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trb48 | 22 Jun 2007 | 4 comments

I really wanted a way to silently install Altiris Agent on my computers. So, I hunted around until I found out how. The Notification Server 6.0 SP3 Reference (check out pages 15 & 16 for all of the details) explains how to do this. Here is the script that I used to finally get it to work:

ECHO Installing Altiris Agent
aexnsc.exe -s -a ns="ServerName" NOSTARTMENU NOTRAYICON /s /NOADDREMOVE

To find out what all of the tags do, please see the above mentioned documentation.

To find the "aexnsc.exe" file, go to the following location: "C:\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap\Bin\Win32\X86\NS Client Package" on your Notification Server.

snowjgj | 21 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

A common problem people notice when building reports with the simple report builder using the asset type of "Computer" is that virtual machines do not show up in the results of the report. Here's a way to work around that problem.

Some Background Info

Inventory Solution 6.1 SP 1 introduced the Virtual Machine classification of machines. This means that any virtual machine that was previously displayed as a "Computer" will instead show as the new "Virtual Machine" classification of device.

When a user creates a new report using the simple report builder and clicks the finish button, the followinn piece of SQL code is appended to the query generated:

[ResourceTypeGuid]  = '493435f7-3b17-4c4c-b07f-c23e7ab7781f'

The "where" exists if no other criteria have been defined otherwise "and" will be in its...

marco.baars-123 | 18 Jun 2007 | 1 comment

I use this small utility very often and thought it might be helpful to you all. It can be used as a replacement for add/remove programs and gives you some additional information. A very helpful feature is the uninstall string of an application. Just right-click on an app, ask the properties and copy the full string.

You can download it here:

Tip: Be sure to check out the other utilities on this website.

trb48 | 17 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

It seems if you dig deep enough you can tweak just about any part of Windows. (Useful if you're working to create a custom image for deployment). The problem is that most of those tweaks occur in the registry. That is a good thing, but who has the time to scour thousands of keys to find the solution to a problem?

I found the answer. I bumped into a post on MSFN that answered all of my questions. One of the contributors made a little package that contains tons and tons of registry tweaks. I was able to find some tweaks that are going to make their way into my image ASAP. Here is the link:

RegTweaks Collection v0.4

jessedo | 11 Jun 2007 | 1 comment

When we first installed the Altiris Helpdesk solution we created a number of notifications to help enforce SLAs. Though this is a very useful feature of the helpdesk system, it makes for a lot of messages in your inbox every Monday.

We started looking for a way to limit the policies only to run on certain days of the week, but the shared schedules in the notification server don't allow for running on only specified days of the week. Instead, we solved the problem by making a simple modification to the WHERE clause in the SQL that controls the notification.


If you haven't modified the SQL in these policies before here is a quick rundown of how to do it.

  1. Navigate to the notification policy you want to edit.
  2. Click 'Edit...
Screenbert | 05 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

Altiris has released Version 1.4 of the ASDK. It's available for download from . The link for the release notes is still linking to the release note for version 1.3. The correct KB article is KB34156.

The most interested changes are that they have added the Patch Management Library (Hurray!), added a 4th layer of interaction (using task manager) and the Altiris.ASDK.SWD.SoftwareManagementBasic library has been deprecated.

Enjoy and remember that you must remove prior versions before installing the new version. Also your old scripts and apps will not work if they use the SoftwareManagementBasic Library.

timonokinawa | 05 Jun 2007 | 2 comments

I create many jobs in Deployment Solution and am often asked to export and share those jobs containing many tasks. Those who know me know that scripting an install or other action is my passion. Here's a tip to help you write useful and sharable DS jobs.

When creating a run script task, the first line of the task should be a remark (REM) followed by your description on the same line.

Here's a sample:

REM This task Changes the current working directory
cd c:\windows

This will populate the details column for your task inside a job. The details column is otherwise left blank and not available as an option during the creation process.

I then use the job description to annotate a KB or or any other particulars such as -- but not limited to -- application version.

tech9 | 05 Jun 2007 | 6 comments

This tool is not only helpful for scanning/finding all IP addresses/hostnames on a LAN, but it is also useful for finding MAC addresses when creating predefined Computers within the Altiris DS Console.

Joel Smith | 05 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

The Intel vPro Manageability Toolkit requires a large number of prerequisites and installs to properly complete the full install. It is recommended to use the Solution Center if possible so that all prerequisites are automatically installed. This can be done by browsing to the 'Install/Upgrade Additional Solutions' node, under the 'Available Solutions' tab, under 'Segments', and 'Partner Solutions'.

However this isn't always feasible. If so, the following list provides the list of items to be installed, and in what order they should be installed in.

Here are the products, in order, found at

Name -- Filename on

  1. Altiris Notification Server with SP3 -- Altiris_NS_6_0.exe
  2. Altiris Notification Server R5 -- Altiris_NS_6_0_SP3_KB31946.exe
  3. Altiris Notification Server Documentation -- Altiris_DocNS_6_0.exe
  4. Altiris Console 6.5 -- Altiris_Console_6_5.exe...
SK | 04 Jun 2007 | 2 comments

When the Global Assembly Catalog (GAC) is viewed with Windows Explorer, only part of it is exposed, as most of it is hidden (protected) by the Operating System. How can Windows Explorer access these other areas?

Either create the following registry DWORD file and then merge it with your registry, or simply create the DWORD directly in your registry.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00