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WiseUser | 13 Sep 2007 | 5 comments

Here's the scenerio: You have a system file that needs to be installed to the System32 folder. And, you have several HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry keys containing configuration information.

This causes problems since the installation writes a file to the System32 folder, which is locked down for non-administrator users. Read on for the solution.

Here are your options:

  • Require an administrator to install the application. While this places the file in the System32 folder, the registry keys install with the administrator's profile rather than the end users.
  • Split the install into a per-machine and per-user installation. This creates two installations to track and requires the administrator to run each per-machine installation and each user to run the per-user installation.
  • Create one installation that...
SK | 11 Jul 2007 | 1 comment

You all probably know that the AeXConfig.exe utility is used to run the database installation and removal side of our [Altiris] product installs, but did you also know that it can be used to install licenses, change the AppId, etc?

Here's the tool's full syntax. Knowing this is the first step to AeXConfig nirvana:

[/svcid user:<user name> password:<password>]  Sets the Application Identity
[/db dbserver:<server name> dbname:<database name> dbusername:<db user name> dbpassword:<db user password> dbtimeout:<db timeout>]  Database credentials
[/configure <Path to product installation xml file>]  Configure the database side of a product install
[/unconfigure <Product installation GUID> [/deleteitems] ]  Remove products database objects
[/installlicense <Path to license file>]  Installs licenses
[/validate <ProductInstallationConfigFile>]  Validate a product install
[/launchinstallwizard]  Opens http...
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:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/myuninst.html

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

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 http://www.solutionsam.com/solutions/6_0/:

Name -- Filename on solutionsam.com

  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...
trb48 | 05 Apr 2007 | 4 comments

I am really excited about Vista, but I want to be able to run certain apps (mostly games) on XP. Well, I found a sweet article on Lifehacker that shows us how to do both!

This is a good option for Admins. If you set this up on your master computer, and then you can take an image of that computer. This allows the best of both XP and Vista!

Here is the article:
Dual boot Windows XP on a pre-installed Vista PC

GarethStewart | 02 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

The common practice inside most enterprise environments that I've seen are to create one large MSI for any size application. Here's an easy way to make those packages install faster.

If you compile your applications with the "Cabs Outside" option, your packages will install 50% quicker compared to "Cabs Inside".

To do this for all packages, just go into the Windows Installer Editor template you're using and go to Media and change the option to "Cabs Outside".

stebro | 27 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

Release versions for Endpoint Security Solution are as follows.

6.0 GA - 243
Hot Fix 1 - 244
Hot Fix 2 - 244
6.0 Service Pack 1 – 357

Versions will appear in the Solutions Center as well as the Altiris Agent details. The major version will appear as 6.0 in the solutions center, but 3.2 in the Altiris agent.

For example, 6.0 GA will appear as 6.0.243 in the Solutions Center and 3.2.243 in the Altiris Agent details.

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:
http://kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=33867&p=3...

Annette Klomparens | 20 Mar 2007 | 1 comment

The User Interface script (Located in the MSI script of the Windows Installer Editor) is skipped when you remove an installation by selecting the Remove button in Add/Remove Programs. However, executing the .MSI directly to uninstall the installation does run through a User Interface during uninstall.

If you are seeing different behavior when you run the uninstall through Add/remove Programs than when you execute the .MSI directly, you should check the User Interface script for custom actions that have not been conditionalized.

BRING | 02 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Have you ever been working so hard in your CMS environment that you inadvertently highlight and (heaven forbid) delete a dataclass that you need? Then this tip's for you, bud.

Whether you've lost a custom dataclass, or even worse, an NS Core dataclass, life becomes pretty frustrating. How do you recover from that mistake, and is data lost?

The answers are fairly simple.

The first thing to remember is the data is more than likely okay. Some item references may be need to be recreated.

In the case of Custom Data Classes, an NSE file can regenerate that info. See the Altiris Knowledge base Article 28243 found at kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=28243&p=3 for the details.

In the case of NS Core data classes, the solution is a...