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ziggy | 25 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Before we had the Task solution installed, we were tasked :-) with figuring out a way to get our agents to run a basic inventory and check in to see if there are tasks for it to run immediately and not have to wait till they checked in next time (which may be up to 8 hours later). Well, with the restrictions on ports due to the tightened security in our Data Centers (remeber, we only run our agents on our 11,000 servers) we could not roll out Task even if we wanted to. So my predecessor and I worked on a solution that involved using the ASDK. We came up with this simple batch script that sits on our NS: AltirisASDKNS.exe cmd:ComputerPowerManagement_Collection collectionGuids:{b1463d19-f363-4fff-a64b-be426b627b09} commandsendBasicInventory AltirisASDKNS.exe cmd:ComputerPowerManagement_Collection collectionGuids:{b1463d19-f363-4fff-a64b-be426b627b09} commands:GetClientConfig The first line calls the ASDK 'Send Basic Inventory' command from the Power Management function on all the...

adtlink | 10 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

What a great opening day to ManageFusion 09.

Quick Impressions, thoughts, and Ideas:

- Altiris 7 Launches, the product is ready for prime time, and Symantec has shown a commitment to putting the pieces together for a combined enterprise strategy going forward.  Big new for the software industry.

- Partner Expo was great.  Meeting with partners from a broad range of Symantec portfolio is a great place to gather ideas, share information, and provide solutions to customers

- Dell and Symantec:  Dell Management Console built on the Symantec Management Platform (Altiris 7) strengthens the message to IT staffs for simplifying their jobs and reducing costs.

- Where can you find Workflow 7?  Well, I still don't know when it will release, but it will go beta from, and I can give it to you for free. :)

- Data Loss...

adtlink | 10 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

As always, the keynote kicked off with a joke or two from Steve Morton.  We love Steve here at Symantec, and are always ready to enjoy his jokes.  Now to the elephant in the room not named Steve Morton. 

ALTIRIS 7 launches!!!

As beta program manager for the Endpoint Management group, I am happy to say that Altiris 7 has shipped.  And more importantly - it is ready to be shipped.  As you heard in the announcement today from Enrique Salem our next CEO, we have worked long and hard to ensure a successful release.  Today is the culmination of all our efforts, from development, QA, partners, and our customers we all combined to help launch Altiris 7. 

Who was that, Joaquin Phoenix? 

Yeah, that was me.  I think I threw Morton off-script.  Not sure if it was the hair, or the beard, but I am proud to say that I left Steve Morton speechless (rare occurrence) and in fits of laughter during a MF keynote....

AndyN | 10 Mar 2009 | 3 comments

ManageFusion Las Vegas 09 - Day 1

It's the first day of the last ManageFusion! While I sort of expected attendance to be down both at the conference and in Las Vegas, it sure doesn't seem that way to me! Sessions are full and so are the blackjack tables!

The morning keynote was entertaining and informative as usual with Steve Morton taking on the Jay Leno duties. The big announcement of course was the general availability of CMS and SMS 7! I also really enjoyed seeing a video that Bob and I did a few years ago in Orlando. Good times.

With my role in managing User Groups, I'm on the lookout for the most compelling sessions to bring to User Groups across the country and provide sort of a "mini" ManageFusion for those who were not able to attend. There is tons to choose from!

Speaking of User Groups, for all those here in Vegas be sure to attend the User Group Challenge tomorrow from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the...

Spencer Parkinson | 10 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Industry analysts covering endpoint security, management and virtualization technology got a sneak preview of Symantec’s endpoint control strategy during the Industry Analyst Forum on Endpoint Control, held Monday, March 9.

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The forum, held conjunction with ManageFusion, attracted 26 top-tier analysts who came together to hear product management discuss current and future Symantec solutions for controlling the endpoint. Symantec’s Vice President of Product Marketing, John Magee, hosted morning presentations by Steve Morton, vice president of enterprise management, Art Gilliland, vice president of enterprise security and Ken Berryman, vice president of strategy. The morning also featured demo sessions of various solutions and scenarios, including workflow automation for client management, and concluded with a panel Q&A session with the keynote presenters....

Spencer Parkinson | 04 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Next week (March 10-12), Symantec will be hosting ManageFusion 09 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With more than 1250 participants expected to attend, ManageFusion 09 will be Symantec’s biggest technical user conference of the year. The conference will showcase how Symantec and its partners can help solve the toughest IT management challenges and will give attendees a chance to get a closer look at Symantec’s capabilities.

At ManageFusion 09, Symantec plans to announce significant news and provide in-depth updates on the company’s products and strategy for protecting and managing customers’ infrastructure, information and interactions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with Symantec executives, customers and partners to discuss the latest developments and best practices in securing, managing and protecting endpoint information.

In addition to more than 60 lab sessions, 130 break-out groups and the opportunity to...

Antonp | 04 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

I had to do this prior to creating a maintainence plan for a database on my Production box.

When I first tried to create the plan I was given a message that "Agent XPs" are not enabled and that I should run sp_reconfigure.

Run this statement then you can do get on with it:

SQL Query:

sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
sp_configure 'Agent XPs', 1;

Antonp | 23 Feb 2009 | 1 comment

I know there was some doubt in the fact that one could copy across all patches to another NS server and it'll be listed as downloaded.

The process is simple.

  1. Install your new NS and configure Patch Management.
  2. Run Qchain and PMImports.
  3. Copy patch files from Updates folder to Updates folder of new NS, if the Updates folder does not exist, create it manually and paste the patches.
  4. Use a small patch i.e MS09-003 to test.
  5. Click download/stage on the patch and review your log - you should see something similar to that in the screenshot.
WiseUser | 18 Feb 2009 | 2 comments

The process of converting Wise Script made exe's back to Wise scripts (.wse) is not efficient with any utilities available in the market.

It is always advisable to keep a copy of the Wise script embedded in the exe, so that we can get back the project file at anytime even if the source file is lost.


  1. Create your own Wise script
  2. Include the script in itself
  3. Compile the script
  4. Run the executable with "/script" as cmd parameter, you will get back the wise script in %TEMP% location.
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.