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BRING | 12 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

Task Servers are a great new addition to any CMS environment. They can add an "instant response" feel to nearly any task. Making sure that the remote variety of Task Servers are talking correctly is usually pretty easy. Sometimes, however, they appear greyed-out in the UI, and you just don't know why.

A little SQL statement can give you the data you need to know about their status right away.

This info is found in an Altiris KB article entitled:

Verifying Remote Task Server Registration

Find it at:

and get your Task Servers on the active track.

trb48 | 06 Apr 2007 | 4 comments

Windows Vista is a RAM hog! There is no way around it, unless you drop hundreds of dollars on more RAM! Well, I found an article over at ExtremeTech that may help. It explains different things system Admins can do to speed up Vista. It is definitely worth checking out!

Here is the article: Speed Up Windows Vista

BRING | 25 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

In this day and age, tight security is something we all strive for. As a means to that end, changing the expected lay of the land (using non-standard server ports) is a route some of you are taking to slow down the bad guys. If you've wanted to use these ports in your Altiris client communication, here's the guide.

On the outset, it can seem to be a daunting task. However, a recent article added to the Altiris Knowledge Base can help you get it done.

Titled "Notification Server and Non Standard Ports", this is the step-by-step guide to getting your environment talking a bit more securely.

See KB Article 33867, found at:

eorme | 14 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers v2.0 SP1 when installed on DS 6.8 not only injects Dell specific drivers and services into your default PXE boot images, but also gives you the option of incorporating these tools into any Linux or WinPE PXE boot image you create (DOS doesn't need any modifications).

To begin, open PXE Configuration Utility.

  1. Click "New" and Type in the name for your new environment.
  2. Select your Operating System and Processor Options.
  3. Click "Create Boot Image"
  4. Under the "OEM Extensions" section change the selection from "<none>" to "<default>". If you run into problems with your images not building properly, you may fall back on selecting "Dell".
  5. Continue building the image, and once the image is built and saved you are ready to begin using Dell DTK jobs using...
eorme | 14 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers version 2.0 SP1 has a feature that allows you to integrate any arbitrary driver into a scripted OS install. Using this mechanism is compatible with driver auto detection as well.

Step 1: Download a driver from the Dell Web site for your server. Save it locally to your computer.

Step 2: Go to Tools->Dell Tools->Configuration utility. Go to the OS Deployment Tab, and press "ADD".

You'll notice a section "Add a driver from another source". If the driver you are adding is a mass storage driver, change the "driver type" to "mass storage". Otherwise, leave it as "plug and play".

Note: Only mass storage drivers are "auto-detected" meaning they...

BRING | 23 Jan 2007 | 0 comments

If you've ever looked at the Resource Manager for a computer resource, you will notice a listing for the Network Interface Cards (NICs). One example might be:

NIC 1: IP Address -
NIC 2: IP Address - - The address that NS Uses

What is not very clear is why the IP address for the NIC that the NS talks to, and that I can PING, is NOT listed as the TOP or PRIMARY one?

Shedding Some Light

There is a stored procedure which, when the Resource Manager screen is selected, returns SORTED (this is very important) results.

When it comes to IP Addresses, comes way before This is why, even though it is not the IP address that the NS is communicating on, it appears to be the primary NIC.

For more technical details, see

BRING | 17 Jan 2007 | 1 comment

The $64 Question:
What Notification Server Rollup must be installed for the Patch Validator to run and fix errors correctly?

The Correct Answer:
Notification Server R2 (KB 25133) must be installed for the Patch Management Upgrade Validator to run and fix issues correctly. The Validator tool is used to prepare Patch Management Servers for upgrade from Version 6.1 to 6.2

Mauricem | 02 Jan 2007 | 9 comments

The number of systems supported by the latest version of Dell Client Manager is extremely limited. I noticed when using the OpenManage console that the list of supported model types is only about 43.

The guide says: "Management capabilities for certain older models as well as Dell Inspiron notebooks and Dimension desktops are limited to discovery only."

The only reason I ask is that the older version of OpenManage worked with most of the systems in our environment and I'm surprised that the capabilities of the tool are now so limited.

Does this mean that we can only do tasks like BIOS updates and alert notifications for supported systems? Are there plans to include legacy systems as well? Is there a way to manually extend the system list to other version?


Great questions, Mauricem.

Currently, Dell OpenManage does not support the Inspiron and Dimension line of...

Birger Wilhelmsen | 19 Dec 2006 | 4 comments

Hi all. I apologize if this may seem as a trivial question, but I'm rather new to this, so I'm a bit in the dark. We have Client Management Suite Level 1, and wish to add some information to your computers. We wish to add an internal 'Asset Tag' and a 'Date of purchase'. Is this at all possible, and what would the way to achieve it?

A reference to a manual + section/page would be nice.

Birger Wilhelmsen

The functionality to add/modify data to assets such as asset tags, purchase date, cost center, user, location, warranty and other non-technical information is contained in Altiris Asset Control Solution. The solution is part of the second level of the Service & Asset Management Suite.

Customers that currently own CMS L1 would install the Service & Asset Management Suite to integrate with Inventory Solution and add data fields and relationships that are needed for asset...

keason | 21 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

Hello all,

I am looking to repackage some of my applications. DS 6.5 contains the scaled down SetupCapture and MSI Editor. I would like to know if any one has been successful in using those products. If those were not used what "economical" products have you had success with?