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stebro | 10 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Recently, we have seen a lot of inquiries from organizations about controlling portable applications. Portable applications have been around for many years, but are becoming more prevalent and represent a new level of risk to customers that want to maintain the integrity of their operating environment. The good news is that there are methods to contain these applications – let’s take a look.

Portable applications are simply applications that are a self-contained executable that can be run from a USB drive, a network drive or a cloud drive (see Wikipedia: Portable Applications for more details). In the past, most Windows applications would install the main executable as well as a number of DLLs and resource files. In addition to file changes, most applications would use the registry to store settings. Portable applications have grown with the increased prevalence of USB drives and the...

JimChud | 16 Sep 2011 | 1 comment

I recently had problems with agents not installing while migrating alot of machines from one Notification server to another.

I found this when looking at the agent install policies and found 70 or 80 machine without the default agents e.g. Inventory Plugin, Software Management Plugin, etc. after attempting to reinstall the agents and restarting them they were still not installing the agents.

I had a 5 minute blockout in place on the machines at system startup was stopping the agents from installing. After 10 minutes they should have tried again but it seems they couldnt find the information as they didnt seem to have they're codebase and had no idea what to do next.

Removing the blockouts in 'Settings > Symantec Management Agent > Settings > Symantec Management Agent Settings - Targeted' has resolved the issues on the machines.

Christine Ewing | 15 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Join us at CCIB in Barcelona October 4–6 to Surround Yourself with the kind of invaluable knowledge, quality interactions, and fun laid-back environment you'll only find at Symantec Vision 2011.

Sessions this year will start with the new Product Vision and Strategy Forum where our experts will discuss Symantec's strategic plans addressing today's challenges in building an agile Enterprise Infrastructure adopting key trends such as Virtualization, Cloud and Mobile architectures.

From there you'll have access to in-depth specialized knowledge tracks, technical sessions, hands-on labs, and one-on-one opportunities to choose from. You'll also be able to take advantage of discounted training and certification exams, and more.

The Systems and IT Management track features best practices to help you optimize client and server management processes, effectively control assets, reduce...

Pascal KOTTE | 10 Sep 2011 | 12 comments

When talking OSD (Operating System Deployment): we speak about "DS" (Altiris Deployment Solution)...
But when speak about DS, must ask for "6.9 or 7.1" ?

About DS 6.9:

We already build with success a single DS 6.9, with 60 remote sites (or perhaps 55 only, but 2 times). So we can afford 60 secondary PXEs, connected to a single central DS.

Where is the maximal limitation ?

Well, in theory, only a total of 5'000 machines can connect the central DS server. I am pretty sure we can upper this number using Windows 2008.

Regarding numbers of remote sites maximum: a secondary PXE will only connect the DS central a single TCP session...

We often got a problem using DS 6.9 because of any change preboot files, immediate impact thousand remote sites, and overload WAN. The workaround is to "stop" the PXE config helper on each site, to start only during "maintenance hours" (...

stebro | 07 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Arellia Endpoint Security Remediation Suite 7.1 Service Pack 1 is now released with key enhancements and bug fixes for all components: Application Control Solution, Local Security Solution, and Security Analysis Solution.

Application Control Solution

  • Policy Wizard: wizard makes it easy to create policies to elevate or remove privileges and blacklist applications.
  • Policy Priority Management: view all policies and their priority and change them in a single view.
  • New Application Filters: network location filter enables policies based on endpoint location and file ownership filter enables policies based on trusted users.

Local Security Solution

  • Policy Wizard: quickly create a randomization policy targeting administrators.
  • Enhanced Console: improved performance, drag and drop, while still in a web console.

Security Analysis Solution

  • CyberScope Reporting: generate: CyberScope reports with...
KSchroeder | 07 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Note that the following applies to and was tested on Altiris NS 6.0 SP3 R13, but may work with some adjustments on SMP 7.x as well (untested).

On some occasions, you may need to move the Altiris Agent on your Package Server from one drive to another, particularly if the first drive (probably C:) is out of space or was incorrectly installed to begin with.  The following procedure will accomplish this, without having to re-replicate possibly dozens or hundreds of GB of packages (which is what will happen if you do this the traditional way of uninstalling/reinstalling core agent/reinstalling Package Server Agent).

How to move the Package Server from One Drive to Another (without re-replicating 10's of GB of Packages)

In some cases, the Altiris Agent and Package Server Agent may get installed to the C: drive instead  of the usual D: drive (depending on the particular machine's configuration).  This basic...

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 19 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

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ohzone - CherylPeterson | 19 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

The Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine and Dev Pro Connections readers choice awards have opened up for voting. There are a number of Symantec products nominated in each award program and if you’re up for it, I invite you to visit the voting site and cast your votes. In some instances, there are more than one Symantec product per category. Since you can only vote in each category once, please just pick your favorite Symantec solution in those cases.

Votes can be cast here:

Windows IT Pro:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/windowsitpro-communi...

SQL Server Magazine:
...

Andrew Bosch | 03 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec has released an update for Activity Center 7.1 SP1. The update includes a number of fixes and performance improvements.

Read more here:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO58413

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 29 Jul 2011 | 0 comments

Happy SysAdminDay!

I'm kicking myself for nearly letting this one sneak by without my notice! But how can I let the day pass without giving a shout out to all the Connect members to toil away and don't get nearly enough recognition?!

This day isn't as widely known as International Talk Like a Pirate Day but it's still a day that's dear to my heart because it's one day out of the year that recognizes YOU! Without you, I wouldn't have a job, so keep up the good work!

Go ahead, take tomorrow off!