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ohzone - CherylPeterson | 18 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

The Symantec Vision 2011 clock is counting down fast, and May will be here before you know it. Here are a few new tips and suggestions for making the very most of the conference in Las Vegas:

  • Be sure to plan your week at Vision. The online Session Scheduler is ready and available for all registered Vision attendees, but anyone can check out the Session Catalog to review what is being offered. Popular sessions fill up quickly, so sign up for the technical tracks, sessions, and hands-on labs while openings are still available. You're free to make changes to your schedule anytime, so reserve your spot in the sessions you want most, knowing you can update your agenda, as...
Ludovic Ferre | 14 Mar 2011 | 3 comments

It does exist, and it's not really that hard to implement in 6.0.

This is called... a Linux Package Server.

Yep. I'm not writing this just because I'm a Linux user but because it simply worked so nicely and fast that it's (for a normal Windows Package Server user) unbelievable.

So, let's go back in time a little. I worked with engineering on the package info problem for a large customer of mine, with many PS falling out of synch issue (hence I mumbled about the getpackageinfo interface many a time before [1]).

Whilst I was testing the root causes of the problem on Windows I decided to test a Linux package server on a Sunday morning. This was after I had started a fresh test, clearing the package.xml and snapshot.xml from a Windows Package Server with ~1,500 packages. The Windows PS did not have so much work to do, but it was still laborious due to the PackageCodebase Cache crawl (I didn't explain this before, but suffice to say...

Ludovic Ferre | 07 Mar 2011 | 12 comments

A new week, or a brand new world for all of us using or working with Endpoint Management.

ITMS 7.1 is released on SolutionSam.

Here are the usual pl.xml data for this, oh so important, release:

  • MD5 Hash = c71a6b5af6e846ef2be3ada6ba0ddca3
  • FileSize = 36,346,208 (35MiB)
  • Modified Date = 2011-03-06 10:04

So much has changed on this release that the diff (standard, not even a unified version) is 45 MiB.

Now time to scrape the beta from my 2008 64-bit R2 server to install the real thing.

scott.hall | 18 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

What should be running on a linux server with monitor agent installed 

  • This is all determined by running 'ps -ef|grep aex|grep -v grep' from the command line
  • aex-pluginmanager.bin -D
  • aex-pluginmanager.bin -F -nm -nc
  • aex-metricprovider.bin
  • aex-logupload.bin
  • aex-appdetector.bin


All processes appear to be in memory and active, but no metrics are available in 'real time'

  1. Determine whether the server has policies applied to it in the Resource Manager.
    • This obviously will cause it to have no metrics to return.
  2. Check the /opt/altiris/notification/monitor/etc/Config.xml
    1. Is the Config.xml empty, meaning it only has two lines, the second one being 'config/'
      • This could be a glitch that I've seen in SP3 and SP5.
        • If it's got policies applied to it, stop the AltirisSM service, delete the Config.... | 16 Feb 2011 | 0 comments
Altiris Asset Management Consultant
Lake Success, Long Island
6 months
Please send resumes to Efrain Sarmiento at

The engineer hired for this position will be responsible for implementation and support of PGP Encryption product suite, including Whole Disk Encryption, in an enterprise environment with technical knowledge of enterprise software deployment and support methodologies. This position requires an excellent knowledge of the Symantec Altiris product suite including Software Deployment, Application Metering, and Patch Management. Candidates must also posess thorough understanding of the Windows OS meta structure, including Windows Login GINA. Tasks: -Manage PGP Universal encryption infrastructure supporting Whole Disk...

Ludovic Ferre | 07 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

A new pl.xml file was released yesterday. Here are the details:

 Modified date:  2011-02-04 20:57
 Size:   29236534 bytes (27.9 MiB)
 MD5 hash:  d2fe1209bdcfa6ddbd743e77e5833663
 Description:  Additional changes for Etrack 2231852

Some interesting changes in this release (not exhaustive):

  • "Data Loss Prevention Integration Component" was removed from the xml
  • "Symantec Administrator SDK" now has 3 additional components:
    • "Symantec ASDK NS Server x64"
    • "Symantec ASDK Task Server x64"
    • "Symantec ASDK SoftwareDelivery Full Server x64"
  • Products updated with plArchitecture="x86, x64" (x64 added):
    • "Altiris Event Console Language Support SP4"
    • ...
Ludovic Ferre | 26 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

I have completed build 0.3.9 faster than I expected, but only because I didn't need to add to many features to it.

However what's in there is quite important and will be a stepping stone for future releases.

So what's in it? Just a small section of code (114 lines, 385 words 1886 characters for 5 functions) that returns the top 20 entries from the string cache (both guid entries and ip addresses.

Here's a sample output from running aila-linux-x64-0.3.9 on a small payload (a 50,000 lines log file):

ludovic@ub-x64:~/PROD_003/SW-SRC/altiris-ns-tooling/aila$ ./aila -f t5 -n0
Current line #: 40000
Program read 6358605 bytes from 50000 lines 


Mime type results:
	File type= asp  , page hits=   46495
	File type= aspx , page hits=    1882
	File type= asmx , page hits=     451
	File type= other, page hits=    1168

Altiris Agent requests results:
	Agent request= Get Policies, page hits=    1245
	Agent request= Get...
Ludovic Ferre | 22 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

I went a little silent this year on the work I am doing in this season Winter of Code, but I am not giving up far from it.

Today I bumped the current build version of aila from 0.3.6 to 0.3.9 which I am working on.

0.3.7 introduced data storage of the log file requests. This means the parsed data is not lost once we read the next line but kept for later retrieval in memory. The data structure was crafted (last year) to have minimal memory impact last year, so we can load clause to a million lines on just about 50MiB.

0.3.8 introduced the mechanism needed to safely retrieve the data from the in-memory store and a dump function to output the data in a text format to the console. This way I could test that data was stored and retrieve without any issue on files ranging from 10 to 960,000 lines (real payload from my customer).

0.3.9 is fresh and still untouched, as this is where I...

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 22 Dec 2010 | 2 comments

You've searched the Forums looking for discussions that might answer the issues that plague you. Here is a list of the most visited forum discussions over the past year, maybe there's one here that you've overlooked...

25 Most Viewed Forum Discussions for 2010

  1. Windows 7 and Ghost
  2. Bootable USB Flash Drive
  3. Dell Latitude E6410 issues booting into Ghost
  4. Altiris DS & Windows 7
  5. Dell Latitude E6510 with Intel 82577LM NIC not working
  6. Windows 7 + Ghost not working
  7. ...
ohzone - CherylPeterson | 21 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

We aren't Neflix but we have some informative videos you may find helpful. Here is a list of the 25 videos that have received the most page views in 2010.

25 Most Viewed Videos for 2010

  1. Installation and Configuration of Wise Package Studio 8 on Windows 2003 Server
  2. Overview of ITMS 7.1 Updated Console Views
  3. Capturing network communication packets with Wireshark Utility
  4. Adding VISTA driver (NIC) to Windows PE in Ghost Solution Suite 2.5.1
  5. ...