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Ludovic Ferre | 10 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

I was on a Webex with a customer a few week ago because they had a serious issue with the SMP console being very slow.

It's one of my customer, so I was a little surprised given we implemented quite a few fixes. Anyhow, we double check and we could see that the Application Pool was correctly split, and the Task Server workload was nicely off the SMP.

I opened the task manager. It showed the Altiris-NS-Agent w3wp process running at a high CPU

A glance at the Altiris Log Viewer showed the poor thing almost all red (bleeding to death???).

A quick inspection on the error all pointed to the Client Policy request and problems with patch management (SqlDeadlock and exceptions). So I asked the customer (and their partner who was on-site) if they had changed the patch management or if they were doing something.

As it happened they were running the PMImport after having removing unnecessary languages and platforms. As I remembered from past .Net...

Ludovic Ferre | 21 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

This evening I was asked whether I would recommand disabling IIS log file to make sure the SMP console runs as fast as possible.

My answer was (and remains) a big NO. Do _not_ disable IIS logging. It contains a lot of good information on it (that I am a big consumer of, but the value is there to anyone).

So, first lets dispell this nonsense about improving performances.

IIS logging is done on the http.sys driver, so it run in the Windows Kernel. You can verify this using procexp as per the image below. This means logging requests once they are completed (as this is when it) does not cost any context switching (as it would if it was in living user space). Besides, each entry is normal less than 1024 bytes, which means the "cost" of logging entries is fractional: push the information already held in memory to disk.

If you compare the cost of doing this tiny little task with what happens in user mode in the w3wp.exe (handling the request in ISAPI...

Ludovic Ferre | 12 Oct 2012 | 2 comments

A customer of mine reported a problem editing Security Accounts and associating credentials with account, or account to roles.

I had a look at the customer SMP logs and found that it was full of SqlExceptions.

We had a remote session on this today and found that the problem comes from SQL right for the account, which are not sysadmin on the SQL Server and could not read data in sys.syslockinfo, and this caused any call to spResourceAssociationsLoadData to fail.

Granting read on the sys.syslockinfo resolves the issue.

With that said, good week-end Connect!

hugo_parra | 09 Oct 2012 | 3 comments

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Pascal KOTTE | 03 Oct 2012 | 4 comments

Did you already angry because not able to export or copy/paste (text) the content of a filter ? As we were able with NS6 crying

With a report, we still are not able to copy/paste directly into Excel no It is one our feature request to Symantec enlightened thanks to vote those:

ianatkin | 20 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

It's just been brought to my attention that Brian Madden yesterday posted this very interesting blog,

http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/brianmadden/archive/2012/09/19/here-s-how-symantec-can-dominate-the-quot-new-quot-desktop-fingers-crossed-they-don-t-screw-it-up-again.aspx

Interesting to see how others on the outside see the Symantec's plays in desktop management space. 

jasonfo | 18 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

If you have ever needed to create a report but dont know what table you are looking for this might help you out. In my case I had to find something that had the "Publisher".

 To look for columns in view...

USE
Symantec_CMDB
SELECT
V.name AS View_name,
SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) AS schema_name,
c.name AS column_name
FROM sys.views AS v
INNER JOIN sys.columns c ON v.OBJECT_ID = c.OBJECT_ID
WHERE c.name LIKE '%Publisher%'
ORDER BY schema_name, View_name;

To look for columns in tables...

USE
Symantec_CMDB
SELECT t.name AS table_name,
SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) AS schema_name,
c.name AS column_name
FROM sys.tables AS t
INNER JOIN sys.columns c ON t.OBJECT_ID...

ianatkin | 21 Aug 2012 | 8 comments

Just spent the last few days trying to figure out why my Dell Latitude E6430 wasn't responding on the Super-Speed USB ports in Windows XP. It came in with BIOS rev A02 and defied valiant attemtps to get a response in Windows from these ports. USB mice, Keyboards and Flash drives all failed to get a response from the port.

After a support call with Dell, I upgraded to A03 (although no release notes on the A03 update to say what this update resolves). Still no joy. Left it alone for three days and this morning plugged in a USB Flash drive.And magically it all worked. Hmm.... perhaps I didn't reboot enough after upgrading to A03??

So I got hold of the A02 BIOS and downgraded. USB ports still fine. WHAT?!?!? Nothing I can do now can return the machine to it's previous state of buggered USB 3.

Go figure huh? Time to blame it all on comic rays and move on. The alternative is of course to accept that I'm going mad. Naturally, that I...

ianatkin | 08 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

As I keep forgetting where the Dell driver cabs are, I thought that I should document it somewhere.... ;-)

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/enterprise-client/w/wiki/2065.dell-driver-cab-files-for-enterprise-client-os-deployment.aspx

For those of you out there that download drivers by going through the Dell support website, you'll find these CABs a dream. All the drivers for your model in one place. I generally just do an inf search through the folder structure, looking for the Device ID I need.

Ludovic Ferre | 28 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

This week I had a remote session to help a customer troubleshoot SQL Connectigvity issues. This was a ressurgence of an hold issue, namely the Client Message Dispatcher service would throw regular errors indicating that the Sql Connection is not available or was closed.

The customer had migrated from a local SQL instance to a remote SQL Server (which had multiple benefits, including the switch to a 64-bit platform there) and the problem was apparantly resolved. However it came back this week, so we took a fresh look at it.

First we needed to instrument the Client Message Dispatcher, to acertain whether the issue was really impacting or not. If you are a regular reader of my blog post you will know what my standard answer to these kind of issues is: Altiris Profiler.

Only that the profiler would throw an exception on invokation, of type Cryptographic ... We solved that one issue thanks to Google and the Symantec KB, by simply crafting a new Sql Connection string...