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Dan Waksman | 05 Aug 2008 | 0 comments

When adding a Create Disk Image task for a Vista image and modifying the advanced sysprep properties, selecting "install additional drivers" and adding a path will allow drivers to be injected into the image.

However, the problem with this, is that you will be prompted for unsigned drivers after pulling down the image with a Distribute Disk Image task. To get around this, I created a custom InstallDrivers.xml in the Deploy directory:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">...
R-Vijay | 25 Jul 2008 | 3 comments

This very good article will help you understand Windows Vista better. There is a lot more to talk about. Once you go through that article, I believe your complaints would be reduced for sure!

You can obtain the article from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

Harsh Mokal | 23 Jul 2008 | 0 comments

To protect sensitive data on your PC, encryption methods always helpful.

BitLocker Drive Encryption is security feature in the Windows Vista operating system that provides protection for the operating system on your computer and data stored on the operating system volume.

BitLocker ensures that data stored on a computer running Windows Vista remains encrypted even if the computer is tampered with when the operating system is not running.

I searched on net to find how to configure it & found a good article. Links are as follows.

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Best-practi...

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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...

tbowman01 | 16 Jun 2008 | 2 comments

After a week of reading many posts about problems with the new Optiplex 755 and the new Intel 82566 DM-2 network cards I have finally found a solution. I have verified that using this driver that the network card works in both Windows Deployment Server and Altiris Deployment Server. I have not tested BartPE.

  1. Download the latest Intel NIC driver from support.dell.com for the Optiplex 755
  2. Extract the file, current version R162323.exe or newer, copy the file from c:\dell\drivers\R162323 to c:\ and rename the folder to 755-NIC-Driver
  3. Then use imagex to mount the boot.wim file
    Imagex /mountrw c:\boot.wim 1 c:\WinPE_x86\mount
  4. Add the drivers to the mounted boot image
    Peimg /inf=c:\755-NIC-Driver\*.inf c:\WinPE_x86\mount
  5. Unmount the boot image and commit changes
    Imagex /unmount /commit c:\WinPE_x86\mount

I am using WinPE 2.1 vista build boot.wim, therefore, the driver that I loaded was the Vista32 e1e6032.inf...

dfnkt_ | 09 May 2008 | 2 comments

With the recent release of Windows XP SP3, many home users might have begun the upgrade process. However, I'm betting that a majority of IT shops are holding off and doing some testing. I came across this interesting bit of info and thought it might help some people make the upgrade decision.

From the MSDN blog of Jane Maliouta:

"If you are currently running IE7 on XPSP2, Windows Update will offer you XPSP3 as a high priority update. If you choose to install XPSP3, Internet Explorer 7 will remain on your system after the install is complete. Your preferences will be retained. However, you will no longer be able to uninstall IE7. If you go to Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs, the Remove option will be grayed out."

The rest of the story can be found here. Basically this is stating that IE7 is locked down into SP3 with no option for uninstalling it. This might be great...

savnhga | 08 May 2008 | 6 comments

If you have problems where your MC50 doesn't scan the correct barcode all the time and you have to delete the entry and rescan it, the "Imager Pick List" option will help!

The "Imager Pick List" will give a user the ability to choose which barcode they need scanned. This usually happens when multiple barcodes are beside each other.

The MC70, MC9090-G, and some newer MC50s have this option already, no need to upgrade the OS.

On the MC50 you will need to either update the OS or update the device to have the "Imager Pick List" option. Instructions for how to do the updates are in the link.

"Device Configuration Package v1.4 and OS Update for the MC50":
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CondorMan | 29 Feb 2008 | 5 comments

If you plan on installing Vista Service Pack 1 when it is released (highly recommended), you might want to run the cleanup command afterward.

To do this, open the run dialog (Win-R) and type "vsp1cln.exe" (without quotes) and press enter.

This will remove the ability to uninstall the service pack (so make sure to test everything before running the cleanup), and it will cleanup 1GB worth of data off of your hard drive.

cnpalmer75 | 26 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

The release of the newest rollup pack for NS brings about a whole list of added updates.

Have you ever wondered though what was fixed with the current rollup you have installed now?

Well this download will allow you to see what each rollup pack has incorporated for fixes.

This info from taken from KB21248 and can be found in the Altiris KB, but the formatting was way off to read it. This Word doc should help straighten all of that out.

cnpalmer75 | 25 Feb 2008 | 4 comments

In case you were not aware, the newest rollup has been released. The R7 release was previously scheduled to be released a little later but was cut loose to resolve the critical security vulnerability with previous versions of the agent.

The information about the R7 release can be found here:
Release Notes: https://kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=35803&p=1