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Ludovic Ferre | 12 Jul 2012 | 3 comments

In case you want to know quick the short answer is no. 

But the long answer is, well, of course you can. But you shouldn't ;-). Why you should not is because the framework makes some changes to the file handling in IIS and causes error with some Linux package that have file with no extensions.

These files are recognised as script and IIS attempts to find a loader for them, but there isn't any, given the files have no extensions. So IIS throws an error explaining that you are trying to access a script file via a static file handler, and it will not allow you to do that.

On a remote client you will see a generic 404 error message, whilst on the server itself you will get the full code 404.17.

Removing the framework 4.0 will resolve these problems, if you are encountering them. So now you know :D.

Pascal KOTTE | 13 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

I just correct the script gived from Gilles, to add the NS server name (to change yours).

Notice: not tested yet this one. Notice also: best to install a data partition, if available, instead a system partition !! :)

You should put, the msi file (from <\\SMPserver\NSCap\bin\Win32\X86\NS Client Installation>) and this script into NETLOGON domain folder, and add a GPO to run it at machine startup.

I would like to test if the system is a server with a data partition, or a workstation a single C drive, to deploy different path according the system type.

@echo off

set MYALTIRISPATH=%programfiles%\Altiris
if exist "%MYALTIRISPATH%\Altiris7agent.log" exit 183

rem remove all plug-in et agent altiris
if exist "%MYALTIRISPATH%\Altiris Agent\AeXNSAgent.exe" start "" /b /wait "%MYALTIRISPATH%\Altiris Agent\aexagentutil.exe" /uninstallagents /clean

rem cleanup Setup folder
if exist "%...
ianatkin | 16 Jan 2012 | 1 comment

I attended a SQL Server user group just before christmas and I found it pretty illuminating. Well worth the trip out. Altiris administrators have to wear many hats, and SQL Server knowledge is more than useful -it's critical for a smooth running Altiris setup.

I strongly advise you join a SQL User group near you. At mine they provided free pizza and we could bring in a beer from the bar downstairs.... Not that this was my primary reason for going of course....

http://sqlserverfaq.com/

You might not of course understand what they are saying,  what they are doing, or even why they are doing it... but in time you might ;-)

And making connections with SQL admins could turn out to be very useful in a time of need. And, I am of course assuming you are already a member of your local Altiris Group... right??!?

Kind Regards,
Ian./

Marcello D'Angelone | 12 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Ghost 12.0.0.4112, shipped with Deployment Solution 7.1 and later, is capable to create / convert to VHD images.

You can convert a ".GHO" file to a ".VHD" file using ghost32.exe, ghost64.exe or the Linux version of ghost.exe.
To convert the file, run ghost with the following command line:

-clone,mode=restore,src=C:\image.gho,dst=V:\image.vhd

Now you can open Hyper-V Manager Snap-in

select New > Virtual Machine...

Open the New Virtual Machine Wizard, click Next

Allocate the amount of memory, click Next

Configure Networking, click Next

Select "Use an existing virtual disk" and Browse to the location where you stored your newly converted .VHD image

Pascal KOTTE | 12 Jan 2012 | 8 comments

How, where to find the latest Architecture, Planning, Implementation and Design Guide for Altiris

There was a time where we were not having any "Architecture" guideline documentation for such complex Altiris framework... Now, we have a lot, and when TECHs are talking about the "Design" doc, they are not always talking about the same. ;-P

I found main 4 below: Please, provide any additional, update you’ll find in there :)

Symantec Management Platform Architecture and Design - Version 1.1 - (all the same doc name display 1.0 :)

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO30370 (last update 2010-07-15) 27 pages

 

Altiris IT Management Suite 7.1 SP2 from Symantec Planning and Implementation Guide

  That is the OFFICIAL one ! 350 pages ! 

http://www.symantec....

Marcello D'Angelone | 11 Jan 2012 | 2 comments

Ghost32.exe and Ghost64.exe build 12.0.0.4112 and onwards, have new Switches to enable Multicast Peer Restore.

Here is the full list:

-MP

Enable Multicast Peer Restore. Use this when cloning from a network location to cause ghost to multicast to peer ghosts started with the same switches. e.g. ghost32 -clone,mode=restore,src=z:\image.gho,dst=1 -mp

-IP={N.N.N.N:P}

Set the multicast ip address and port (default: 224.2.0.3:402).

-SESSION={ID.EN_US}

Set the multicast session ID to N (default: ghost).

-BOUNDIP={N.N.N.N}

Specify the interface for multicasting (default: 0.0.0.0).

-CLIENTS=N

Multicast to N clients (default: unlimited).

-THRESHOLD=N

Set the minimum number of clients needed to multicast...

JKrauseCUSA | 06 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Canon USA has a full time opening for a Senior Client Technologies Analyst at our Lake Success Headquarters. The ideal candidate will be an expert in Altiris Notification Server & Deployment Solution. The position can be viewed at: https://jobs-cusa.icims.com/jobs/3431/job

If you or anyone you know is interested, please reach out to Jennifer Krause at jkrause@cusa.canon.com

ianatkin | 06 Jan 2012 | 1 comment

Been working over the last few days trying to finish up a project for a standalone Altiris imaging wrapper for Linux. The idea is to re-create the basic Windows RDeploy interface in Linux. But with less features... thankfully.....

The requirement is to be able to boot from a USB device and to be instantly thrown into an offline imaging menu where they can either upload an image to the USB device, or download an image from the device to the computer. Mostly there, but as usual (for me) the last 10% of the project takes up the bulk of the time....

Using whiptail to drive the menu, and lots of bash scripting goodness to bring it all together.

Very challenging piece finished today -the disk info screen. Now have the systems disks indexed nicely with partition ennumeration. The images on the source drive listed with sizes.

 

Some handy links...

A tip which...

ianatkin | 20 Dec 2011 | 2 comments

Beta testing on the Symantec Management Platform is a pain. The hardware prerequisite for a responsive console throws the traditional workstation beta testing VMs out into the cold. Whilst they work, it's pretty frustrating beta testing when you're waiting ages for console refreshes.

So.. for this round of beta testing I decided to bite the bullet and get a OCZ RevoDrive for my beta testing virtual machines. The Revodrive 3 240GB capacity is more than enough to house my beta SMP server, domain controller, a site server,  some dhcp routers and a couple of client VMs.

I am not disappointed. HDTune registers drive transfer rates of over 400MB/s and 0.1ms access times. Even within a VMWare workstation VM, the times are sweet. When benchmarking within a VM, the most notable change is in the access time. Initial tests show this ballooning to over 0.7ms, but in context this is still 20-30 times faster than my harddisk!

My Windows 2008 R2 server VM...

Vaibhav Sharma | 02 Dec 2011 | 1 comment

When any new driver/s are added to Deploy Anywhere/Preboot Driver Database Manager; being these special packages with dynamic data, it takes 8-10 hours to replicate these to existing Site Server under corresponding folder if if added single driver.

This creates following issues:

  1. During DA process of Imaging or SOI; user will not get correct drivers added to its computer working under a particular Site Server
  2. During Preboot creation; user will not find the appropriate drivers inside image which are getting created at Site Server before driver replication

So once the drives are added at NS; following is the method to achieve such driver replication immediately/on demand:

Go to SM Console > Settings > All Settings > Deployment and Migration > Drivers > [{Click on the package type for which drivers are added} (Say Drivers) > on Package Tab {Click Update Distribution Points} [Below is the image to present the same]...