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Pascal KOTTE | 20 Nov 2009 | 2 comments

Are you already build some packages, and spend a few times to find the few tricks to get it works?
Does those packages are standard market packages?
Does those packages are in a MSI format?
Better: You already make it as a VSA format (SVS 2.1 and/or SWV 6.1) ?
Are you ready to sell services to provide such "well known packaging stuff" to others?

For sure, except for open source packages with fixed or standard "same for all" parameters, each of commercial application must be "repackaged" with at least the customer serial.
So, for well known packages should be not such a complicated to predefine "well known workload" to repackage it, providing a limited predefined list of questions for the custom,

Please, share this. I don't propose you do that for free, never "free lunch" !
I just suggest you propose a low cost service, which is sharing what you already...

R Gines | 16 Nov 2009 | 3 comments

For those who are staring at the incoming tsunami called Windows 7, here are some resources that might help get you going.

There will be more to come, but this is a good start...

Here is a link to the general philosophy around how to pull off a Windows 7 migration or namely, the 7 Steps to Windows 7.

and here is a link to a technical whitepaper on using DS 6.9 SP3 for a Windows 7 migration.

Be sure to check out general Symantec Windows 7 support site at


ianatkin | 04 Nov 2009 | 7 comments

Two days ago, Symantec posted security advisory SM09-015 -Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution and Notification Server Management Web Console Browse and Save File ActiveX Overflow.

This vulnerability announcement refers to activeX controls downloaded when accessing the web consoles for Notification Server and Deployment Server. These activeX controls have buffer overflow vulnerabilities which can be exploited should any Altiris Administrator/Worker (who uses the web consoles) visit a malicious website, or possibly open a maliciously crafted HTML email which calls the control. The vulnerability potentially allows unauthorised code execution within the security context of the user's browser.

Although the number of machines hosting these vulnerable DLLs is reserved to computers Altiris...

Terry Cutler | 27 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Earlier this year, Lenovo made a small change on their T400 and related platforms.   The Ctrl-P option disappeared when attempting to access the MEBx (Management Engine BIOS Extension screens for Intel Active Management Technology).   If you browse through the Lenovo BIOS update posting at, there is a brief mention of this change.

The main reason was to improve boot times.   The difference is a few seconds.   All of the Intel AMT functionality is still present.

To access the MEBx screen, press F12 during the POST process to access the Boot Menu. 


The option "Enter ME Configuration Screens" will access the MEBx.

The option "Initiate a...

B_Raj | 27 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

The table below lists some of  the language IDs for which the Windows Installer has

localized resource strings.


LangID           (Hex)              ACP                (Abbr)           Language (country)

 1025                 401                1256                ARA               Arabic (Saudi Arabia)

 1027            ...

BRING | 12 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

When attempting to open a workflow .package file from an external source, (which is the best way to transfer Workflow projects), the following Unexpected Exception, Size Mismatch error occurred, as shown in the screen shot. This error caused frustration, as no matter what I tried to get the .package file to open, it would not. Why? 


Well, lets first understand that the .package file is essentially just a zip file, and the file can be renamed to have a .zip extension and then extracted using standard ZIP utilities. Most of the time that will work.   In this case however,  the .package file was more than likely scanned with a virus scanner during transfer, and certain files contained in the package file probably were flagged by the virus scanner, and were removed from the .package file.  When the check sum process of...

nac | 17 Sep 2009 | 1 comment

Many times we interfere with the MSI script sequence in InstallExecute sequence, AdminExecuteSequence, advertised sequence, InstallUISequence, AdminUISequence. Following lists will be helpful in maintaining proper sequence.

It's not necessory that sequence number should be like this only but order is suggested to be the same.












NOT Installed



NOT Installed






WiseUser | 11 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

How to Uninstall CS3 Before Installing CS4 release of fireworks

1. Copy the uninstall.xml to "%TEMP%\XML\uninstall.xml"

2. Check for the existence of C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers\bbef028176efa5abf0233d3e1747be8

3. Run the Setup.exe --mode=silent --deploymentFile="%TEMP%\XML\uninstall.xml" --skipProcessCheck=1

Terry Cutler | 04 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

On Sept 8 2009 - an Intel hosted webinar occurred.   The webinar discussed and demonstrated Symantec Management Platform with Intel vPro technology.

The recorded material along with responses to questions during the webinar are available at

adtlink | 21 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

The release candidate version of Altiris CMS 7 SP1 is now available.  As part of your testing, please ensure that you install the release candidate to your testing environment, and not into production.  The RC version of Altiris CMS 7 SP1 is available from the Altiris Beta Portal   You will need to register for the product from the Profile tab prior to downloading.   You may anticipate the product will be available from the beta portal through the end of September. 

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