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duijsterj | 25 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

Heads up application packagers. Microsoft has made some changes to how Windows Vista interacts with access control lists. Here's a thorough article from Microsoft's technet that'll help you sort through (and understand) the changes.

Here's an excerpt:

The fundamental structure of access control lists (ACLs) has not changed much for Windows Vista, but there are a number of small yet important changes you need to be aware of. Some changes were necessary because in Windows® XP, ACLs played a part in several problems. First, most Windows XP users run as administrator. That is, they use an account that is a member of the built-in Administrators group. For home users, this is a virtual certainty because all accounts added during setup become administrators. Therefore any programs such users execute will also execute with administrative privileges, giving them unfettered access to the operating system. Of course, this is especially problematic if those...

Harsh Mokal | 18 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

MSI Readiness Analyzer for Windows Vista is a free standalone utility for IT professionals which analyzes MSI application installers and highlights methods to prepare them for Windows Vista. MSI Readiness Analyzer shows where application installers can take advantage of new technology in Vista, and also where problems might occur.

For more information and to download this tool please access


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



Joel Smith | 15 May 2007 | 3 comments

Having issues with the AMTConfig service and don't mind reading debug logs, or you need to escalate an issue to Intel or Altiris? The following process can capture debug logging for the AMTConfig service.

Here's how to enable logging for the Intel SCS Service (AMTConfig) in conjunction with Out of Band Management Solution and Provisioning.

Debug logging of the SCS service and the SOAP API web service components is turned off by default, which means that the log files (scs_win_server.log, scs_server.log) will not be created.

Turn on Debug Log

Create the following registry key on the service's machine:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\AMTConfServer\Log\LogLevel – Optional values 'V' for verbose, 'W' for warnings and errors, 'E' for only errors.

If the above registry key is not created then the debug insertion is turned off.

Set the Log File Name

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\AMTConfServer\LogFile – full path of...
Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

Another chapter of the Altiris-sponsored eBook, "The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration" is now available for download.

This key chapter focuses on infrastructure preparation and security configuration. Get the download details here.

You can download Chapter 5 here.

Chapter 5: Excerpt

The entire group will be under the supervision of the logical architect or technical lead. In addition, this group must be integrated to the team as a whole as they will need to communicate with their PC counterparts in order to properly discover the expected changes on the network. As such, this group will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Gathering inventories in support of the initial situation analysis
    • Deploying...
Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

Are you ready for Windows Vista migration? Make the smart move and migrate with Altiris!

Altiris invites you to attend a no-cost, half-day Windows Vista migration seminar, coming soon to a city near you.

Migrating to Windows Vista is not a question of when, but how. Whether you plan to deploy Vista as a mass migration project or gradually as new PCs are deployed, OS migration can be intimidating for any IT manager. But with Altiris, you can easily manage the mysteries of Vista migration.

At the seminar, our migration experts will explain how to conquer your migration fears with an automated migration plan rooted in best practices and an integrated solution that will help you

  • Reduce time to migrate
  • Diminish end-user downtime
  • Lower overall IT effort
  • Implement enterprise-wide system standardization...
trb48 | 17 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

There are thousands of settings that system admins need to set to create a good image. I ran across a resource that simply explains some Vista system settings that all admins should take into account while building an image.

Here is the link:
Vista Tips, Microsoft Windows Vista Guide

Screenbert | 11 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

The article on "Building a Standard Vista Image" said that "comparing the advantages and disadvantages of WIM versus traditional imaging formats is beyond the scope of this document". So here is a rundown of the major features of Ximage (WIM) vs. Rdeploy.

Feature Rdeploy Ximage (WIM)
Supported Preboot Environments WinPE, Linux, DOS WinPE only
Multicasting Yes No
Can create partitions as needed Yes No
Heterogeneous Yes (FAT, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3) No (Windows Only)
File-based Yes Yes
Executable images Yes No
Sector-based Yes No
Offline Editing Yes...
trb48 | 09 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

Windows Vista marked a brand new way to approach imaging. This brand new OS has caused all of us to re-learn our way around administering computers. Luckily, Microsoft has released a ton of resources to help us all figure out how to tackle this new IT challenge. Below is a list of Vista resources you cannot do without:

Admin | 02 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

This podcast supports the Altiris-sponsored The Definitive Guide® to Vista Migration eBook. Plug in to get answers to the following questions:

- How to understand the needs of your technical teams
- How to design systems that ensures your teams will properly graduate testing from one level to another
- How to make the most of virtual technologies when building the migration lab

Podcast 3: Build the Perfect Migration Lab, by Danielle and Nelson Ruest, is available here.