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trb48 | 10 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

I have posted several tips about how to speed up Windows Vista over the last few weeks. Today I found a pretty good guide that shows us how to speed up Windows XP. It brings up many good points.

Here is the link: Speedup Windows XP in Minutes!

trb48 | 06 Apr 2007 | 4 comments

Windows Vista is a RAM hog! There is no way around it, unless you drop hundreds of dollars on more RAM! Well, I found an article over at ExtremeTech that may help. It explains different things system Admins can do to speed up Vista. It is definitely worth checking out!

Here is the article: Speed Up Windows Vista

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

eorme | 14 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Whenever a configuration file is captured using a Deployment Solution for Dell Servers job, the default behavior is to have one configuration file for each model of server. This can be beneficial because it allows you to configure as many servers of that model as you desire. It can also be very restrictive because it doesn't allow you to specify unique settings among machines of the same model. Use the following instructions to disable the default behavior, and allow you to specify as many unique configurations as you like.

  1. In the Job Pane, click on the Configure job that you would like to change the behavior of (either BIOS, DRAC or BMC).
  2. Double-click on the runscript task, and then press modify.
  3. Locate the User Modification Section and find the variable that specifies whether to use "SOURCE" or "...
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 for the details.

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

Screenbert | 30 Jan 2007 | 1 comment

After repackaging an application, do you find it a pain to go change 10 different settings inside of the Windows Installer Editor? Here's a tip that's sure to help.

You can take your company standard for these settings and change their defaults. For instance, if you wanted Windows Installer Editor to always create an EXE instead of a MSI, you would follow these steps:

  1. Open your Wise Share Point\Templates folder
  2. Open the "Windows Application.wsi" file
  3. Click Installation Expert and then Build options under the Release definition section.
  4. Change your setting.
  5. Save and close your wsi file

From now on, all of your repackaged applications will use your new...

BRING | 24 Jan 2007 | 0 comments

It can really be tough when you want to get your Patch Management system upgraded to the latest version, Patch 6.2. Especially if, throughout the history of your Altiris database, you have moved it, restored it, etc. without using the Altiris AppID account in those procedures.

Make sure that you remember log in as the Altiris APP ID to do any type of database maintenance, when installing or upgrading Patch or other solutions. This will make the upgrades to those solutions much easier.

For specific details on one particular issue, see

Happy Patching!

dlmcduff | 03 Jan 2007 | 7 comments

We have the CMS Level 1 and Software License Compliance Suite. The purpose of the SLC Suite was to enter software license purchase information into the NS dbase and have that license information check against the software information collected in the Inventory Solution. How do I configure the Software License Compliance Suite to simply allow me to enter software purchase info (software name, date purchased, quantity, etc.) and view a report that shows me my total number of purchased software licenses versus my total number of installed licenses for one or more software applications?

The Asset Control and Contract Management Solution Product Guide is CRAZY! What I need is someone's Best Practices guide that lays out procedures for initial configuration, procedures for inputing new software purchase info, and relevant reports showing compliance status.

The following is the standard way in which I work with...

lordmithrandir | 29 Dec 2006 | 14 comments

Installation of Windows using Linux automation can take 3-6 hours on some systems. This is caused by the memory manager in FreeDOS. Here's a trick that could cut your install time from hours to minutes.

FreeDOS is used to kick off the installation of Windows, because the Windows installer can't run in the Linux environment.

To speed up the installation of Windows, use boot disk creator to install the MS-DOS files.

You'll need a Windows 98 CD to do so.

You don't have to create a DOS PXE image, you only need the MS-DOS files on your system. The Linux scripts will detect that smartdrv.exe is available and use that instead of the FreeDOS memory manager. This will shorten your Windows installations to about 30-60 minutes.

BRING | 05 Oct 2006 | 0 comments

Can the web services portion of Notification Server be run on a separate server? Many larger companies like to divide the services to reduce the load on a single computer and to distribute processing -- Web services (IIS) on one server, applications on another, and database services (SQL) on a third, etc.

No, only the database services and data may be housed on a separate server. The web services are a very integral portion of Notification Server, and therefore cannot reside on separate computers.