of the system you wish to manage:","RTSM Quick View")

If strAnswer = "" Then
Wscript.Quit
Else
StrUrl = "http://localhost/Altiris/Resource/ResourceManagerConsole.aspx?Name="&strAnswer
Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
objShell.Run(strUrl)
End If

For the sample script above, replace localhost with the appropriate Altiris NS server name or address. If LocalHost is used, this assumes the utility is being executed on the local system.

Two example screenshots below provide a summary of...

KSchroeder | 29 Apr 2008 | 0 comments

Do you ever look at your Recovery Solution job queue and wonder "I wonder how far along that Integrity Check/SSM job is?" Well I did, and was very frustrated since there wasn't a good way I had found to monitor the progress. Well, by using the following Stored Procedure, you too can find out about the progress of the job.

To install this, just load the attached .SQL file into Query Analyzer (or whatever tool is used in SQL 2005), select your Recovery Solution database, and execute it. It will add the spGetRSJobStatus Stored Procedure (SP) to the database. To run the query, just execute the SP from Query Analyzer:

EXEC spGetRSJobStatus

Note: I just attached a NS report you can use to run this without having to fire up Query Analyzer.

Note that this works best for checking the Integrity Check job's status as...

Terry Cutler | 23 Apr 2008 | 0 comments

Snippets of the keynote, Intel booth, and interviews are now available at the link below. From the humorous guessing of acronyms for vPro, to watching the intense action of the vPro challenge, or in hearing various perspectives on the technology - come enjoy the recap.

http://www.intel.com/go/managefusion

vortex0007 | 22 Apr 2008 | 6 comments

I'm always surprised to find how few customers take advantage of Altiris Inventory Solution's ability to inventory an application's installed serial number. This information can be invaluable when trying to tie copies of applications installed in your environment back to software license agreements.

Each time Altiris Inventory Solution scans are run, the serial numbers for installed applications are captured and stored in the Inv_AeX_OS_Add_Remove_Programs table.

It is impossible for us to list every single application that will report back a serial number properly, but testing in large environments has revealed at least 500 business applications that return this information properly, including most of the business applications from Microsoft, Adobe.

The following SQL query can be run against the Altiris database to find out...

pdeluca | 15 Apr 2008 | 1 comment

Some Microsoft Office Updates need a service to be loaded in workstations. The service name is "Office Source Engine" and in many workstations it is Disabled, so Microsoft Office Patches don't apply or don't work.

Here's a solution.

A good practice is to deploy a registry value that changes this Service to Manual State before Distributing the patches. The "Applicable" number of already distributed patches also change after the distribution of the registry value, so it´s useful to finally increase the "Installed" number.

The registry key and value are:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ose]
"Start"=dword:00000003

Value:
3 = Manual
4 = Disabled

Simply copy the key and value to a .reg file and use Deployment to apply it inmediately.

TilakGovind | 14 Apr 2008 | 8 comments

There would be some situations where we need to call Batch file from Scripts. Here the script to call INSTALL.bat

  1. Copy the below code to Notepad.
    Function Tilak()
    dim shell
    set shell=createobject("wscript.shell")
    shell.run "INSTALL.bat"
    set shell=nothing
    
    End Function
    
  2. Save the file as .VBS
  3. Then use this VBscript in Wise Package Studio's CustomActions pane.
kbuller | 08 Apr 2008 | 1 comment

I have been tasked with locking down our Macintosh workstations. The only goal so far has been to set a screen saver idle time and to require a password to wake the computer from sleep or screen saver.

After much looking around the interwebs I found that there is not a command line utility or apple script command to change these settings. They have to be changed by modifying a preference file. The file is stored separately for each user and is stored here (the tilde is a variable that is the path to the users home folder).

~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.screensaver.THE-MAC-ADDRESS-OF-YOUR-MACHINE.plist.

Argh! The file name is different on every machine. To add to the madness, that file does not exist until the user changes a setting for their screen saver. I found several solutions that pointed to extracting the...

riva11 | 08 Apr 2008 | 0 comments

Questa settimana mi sono imbattuto in questo scenario, e ho pensato che possa essere di vostro interesse conoscere come sia possibile personalizzare in maniera semplice il portale software con il logo della vostra azienda.

Ho rinominato il file disks.gif file contenuto nella sottocartella %programfiles%\altiris\software delivery con il nome di disks.gif_bak. Poi ho modificato il logo della nostra azienda in modo da avere la stessa dimensione nell'originale file gif , assicurandomi inoltre che il background del logo fosse trasparente, infine gli ho dato nome disks.gif a questa immagine ed è stata copiata nella stessa cartella.

Il file sostituito è inizialmente fornito come logo nel CD/Disk ed era posizionato nel pannello a sinistra in del portale software. Questo è più semplice che installare Altiris SDK e diventare uno mago del codice. Anche se questa personalizzazione probabilmente adesso è supportata, ho trovato questo metodo un modo facile per personalizzare il...

nrhudson | 07 Apr 2008 | 2 comments

Our company just ran into this issue. We are undergoing a transition of employees from one section of the building to another section of the building. One of the challenges that we faced is getting the printers installed on the employees new locations. We used a combination of Altiris Software Delivery Solution and the Software Portal to publish printer install tasks to the end users to install the printers at their location.

I know some of you are probably saying, login scripts to do this, searching AD for printers, AD Group Policy, etc... Unfortunately, we did not have the time an resources from our internal staff that manages AD and login scripts to accomplish this. Plus our end users can't browse AD for printers. We decided to use an employee self help portal web page using the Altiris Software Portal and publish printers based on...

Terry Cutler | 03 Apr 2008 | 0 comments

Many have asked what sessions or events around Intel vPro that will occur at ManageFusion 2008 in Las Vegas.

Take a look at http://www.intel.com/go/managefusion

There will be two breakout sessions, two labs, an IT Quest, the Intel vPro Challenge, the Intel booth, and more. In addition - a few additional Altiris Juice articles are being prepared.

Come with your questions, experiences, and desire to learn! Look forward to seeing you there.