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cl3tUs | 30 Jun 2008 | 1 comment

Ever go looking for a device, but can't seem to find out what it is?

While searching for a device one day, I stumbled onto this website called PCIDatabase. I can type in the Vendor info or the Dev info and get an idea who makes it. Granted, this does not find it for me, but I can find out who makes it and it points me in the right direction, which is more than what I started with.

Let's begin.

First, we will take a look at the "PCI Device" in our Device Manager.

Double-click "PCI Device" or right-click...

Terry Cutler | 27 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

Frequently I get asked for my favorite online sites, articles and materials in regards to Intel vPro and the Altiris client management environment. Here's a summary - and I'm open to additions by others.

Understanding the Basics and Having a Community of Experts

  • For those new to Intel vPro and wanting to understand more on the core - see the demo and resources here.
  • vPro Expert Center provides a great medium to collaborate (share, discuss, request, etc) - vPro Expert and vPro Activate

Focusing on the value of Intel vPro usage models and associated ROI

Each customer will have a specific interest or expectation in using Intel vPro within an Altiris environment. The top reasons include Out-of-Band Asset Inventory, Remote Power\On, Redirection...

R-Vijay | 26 Jun 2008 | 3 comments

To avoid UAC prompts for applications on launch, there exists a manifest file which contains key information on the privileges. Many times, these manifest files are present along with the executable in the same directory. For example: Altair.exe will have a manifest file called Altair.exe.manifest in the same directory. There can also be cases where the manifest is embedded in the exe itself. In this case, identifying the launch condition for this exe involves a lot of research.

Here is a simple executable which will help research those launch conditions.

Sigcheck.exe is an executable from the Sysinternals team that enables you to check whether a file has been digitally signed. The -m switch allows you to view any manifest within the file. All we need to do is run this sigcheck.exe with -m switch along with the executable, the full manifest will be displayed on the command prompt window.

If the XML manifest is going to prompt an elevation then there will be a...

CondorMan | 25 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

OSQL is a flexible command-line utility that allows you to run SQL Queries, Commands, and Stored Procedures from the command-line or through a Batch script.

In order to run OSQL, you can either run it on your SQL Server or copy OSQL.EXE and osql.rll to a location that a client machine can run them from.

The syntax for OSQL is:

usage: osql       [-U login id]     [-P password]
 [-S server]      [-H hostname]     [-E trusted connection]
 [-d use database name] [-l login timeout]   [-t query timeout]
 [-h headers]      [-s colseparator]   [-w columnwidth]
 [-a packetsize]    [-e echo input]    [-I Enable Quoted Identifiers]
 [-L list servers]   [-c cmdend]      [-D ODBC DSN name]
 [-q "cmdline query"]  [-Q "cmdline query" and exit]
 [-n remove numbering] [-m errorlevel]
 [-r msgs to stderr]  [-V severitylevel]
 [-i inputfile...
marcoads | 24 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

Managing and controlling an Active Directory environment involves tiresome tasks to be handled daily. Trying to do them manually with the assist of scripts and command line tools result in chaos. AD Manager Plus offers a software solution for automating these daily chores. This tech tip will show users how to generate reports on domain users, on servers, on last log on time of users, and on modified users.

Follow the steps provided below to generate report on all users in domain:

  1. Click "AD Reports">"All Users" report under "User Reports".
  2. And generate the report.

Follow the steps provided below to generate report on server:

  1. Click "AD Reports">"All Computer" report under "Computer Reports".
  2. And generate the report.
  3. Click on "Add/remove column" and add "Operating System"...
piyushnasa | 24 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

If there is a situation in which you have created an MSI with Merge Modules and you don't want to recompile it because of its size or re-entry of errors, but you also want to update a merge module, then this tip will help you.

First, make a backup of the MSI.

You have to edit the MSI through ORCA. Search for the files/registry/components added by that merge module and delete them. This isn't a big task, but a simple Find option will be useful to do this.

One important thing: You need to write down the numbers of the file sequence for every file you have deleted.

Next, go to Tools - > Merge Module, Browse for the Merge Module and add it to the package.

Go to the file section and change back the sequence of files as you had copied before.

Save the package and you have completed updating the Merge Module.

Martin Charker | 20 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

Here's the scenario: you have an HP server and you need to rebuild it. To do this you need to pxe boot it, but its off site and you have no remote view when the OS is not up :-( Well I had to do this and not just 1 server... double :-( Luckily I came across a tool in the HP SmartStart Scripting Toolkit, called setbootorder.exe.

It lets me change the boot order from Windows (or WinPE) to any order I need. So I set it to Network first and at the end of the deployment I set it back to Hard Disk (If only it worked on IBM servers I'd be a happy man).

You just run "setbootorder pxe hd cdrom usb floppy" in any order you need and that's it, job done!

The Toolkit has a number of other tools in it, but this is the only one I have needed to use so far. Hope it helps someone out!

The Toolkit can be found at:...

CondorMan | 18 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

If you've ever had a domain join fail, you can understand how frustrating it can be to troubleshoot. There is a log file that will make it much easier to figure out what is wrong.

  • Open the file C:\WINDOWS\Debug\NetSetup.log.
  • Go to the very bottom of the file and find the last "NetpDoDomainJoin: status:"
  • If it is not 0x0, then the domain join failed and the code listed instead of 0x0 is the reason it failed.
  • Now, look at each previous line in the file until you come across the last line in the file that returned the same failure code as your Domain Join.
  • You have found the step of the domain join that failed and the reason it failed.
CondorMan | 18 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to start, stop, delete, create, or configure a service in your batch script? The "SC" command will allow you to do this and more.

Here are a few examples of how you can use this command:

Start a service sc start ServiceName
Stop a service sc stop ServiceName
Delete a service sc delete ServiceName
Create a service sc create ServiceName binPath="C:\Program Files\InstallDir\Service.exe" start=auto
Configure a service sc config ServiceName <options>

For more information about the settings you can make when creating and configuring services, go to a command prompt and type "sc create /?" and "sc config /?"

Terry Cutler | 17 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

In addition to the many tools, resources, and articles referenced on this site (Altiris Juice), there are additional tools at Intel vPro Expert Center.

The following podcast provides a brief introduction with an encouragement to "self activate".

If you are unable to view the embedded video - the direct link is ...