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ianatkin | 16 Jan 2012 | 1 comment

I attended a SQL Server user group just before christmas and I found it pretty illuminating. Well worth the trip out. Altiris administrators have to wear many hats, and SQL Server knowledge is more than useful -it's critical for a smooth running Altiris setup.

I strongly advise you join a SQL User group near you. At mine they provided free pizza and we could bring in a beer from the bar downstairs.... Not that this was my primary reason for going of course....

http://sqlserverfaq.com/

You might not of course understand what they are saying,  what they are doing, or even why they are doing it... but in time you might ;-)

And making connections with SQL admins could turn out to be very useful in a time of need. And, I am of course assuming you are already a member of your local Altiris Group... right??!?

Kind Regards,
Ian./

Marcello D'Angelone | 12 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Ghost 12.0.0.4112, shipped with Deployment Solution 7.1 and later, is capable to create / convert to VHD images.

You can convert a ".GHO" file to a ".VHD" file using ghost32.exe, ghost64.exe or the Linux version of ghost.exe.
To convert the file, run ghost with the following command line:

-clone,mode=restore,src=C:\image.gho,dst=V:\image.vhd

Now you can open Hyper-V Manager Snap-in

select New > Virtual Machine...

Open the New Virtual Machine Wizard, click Next

Allocate the amount of memory, click Next

Configure Networking, click Next

Select "Use an existing virtual disk" and Browse to the location where you stored your newly converted .VHD image

Pascal KOTTE | 12 Jan 2012 | 8 comments

How, where to find the latest Architecture, Planning, Implementation and Design Guide for Altiris

There was a time where we were not having any "Architecture" guideline documentation for such complex Altiris framework... Now, we have a lot, and when TECHs are talking about the "Design" doc, they are not always talking about the same. ;-P

I found main 4 below: Please, provide any additional, update you’ll find in there :)

Symantec Management Platform Architecture and Design - Version 1.1 - (all the same doc name display 1.0 :)

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO30370 (last update 2010-07-15) 27 pages

 

Altiris IT Management Suite 7.1 SP2 from Symantec Planning and Implementation Guide

  That is the OFFICIAL one ! 350 pages ! 

http://www.symantec....

Marcello D'Angelone | 11 Jan 2012 | 2 comments

Ghost32.exe and Ghost64.exe build 12.0.0.4112 and onwards, have new Switches to enable Multicast Peer Restore.

Here is the full list:

-MP

Enable Multicast Peer Restore. Use this when cloning from a network location to cause ghost to multicast to peer ghosts started with the same switches. e.g. ghost32 -clone,mode=restore,src=z:\image.gho,dst=1 -mp

-IP={N.N.N.N:P}

Set the multicast ip address and port (default: 224.2.0.3:402).

-SESSION={ID.EN_US}

Set the multicast session ID to N (default: ghost).

-BOUNDIP={N.N.N.N}

Specify the interface for multicasting (default: 0.0.0.0).

-CLIENTS=N

Multicast to N clients (default: unlimited).

-THRESHOLD=N

Set the minimum number of clients needed to multicast...

JKrauseCUSA | 06 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Canon USA has a full time opening for a Senior Client Technologies Analyst at our Lake Success Headquarters. The ideal candidate will be an expert in Altiris Notification Server & Deployment Solution. The position can be viewed at: https://jobs-cusa.icims.com/jobs/3431/job

If you or anyone you know is interested, please reach out to Jennifer Krause at jkrause@cusa.canon.com

ianatkin | 06 Jan 2012 | 1 comment

Been working over the last few days trying to finish up a project for a standalone Altiris imaging wrapper for Linux. The idea is to re-create the basic Windows RDeploy interface in Linux. But with less features... thankfully.....

The requirement is to be able to boot from a USB device and to be instantly thrown into an offline imaging menu where they can either upload an image to the USB device, or download an image from the device to the computer. Mostly there, but as usual (for me) the last 10% of the project takes up the bulk of the time....

Using whiptail to drive the menu, and lots of bash scripting goodness to bring it all together.

Very challenging piece finished today -the disk info screen. Now have the systems disks indexed nicely with partition ennumeration. The images on the source drive listed with sizes.

 

Some handy links...

A tip which...

vikasj | 05 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

We purchased an HP Compaq desktop which has Windows 7 and recovery partition buit in. We tried to deploy a Windows XP image on the same model but it fails every time after the completion of deploy image task.

In the Deployanywhere.txt logs we found critical drivers were missing, but all the necessary drivers were present in the Driverdsb.

Next we tried to install the operating system through our Volume License CD Key, but after verifying all Windows files it gives a blue dump. After that we found it is related to some Hard Disk setting in BIOS.

It is not a drivers problem.

We changed the BIOS SATA Emulation setting from AHCI to IDE mode and my image deployment problem on HP Compaq 6200 desktop with Windows 7 and recovery partition built in is quickly resolved.

On it I selected two tasks:
1. Deploy Image (Deployanywhere option should be ticked)
2. Reboot to production

ianatkin | 20 Dec 2011 | 2 comments

Beta testing on the Symantec Management Platform is a pain. The hardware prerequisite for a responsive console throws the traditional workstation beta testing VMs out into the cold. Whilst they work, it's pretty frustrating beta testing when you're waiting ages for console refreshes.

So.. for this round of beta testing I decided to bite the bullet and get a OCZ RevoDrive for my beta testing virtual machines. The Revodrive 3 240GB capacity is more than enough to house my beta SMP server, domain controller, a site server,  some dhcp routers and a couple of client VMs.

I am not disappointed. HDTune registers drive transfer rates of over 400MB/s and 0.1ms access times. Even within a VMWare workstation VM, the times are sweet. When benchmarking within a VM, the most notable change is in the access time. Initial tests show this ballooning to over 0.7ms, but in context this is still 20-30 times faster than my harddisk!

My Windows 2008 R2 server VM...

Steven.Riley | 13 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

About Windows-to-Mac Migration Script Tool

The Windows-to-Mac® migration scripted tool provides a simple framework to begin the process of moving Windows user profile files (e.g. documents, movies, photos, music files, iTunes® settings, IE favorites (links), etc.) from a Windows environment to an Apple® Mac. The concept is to capture the majority of the files that a user in a Windows environment uses and move them to their Apple machine. The user items that will be migrated are dependent on the version of Windows that they are running. The Symantec Management Platform is leveraged to run tasks on the Windows computers that need to be targeted. The scripts determine via a data file located on a file share which Apple computer to target for the data. This simplifies the migration of many computers and allows a simple “mass” migration path as needed. Further, once the framework has been put in place the entire process can be...

ianatkin | 07 Dec 2011 | 11 comments

When imaging machines over and over in testing, we occasionally find that after a reboot (initiated by an agent power control task) that the AClient just stops responding. We are using here DS6.9SP4.  We see,

  1. The AClient process is still memory resident
  2. netstat shows TCP 402 still ESTABLISHED
  3. service does not respond to stop requests
  4. Log file is not written to

So, the AClient is pretty much dead. The process needs to be killed, and the service started.

This is a pain though, as when deploying large numbers of machines the unresponsive agent eats into our success statistics and causes frustration. So... how to see if the AClient is running?

Been puzzling this over last night, and came up with the following script with the ever helpful Darren...

 

 '####################################################
'# VBScript to get some AClient process and log
'# data so that we can see if...