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WiseUser | 04 Sep 2007 | 0 comments

On Windows Installer 2.0 and later, you can prevent confidential information, for example passwords, from being entered into the log file and made visible. Read on to learn how.

  1. You can prevent the Installer from writing the property that is associated with an Edit Control into the log by setting the Password Control Attribute.
  2. You can prevent the Installer from writing a property into the log by including the property in the MsiHiddenProperties property.
  3. The Installer does not write information entered on a command line into the log unless the Debug system policy is set. To write command lines to the log, set the Debug system policy to a value of 7. This does not display properties included in the MsiHiddenProperties property or associated with an Edit Control that has the Password Control Attribute.
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WiseUser | 31 Aug 2007 | 1 comment

Shortcuts not created (or 1909 error)?

Note that if a non-advertised shortcut doesn't get created at all (no message) or you get a runtime error "1909" it is possible that the "Target" parameter of the Shortcut was invalid (ensure you supplied the full path to it).

cnpalmer75 | 28 Aug 2007 | 5 comments

Here is a what the command prompt in Windows should be like.

This cool app allows for multiple shells to run within a single window, different shells to run at the same time (CMD & Powershell right next to each other!) and a few other cool eye-candy effects.

I know I find myself going back to my roots all the time and jumping to a command prompt to get the job done, with this tool I can keep multiple shells on and popping without cluttering my taskbar or my screen real estate.

The linky is here...

*Note: Get the latest BETA version, it's stable and the older 1.5 version does not offer tab support etc.

riva11 | 28 Aug 2007 | 0 comments

Qui viene mostrato come il prompt dei comandi Windows dovrebbe essere.

Questa utility interessante consente di eseguire delle shell multiple all'interno di una unica finestra , shell diverse che sono contemporaneamente eseguite allo stesso tempo (CMD e Powershell sono usate una a fianco all'altra!) e altri effetti visivi veramente interessanti.

Capisco che questo è come ritornare alle mie origini ma durante la mia attività uso spesso saltare al prompt dei comandi per concludere dei lavori, con questo tool posso mantenere delle shell multiple allo stesso tempo senza saltare da una finestra all'altra usando la taskbar.

Il link è disponibile a questo indirizzo ...

*Nota: Prendete l'ultima versione in BETA version, è stabile e la vecchia versione 1.5 version non è fornito del supporto Tab , ecc...

PeeGee | 24 Aug 2007 | 12 comments

When working with the Helpdesk Console, it's very handy to have warranty information about the selected asset available at a snap.

For evironments with Dell Computers that use Inventory Solution and Helpdesk Solution, there is an easy way to accomplish this.

Dell's online support offers the possibility to look up warranty information for any Dell System by entering the system's serial number/support tag.

Once this information has been collected via Inventory Solution, it is automatically passed to the Helpdesk Solution asset database.

From Helpdesk, a Smart Task can be used to call the Dell support page and pass the asset's serial number automatically to the page, which will display the warranty information for the particular system.

  • In the Helpdesk Console go to: Admin > Import Admin Data.
  • Copy...
cnpalmer75 | 21 Aug 2007 | 0 comments

The previous post about the RS Tools provided a great run down on what's included in the tool set.

Here is a decent KB article that describes the RS Diag tools in fairly good detail and then how to get the collected data back into the hands of the gurus over in Estonia (that's where all your calls are directed if you need RS assistance) You don't even have to press 1 for English!

WiseUser | 21 Aug 2007 | 3 comments

The SelfReg table contains information about modules that need to be self registered. The installer calls the DllRegisterServer function during installation of the module; it calls DllUnregisterServer during uninstallation of the module. The installer does not self register EXE files.

If you're thinking of using the SelfReg table in the Installer Database, here are a few reasons to rethink your strategy.

  1. Rollback of an installation with self-registered modules cannot be safely done using DllUnregisterServer because there is no way of telling if the self-registered keys are used by another feature or application.
  2. The ability to use advertisement is reduced if Class or extension server registration is performed within self-registration routines.
  3. The installer automatically handles HKCR keys in the registry tables...
R-Vijay | 09 Aug 2007 | 0 comments

Wise Package Studio's SetupCapture application has a number of configuration options which can affect the quality of the resultant package. I will discuss them here by the option description.

(I have collected some info regarding the importance of the Setup Capture Phenomenon. I do understand that many of you are aware of these, but still I wanted to share the info with you all. Just consider this a brush up, if you're already in-the-know.)

Include files deleted during capture and Include registry keys deleted during capture: Unless you are trying to capture an upgrade/patch, you probably don't want to use these options

Capture changes in hardware registry entries: In reality, this means most of the data in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM key (which includes services and...

cnpalmer75 | 09 Aug 2007 | 0 comments

The AMS & CMS suites are probably the two most widely used combination of products available from Altiris. Once you've been working with them for a while, there comes a time in every boy's life where he needs to start looking under the hood.... Now I'm not talking about the whole birds & the bees thing. You're at the wrong website if you're looking for that information. I'm talking about how AMS & CMS all tie together on the back-end. This article is extremely helpful in painting that picture for you.

It represents each solution and shows the associated & related tables for each. The only drawback here is that the relationship between the tables is not depicted and that is because the Altiris DB is not a true relational DB, its more of a collection of tables that relies on the front-end console & interface to tie them all together. Either way, this is a very good reference when trying to figure out where to pull data from when writing reports. So take...

cnpalmer75 | 17 Jul 2007 | 3 comments

Who hasn't heard of PSTools??? Well then crawl out from under that rock, outta that hole or outta your parents' basement just for a minute. Here's a great GUI front end to the ever popular command line toolset.

The GUI can be found here:

Editor's Note: If you haven't heard of PSTools (like me) you can learn more here.