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WiseUser | 01 May 2008 | 0 comments

Definition: A user profile is a group of settings and files that defines the environment that the system loads when a user logs on.

It includes all the user-specific configuration settings, such as program items, screen colors, network connections, printer connections, mouse settings, and window size and position.

How to copy the files to user profiles using wise script

A Profile can be roaming profile or a local profile.

We have to search for the following registry value to get hold of users My documents or app data folders.

Profile whose user profile is redirected to H :\

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
"AppData"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\{USER}\\Application Data"
"Cookies"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\{USER}\\Cookies"
"Desktop"="H:\\...
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...

nrhudson | 03 Apr 2008 | 3 comments

I ran across this scenario this week and thought you might be interested in an easy way to brand the software portal with your corporate logo.

I renamed the disks.gif file in the %programfiles%\altiris\software delivery subdirectory to disks.gif_bak. I then modified our corporate logo to be the same size as the original gif file making sure the background of the logo was transparent, and named it disks.gif and copied it into the same directory.

The file I replaced provided the CD/Disk logo that was in the upper left pane of the software portal. This was easier than installing the Altiris SDK and becoming a codemaster. Although this is probably now supported, I found it an easy way to brand the software portal that we are about to use for departmental moves and software requests. The end result will look something like the screenshot...

WiseUser | 11 Mar 2008 | 0 comments

Here's an extension to the topic "Installing and Loading Excel Addins with WiseScript" that makes this script even more useful.

We can make the script from that tip more generic so it'll work in any version of Office.

A Small change has to be made to the WiseScript.
Office Version can be found in an HKLM entry under
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\windows\currentversion\app paths\excel.exe
Value Name : Path

Please see the attachment for the script change.

Related article : http://www.symantec.com/connect/article/3607/insta...

CondorMan | 29 Feb 2008 | 5 comments

If you plan on installing Vista Service Pack 1 when it is released (highly recommended), you might want to run the cleanup command afterward.

To do this, open the run dialog (Win-R) and type "vsp1cln.exe" (without quotes) and press enter.

This will remove the ability to uninstall the service pack (so make sure to test everything before running the cleanup), and it will cleanup 1GB worth of data off of your hard drive.