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scottwed | 22 Feb 2008 | 1 comment

This one was driving me up a wall. There's tons of hits on Google, but nobody had an actual answer.

To reproduce the problem, copy some files from another computer to the network file share on your Vista box. This could come up frequently during a Vista migration.

In my situation, I transfered a directory to d:\vmdisks\vmName1

Next, attempt to modify one of the files with notepad. You can tell the file is protected, as notepad will claim the file is no longer present when you attempt to save it. (This is supposed to happen for any files under \Program files and \Program Files (x86))

Also, if you attempt to remove the read-only attribute from one of the copied files, you will be prompted by UAC to approve, and Vista will report the operation was successfull. Closing the properties window and reopening it will show the...

cnpalmer75 | 22 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

In case anyone else may have missed the release earlier this month, here are the details surrounding the security vulnerability for any Altiris Agent pre- 6.0.2389 build. Linky here...


February 6, 2008
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Severity: Medium
Remote Access: No
Local Access: Yes
Authentication Required: Yes
Exploit publicly available: No


A privilege escalation vulnerability in the Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent has been identified.

Affected Product(s)

Product Version Build Solution(s)
Altiris Notification Server 6.X All 6.0 SP3 R7


The Symantec...

BRING | 07 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

When using the high-powered personality capture capabilities of PC Transplant in a large migration, it sometimes make sense to use PCT from the command line. In one case, it was the only way that the tool was able to function to help in a migration project.

In this specific case, a custom capture template file was defined, and the command line parameters were properly set. Each time, however, the resulting capture file did NOT contain those targeted files and folders.


As PCT executed from the network share, all of the PCT files were supposed to be read over the network, either via UNC share, or mapped drive. It was also observed that the process took a substantial amount of time, almost excessive.

As a troubleshooting test, all of the contents of the PCT folder were copied to a temporary folder on the workstation,...

jeremyboger | 10 Jan 2008 | 5 comments

I work for a large K12 district in Indiana. We have over 16,000 students, 1,800 teachers and staff, 8,000 wired clients, and around 500 wireless clients. Because of all of the security concerns we have to deal with in a school district, we have our firewall setup to lock down any and all items from the outside world. The only way items can come in through the firewall is if we specifically designate the IP address and port.

Updating Altiris Notification Server is not possible because of this. We are unable to use the download feature on the update page. After a whole lot of wasted time (because the boss didn't want to open anything up in the firewall for this), I did find a solution. It is a bit of work, but it does work.

The first thing I have to do is paste the SolutionCenter.xml file to the correct location on the Notification...

robertser | 21 Dec 2007 | 1 comment

Depending on the way you have your SQL database security set up you may end up with stored procedures and other objects having an owner other than dbo. The typical case of this happening is when running the upgrade with an account that is not an SA on the SQL Server.

If unresolved, this naming issue can give you grief. Here's a way to fix it.

This ownership issue will ultimately end up in causing a lot of errors such as the Deployment Console not opening or certain tasks failing. Basically anything that tries to call the stored procedure will fail because the name is wrong. For example: A stored procedure in the DS database called dbo.del_computer may have its name changed during an upgrade to username.del_computer.

To fix this situation run the following SQL script. Change the USERNAME to whatever the owner is for the objects that need to be changed.

 @OldOwner sysname,
 @NewOwner sysname

 SET @OldOwner = 'USERNAME'
 SET @NewOwner = 'dbo'...
BRING | 13 Dec 2007 | 0 comments

Why are my SQL server transaction logs growing each day to the point they overrun available disk space? This is really getting annoying. I am having to truncate them manually. Why isn't the automated procedure working?

After checking EvtQFast and EvtQueue thread settings, and adjusting the Throttle delays as found in KB 2344 and KB 17079, the problem just won't go away. The transaction logs were getting still getting a lot of pressure.

We are going to need some more information. So we set the following Performance Monitor counters on the SQL Server:

  • SQLServer:Buffer Manager: Buffer Cache Hit Ratio
  • SQLServer:Buffer Manager: Checkpoint pages/sec
  • SQLServer:Buffer Manager: Page writes/sec
  • SQLServer:Databases: Log Bytes Flushed/sec (Select correct Altiris database...
R-Vijay | 20 Nov 2007 | 0 comments

Hi all,

Check out this Symantec White Paper to get details on the Best Practices for Windows Vista Migration Planning and Management.

Note: You will need to register for this library site. Though it takes some time for registering....This paper is worth it!


Admin | 22 Oct 2007 | 4 comments

Realtime Publishers is proud to present the complete (Altiris-sponsored) eBook entitled The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration as a single PDF download!

This eBook includes the following chapters:

Chapter 1: To Migrate or not to Migrate?
Chapter 2: Planning the Migration
Chapter 3: Creating the Migration Test Bed
Chapter 4: Building the Migration Toolkit
Chapter 5: Security and Infrastructure Considerations
Chapter 6: Preparing Applications
Chapter 7: Kernel Image Management
Chapter 8: Working with Personality Captures
Chapter 9: Putting it all Together
Chapter 10: Running the Pilot Project, Final Deployment and Project Post Mortem


Admin | 04 Oct 2007 | 1 comment

The final chapter of the The Altiris-sponsored e-book, "The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration" is now availalble for download. Get the details here.

Download Chapter 10 here.

Here's What's Covered:

The project is almost complete. Two phases of the QUOTE System are left. The Transfer phase will focus on the manufacturing activities of the project, running through the pilot project, and then migrating all systems to Vista. The Evaluate phase will focus on project closure, running through the hand off to internal support teams, performing the project post-mortem, and preparing for system evolution.

In order to complete these phases, you need to run through a series of activities which include:

  • Oversee administrative activities to...
Admin | 24 Sep 2007 | 0 comments

This podcast supports the Altiris-sponsored The Definitive Guide® to Vista Migration eBook.

Get the latest information about:
- How to wrap up your migration to Microsoft Vista
- Results you should expect at the end of your migration project
- Thoughts about what technologies and practices to consider moving forward

Podcast 5: Completing the Project, by Danielle and Nelson Ruest is available here.