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SK | 19 Feb 2008 | 2 comments

Just a quick heads up that might keep you from diving into the shallow end of the pool.

One of my customers that are running Notification Server on ESX, ran into this scenario recently:

  1. A VM runs two disks (C: and D: partition on different hard disks)
  2. Snapshot function is active and a snapshot was created.
  3. The machine is shutdown and the second hard disk is detached (but not deleted).
  4. The snapshot is removed (for example due to the need to clone the box but only with C: enabled)
  5. The second hard disk is reattached again and the box booted.

The result will be that drive C: stays in the current state but the content of the second hard disk (in this case D:) is reverted back to the state when the snapshot was taken!

gbromage | 04 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

Just a quick heads-up in case this affects anyone else besides me.

I have a scripted deployment for Windows 2000 servers. It operates doing a PXE boot in DOS mode, copies the install files from the depot and runs the install.

All worked well, until I moved the depot to a 64-bit Windows machine. It turns out, the DOS mode network client doesn't seem to play nicely with 64 bit Windows.

In this document, Microsoft says:

Q. Are there any features in the 32-bit versions of Windows that are not in Windows Server 2003 x64 editions?

A. A small number of features are not included in x64 Windows, including DOS, POSIX, 16-bit support, and a few legacy networking protocols no longer in active use.

So, something to keep in mind if you are running a hybrid environment. If anyone knows a workaround, aside from the obvious one of NOT...

BRING | 13 Dec 2007 | 0 comments

If you've been hearing this, "I have some limited access users that need to be able to use the passwords that Local Security Solution maintains. I keep getting errors like "Unable to discover your essential user data for logging purposes". What changes do we need to make to allow them access?" then this tip's for you, Bob.

In the attempt to extend access for Local Security Solution to a security role in Altiris, some errors were encountered.

The role was given the following privileges:

  • Item Tasks --> Show Managed Password, Show Current Password
  • Item Tasks - Local Security --> Show Managed User Passwords

And the following item permissions:

Report for LSS Access - Read, Run Reports
Resource Management/Resources/Defaults --> Read Resource Data, Read Resource Association, View Password, Write Resource Data

When logged in as a member of the limited access security role, a right-click is performed on a...

R-Vijay | 07 Dec 2007 | 0 comments

The internal version number for Windows Vista is 6.0. The GetVersion function returns this version number. The problem is, some applications will return a higher version number. This means trouble. Learn how to steer clear, here.

Symptoms of OS Version

  • Applications that check for OS version will get higher version number.
  • Application installers may prevent themselves from installing the app and apps may prevent themselves from starting.
  • Applications may warn users and continue to function properly.

Mitigation Techniques for OS Version

  • For apps and installers that check for OS version, a Compatibility mode is provided in Windows Vista
  • Users can right right-click the shortcut or the EXE and apply the Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode from the Compatibility tab. This applies multiple shims including "WinXPSP2VersionLie"
  • Better: Apply the shim "WinXPSP2VersionLie"
  • In many cases, applications...
Terry Cutler | 29 Oct 2007 | 0 comments

In mid September of this year (2007), the updates to Altiris RTSM, OOBM, and OOBSC provided support for the following Intel vPro and Centrino Pro capabilities:

First, take a look at a previous article\post about Intel AMT versions and features. At the bottom of that article, the Intel SCS versioning is explained.

With the latest release of Altiris OOBSC, the Intel SCS version is 3.0. If unsure what version you are running, check the AMTconfig windows service version information. Intel SCS version 3.0 is the latest Altiris validated version. However, if you want to try a newer version, click here. NOTE:Test this offline from the production systems before deploying.

With that - some key items you'll notice in the Altiris Client Management Suite with the latest release:

  • Ability to central change Intel AMT...
WiseUser | 23 Oct 2007 | 0 comments

Here's a nifty tool I found that makes working with MSIs a real joy.... Exaggeration? maybe, but this tool's sweet (and free).

A common use MSIDiff is to automate changes you wish to apply over and over again to MSIs produced by other tools.

To do this you start by first manually making (and testing) the proposed changes using a table editing tool similar to the free "ORCA" tool and then using MSIDIFF to generate the code to perform these changes.

The generated output (typically with minor changes) is then executed via the (also free) MAKEMSI tool (you may have made it more generic so parameters are passed into it).

Download MSIDIFF here.

riva11 | 23 Oct 2007 | 0 comments

In questo articolo viene descritto un intelligente tool che ho trovato che rende lavorare con file MSI una vera gioia .... Esagerazione? forse , ma questo è un tool davvero eccellente (e gratuito).

Un uso comune di MSIDiff è di automatizzare le modifiche che desideri applicare ripetutamente a dei file MSI prodotti da altri tool.

Per fare questo si deve come prima cosa creare manualmente (e testare) le modifiche proposte usando un tool di editing simile al tool gratuito "ORCA" , poi come secondo passo si deve usare MSIDIFF per generare il codice che permette di eseguire questi cambiamenti.

L'output che viene generato (solitamente con piccole modifiche) viene poi eseguito tramite il tool (anche questo gratuito) MAKEMSI (è possibile farlo in maniera generica , in questo modo i parametri sono passati al suo interno).


erikw | 19 Oct 2007 | 5 comments

Many of the tips submitted to the Juice lately have suggested editing an XML file in some sort or fashion.

Editing an XML file can be done with notepad or wordpad or, if you want some additional functionality without a high price, check out:

XML Notepad is a very easy and free solution that will make you an XML maven overnight.


eorme | 02 Oct 2007 | 2 comments

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers leverages the IPMIutil project for interaction with Dell servers via their Base Management Controllers. The supplemental file available for download with Deployment Solution for Dell Servers contains a copy of IPMIutil 1.9.8.

Recently, IPMIutil version 2.0 has been released with several enhancements and bug fixes. The most significant of these changes is a bugfix that fixes a problem that existed when trying to discover or perform remote power control commands with Dell 1855 blades.

To upgrade the version of IPMIutil used by Deployment Solution for Dell Servers and take advantage of these features, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit and download the file: (this contains the windows version of ipmiutil)
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file, and...
joevax | 07 Sep 2007 | 24 comments

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