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Randall Newnham | 11 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Preface:
Ghost was not designed to work with solid state drives. The recommendations below may or may not work in a given environment, though they have been tested and verified on at least some machines. Please not that before trying this in a production environment, you should try this in a test environment so as to not risk data loss.

Officially, Ghost does not support solid state drives. I have verified that these steps worked on Dell Latitude E4200 machines:

1. Take the image with these command line switches:

-FNI -FFX -NOIDE -NOUSB

2. Restore the image with these command line switches:

-FNI -FFX -NOIDE -NOUSB -NTEXACT

This  has been verified to work. This has only been tested with the same model of machine, so it is not expected that this would work to deploy to different models. I would expect that you could restore a solid state image to an IDE/SATA drive,but not the other way around. Assuming this is...

KSchroeder | 20 Oct 2009 | 6 comments

FYI all...our testing so far with the Outlook 2007 patch this month (MS09-060) shows that it is introducing some of the improvements made in Office 2007 SP2 and several previously-released Outlook 2007 hotfixes (specifically KB969907).  Basically after installing and restarting Outlook or the machine, the first launch of Outlook will run a process which reindexes or otherwise optimizes your PSTs.  The message box is shown in the KB link to 969907.  Depending on the size/fragmentation of the PST, it can take a substantial amount of time (30+ minutes) for this to complete, and your users may wonder what is going on.

This patch has also broken an Outlook add-in we use (Cisco MeetingPlace), which we still don't have a working solution for. 

Remember...test, test, test!

Terry Cutler | 18 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

Looking to confirm what I'm experiencing.

In working with Altiris 7 (Symantec Management Platform) - I upgraded to SP2 which was released in recent weeks.   This included the hotfix (SP2 HF1) released within the past week.
 

In my environment, I’m running the following versions:
  • Symantec Platform Solutions (SIM) 7.0.420
  • Symantec Management Platform 7.0.5202
  • Altiris Client Management Suite 7.0.9
  • Altiris Client Management Suite Portal Page 7.0.1037
  • Altiris Pluggable Protocol Architecture  7.0.6455
  • Altiris Real-Time System Manager 7.0.1299
  • Altiris Real-Time Console Infrastructure 7.0.1299
  • Altiris Out-of-Band Management 7.0.1213 

The default computer collection is empty after the upgrade  (select "Manage" followed by "Computers").   The computer objects are still in the database and can be accessed via...

telegon | 14 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

Yes, even I'm no longer calling it NS7.

So I'm setting up the devlab with 7, and yes - I'm very fascinated by the amount of OOB support for both Dell and HP - both will make my life much easier.  However, my IT management staff will freak if I show them a console branded Dell.

If you install the Dell Management Console while you bring 7 up, you'll likely be greeted with a Dell Management Console after installation.

Why HP doesn't brand, or why we don't have an option to choose the branding is fodder for some late night discussions at Vision in Vegas next year.  You're going right?  You know this economic slowdown thing is almost over, right?  I expect to see all of you there.

In the meantime, as you're setting up your POC, or moving to 7 to satisfy your inner techie voices, here's a SQL script to revert your Symantec Management Console back to it's Symantec-y self.

Run it in Query Analyzer, and make sure you...

R-Vijay | 14 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

This is just a Heads-up..!!

Hey Folks, I am writing a series of posts on Windows Installer FAQs. Do let me know your thoughts and feedback.
http://www.msigeek.com/615/windows-installer-faq-part-4

Also, it.. would be great, if you write questions tooo..!!

Cheers'
Vj

SandyF | 25 Jun 2009 | 2 comments

In the July 25th, 2009 CompTIA SmartBrief newsletter [comptia@smartbrief.com]was the following blub:

       Data centers the next target for RFID
       RFID technology is seen by many in the financial services industry as a solution
       for Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory compliance, allowing firms to accurately and easily
       keep tabs on assets, and a group called the Financial Services Tech Consortium 
        has been assembled to develop standards for RFID-based IT asset tracking. 
        According to the group, the technology has helped Bank of America trim its time
        spent on inventory by 90%, followed by Wells Fargo and Chase at about 78% each. 
 ...

Randall Newnham | 08 Jun 2009 | 0 comments

Some machines using Intel's ICH9 and ICH10 SATA Controllers, such as Dell Optiplex 755 and 760 machines, have been seen to not work with the storage controller drivers in the Ghost database. The error encountered is typically "To virtual partition: failed. Drivers could not be found in the PreOS for the following devices...", and it names the Intel SATA controller. Importing this driver into Ghost should prevent these errors. Here is the link to the download at Intel's site:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?a... Vista*&lang=eng 

Once that is downloaded, the file will meed to be extracted from the self-installing archive. To do this, copy it...

rpoag | 02 Jun 2009 | 6 comments

I created a custom inventory in CMS 7 using powershell and it would not submit data for some reason.   I spoke with support and they said that powershell 1.0 does not support variant types and so cannot be used for custom inventory purposes.  Powershell 2.0 will support variant types but for now vbscript is the only option available.  Just a heads up.

Terry Cutler | 22 May 2009 | 0 comments

This blog entry is primarily for those who are looking to acquiring a VeriSign certificate for vPro remote configuration. If you've already acquired and are using the certificate, VeriSign will likely be calling you with an update.

On May 17th, VeriSign transitioned to a new root certificate for G1 standard certificates - read statement from VeriSign: https://knowledge.verisign.com/support/ssl-certificates-support/index?page=content&id=AD146&actp=LIST

Without going into great detail - how does this affect vPro remote configuration with a VeriSign certificate?

The good news is that VeriSign certificates are available for vPro remote configuration. Take a look at the landing page - http://www.verisign.com/ssl/intel-vpro-technology...

R-Vijay | 05 May 2009 | 4 comments

Hi Folks, I have made a 12 minutes long video, which explains the File/Registry Virtualization Phenomenon, its limitation and benefits along with a small demo.I have also attached the executable which i have used in this video. You can try the same too..!!

Refer to the link below.,
http://www.msigeek.com/328/video-file-registry-virtualization-in-windows-7

Kindly check the same and let me know your comments on this.