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Harsh Mokal | 18 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

MSI Readiness Analyzer for Windows Vista is a free standalone utility for IT professionals which analyzes MSI application installers and highlights methods to prepare them for Windows Vista. MSI Readiness Analyzer shows where application installers can take advantage of new technology in Vista, and also where problems might occur.

For more information and to download this tool please access http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/msi-readiness-...

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Harsh

Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

Another chapter of the Altiris-sponsored eBook, "The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration" is now available for download.

This key chapter focuses on infrastructure preparation and security configuration. Get the download details here.

You can download Chapter 5 here.

Chapter 5: Excerpt

The entire group will be under the supervision of the logical architect or technical lead. In addition, this group must be integrated to the team as a whole as they will need to communicate with their PC counterparts in order to properly discover the expected changes on the network. As such, this group will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Gathering inventories in support of the initial situation analysis
    • Deploying...
Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

Are you ready for Windows Vista migration? Make the smart move and migrate with Altiris!

Altiris invites you to attend a no-cost, half-day Windows Vista migration seminar, coming soon to a city near you.

Migrating to Windows Vista is not a question of when, but how. Whether you plan to deploy Vista as a mass migration project or gradually as new PCs are deployed, OS migration can be intimidating for any IT manager. But with Altiris, you can easily manage the mysteries of Vista migration.

At the seminar, our migration experts will explain how to conquer your migration fears with an automated migration plan rooted in best practices and an integrated solution that will help you

  • Reduce time to migrate
  • Diminish end-user downtime
  • Lower overall IT effort
  • Implement enterprise-wide system standardization...
saurabhshrivastava | 17 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

The Problem:
After upgrading Application Metering Solution from version 6.0.1024 to version 6.1.26, the Application Metering upgrade task fails.

Resolution:
Before upgrading the Agents, you should uninstall Application Metering Agent 6.0.1024 on all the computers using the command line (this silently removes the agent):

AMAgent.exe -s -a /s /oRemove

Then, enable the Install/Upgrade Application Metering Agent task.

trb48 | 17 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

There are thousands of settings that system admins need to set to create a good image. I ran across a resource that simply explains some Vista system settings that all admins should take into account while building an image.

Here is the link:
Vista Tips, Microsoft Windows Vista Guide

Screenbert | 11 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

The article on "Building a Standard Vista Image" said that "comparing the advantages and disadvantages of WIM versus traditional imaging formats is beyond the scope of this document". So here is a rundown of the major features of Ximage (WIM) vs. Rdeploy.

Feature Rdeploy Ximage (WIM)
Supported Preboot Environments WinPE, Linux, DOS WinPE only
Multicasting Yes No
Can create partitions as needed Yes No
Heterogeneous Yes (FAT, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3) No (Windows Only)
File-based Yes Yes
Executable images Yes No
Sector-based Yes No
Offline Editing Yes...
trb48 | 09 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

Are you tired of deploying an image that is months (or years) behind in Windows Updates? Do you use WSUS, but it takes too long to get all of the updates installed? Or do you rebuild your personal computer and don't want to connect to the network until it is completely up-to-date?

The solution for you is a program called AutoPatcher. According to the AutoPatcher web site:

AutoPatcher is based on the functionality of these special updates, automating their installation process. This way, with only a few mouse clicks and two minutes of your time, AutoPatcher is able to continue with the installation of the items you selected. In short, AutoPatcher combines the advantage of both Windows Update (presentation and description of updates and automated installation), and the special administrative updates (portability and installation without the need of an Internet connection...

trb48 | 09 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

Windows Vista marked a brand new way to approach imaging. This brand new OS has caused all of us to re-learn our way around administering computers. Luckily, Microsoft has released a ton of resources to help us all figure out how to tackle this new IT challenge. Below is a list of Vista resources you cannot do without:

BRING | 03 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

When upgrading our Altiris Agent environment, such as deploying a roll-up or service pack, there are always a few straggler machines that seem to get 'stuck', and don't complete the agent upgrade task.

The tip found in a knowledgebase article can be the key to giving those machines a 'boot', so to speak..

Check out the KB Article below, entitled:

"After NS Core R3 Upgrade, some agents would not upgrade." - KB 33865

It can be found at:

https://kb.altiris.com/article.asp?article=33865&p=1

Admin | 02 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

This podcast supports the Altiris-sponsored The Definitive Guide® to Vista Migration eBook. Plug in to get answers to the following questions:

- How to understand the needs of your technical teams
- How to design systems that ensures your teams will properly graduate testing from one level to another
- How to make the most of virtual technologies when building the migration lab

Podcast 3: Build the Perfect Migration Lab, by Danielle and Nelson Ruest, is available here.