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buzz | 12 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

In our environment something corrupted our Win2k Machines resulting in them only checking in at boot. Diagnosing & troubleshooting has exceeded the value of the systems in question so we created a scheduled Task Server Task to restart the Altiris Agent on Win2k system that have not checked in for 2 days.

Because Task Server communicates with clients differently than NS and would still accept tasks, this allowed us to keep our Win2k systems up to date until they are finally swapped.

This will not work if the aexnsagent service has actually stopped. Only if the service is running but fails to check in on schedule.

BRING | 11 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

Recently, there was a NSE file generated that was huge (> 20MB) By default, a Notification Server will not process that NSE file. It will get automatically discarded, as the default configuration does not provide a mechanism for processing those XML files that are larger than 20 MB.

Well, provided you have the horsepower to do it, you can process those files and include that data into your Notification Server. More than likely this data might be a custom inventory or a huge software inventory.


Making this change should be considered to be a temporary setting, as it can consume a large amount of memory. Please make sure that you also perform these changes at a slow processing time for you Notification Server, when there are few background processes running.

You will simply need to edit a registry key on...

BRING | 11 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

Rumor has it that there is an auditing feature built into Notification Server 6.x. How do I access, use and and manipulate Notification Server's internal auditing capabilities?

The Auditing capabilities are extremely lightweight and the procedures are simple. The details for them are:

  1. The Notification Server stores changes (add, modify, delete events) to the Database using the NS Item Management's resource data class.
  2. This data class uses the Evt_NS_Item_Management table to store the information. It stores the following:

    ItemGuid, ItemName, ItemAttributes, User, Action, ItemClassGuid, ResourceTypeGuid, Description

  3. Auditing is activated automatically - No user intervention is required.
  4. Auditing is NOT able to be turned off.
  5. Purging is the only method to clean the data.
  6. It...
pcalver | 06 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

Would you like to patch those notebooks out in your company vehicles without leaving your desk? Check out this article from Josh H. at Intel. He is using a Panasonic CF-19 with the vPro technology.

Thanks Josh.

vortex0007 | 29 Jan 2009 | 1 comment

A bit of SQL that I have found very useful for building Collections in Altiris Notification Server 6 (NS6) is posted below.

This SQL is very handy for helping to configure NS6 policies. For example a configuration policy might need different settings based on what subnet a machine falls into.

To use this, open the NS console > choose Resources > under Collections choose My Collections > Right-click on My Collections > Choose New Collection. Use the option to enter SQL directly and cut and paste the SQL below.

You will need to edit 3 places for this to work in your environment.

  1. Edit Line 8 where ip.[Subnet] Like '192.%' to your appropriate subnet.
  2. Edit Line 9, the very last 0 should be changed to be the beginning of your range.
  3. Edit Line 10, the very last number 110 should be changed to be...
adtlink | 26 Jan 2009 | 2 comments

We are pleased to announce the availability of Altiris Client Management Suite and Server Management Suite 7 Release Candidate 1 into the beta portal. To download the product, please login to the beta portal, and click on the Beta Products tab.

RC 1 of Altiris 7 represents the latest version of our software. We thank you for helping us accomplish our goal of continuous improvement of our products in preparation for release. We have heard from many of you, and have worked to incorporate your feedback into this updated version of the product. We appreciate all of your candid feedback!

We have resources available to you if you have any questions concerning RC1. We have a beta forum where you can come and discuss the product, and get answers to your questions. We also have a feedback page where you can provide information regarding the...

adtlink | 21 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce Altiris 7 Beta IV for both Client Management Suite and Server Management Suite. This will be the final beta cycle prior to the release of these products. We appreciate your input into the product over the past few months; you're your help the product has improved greatly. As we prepare to release the product, we invite you to make a 'final review' across the various key features of Altiris 7. We have created scenario-based surveys as a guide for your testing.

As an incentive, we will be providing giveaways for joining our testing and development groups in ensuring that we are prepared to release Altiris 7. The giveaways include:

  • $20 iTunes Gift Card
  • Altiris 7 Premier Beta Team T-Shirts
  • Altiris 7 Beta Runners Jacket
  • Altiris 7 Beta Polo Shirts

Here is how it works. We have created 5 scenario-based test plans in the form of an online survey which cover all of the solutions in SMS 7 and CMS 7.

vortex0007 | 16 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

Symantec has released Service Pack 2 (Build 6.0.1505) for Altiris Task Server and simliar to the previous release, this is a complete build of the solution and not an upgrade. The release notes can be found here. . What this means for existing Task Server customers is <moan> <groan> another uninstall/reinstall of any existing Task Servers </moan></groan>.

For those who are still on the original release of Task Server (6.0.1356), here is a heads up that might help with your rollout. Customers that are already on SP1 (6.0.1404) can safely ignore this tip.

One of the many files Task Server requires to...

haim96 | 23 Dec 2008 | 0 comments

In my environment (NS 6) there are a lot of scheduled tasks running on permanent time and day but from time to time I need to temporary disable a task and then enable it again.

With NS 6 there is only one option to disable task:

By disabling the shared scheduled that the user uses (IF he uses...) but in this way all the tasks that use the same shared scheduled will be also disabled.

The other way is delete the scheduled task and then recreate it when you need it again. Not very good option when the task runs on a variety of collections and computers...

So I came up with another option that allow me to disable the task but keeps it from deletion (and the collections\computers selections).

Create new shared scheduled in:
Configuration-> notification sever settings -> shared scheduled.

Select "Add...

EMercado | 15 Dec 2008 | 0 comments

Among the fixes in this rollup is improved for XP, Server 2003 and 2008, Collection Picker load time fixes, and an updated AexAgentUtil when using the /clean option.

You can get the hotfix from here:

You can view the release notes here:

If you have Helpdesk Solution installed, don't forget to this link to finish fixing a License Refresh issue: