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Cobra7 | 05 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Symantec User Migration (SUM) is a great tool to pull a users files, icons, registry settings and Windows settings and put them in a nice and neat little file. They can either then be saved as a backup or installed onto another PC.

The Following back files are what I use to capture and restore a users settings. I keep them out on the network for easy access. Also please note I have SUM installed on the network server and a custom SCMMigrationOptions.xml is being used.

To Capture I use:

@echo off
echo "This will use SUM Wizard to capture a users data for Desktops"
echo "Enter name "
set /p UserName=

echo "Saving to \\Server\share\User_Migration\%UserName%.ump
\\Server\share\SUM\User Migration Wizard\SUMWizard.exe" /action:create...

WiseUser | 05 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Component errors can happen from time-to-time, especially with setup captures. We need to know to look for them.  Here’s how to check an install for a component error:

1. Launch Wise and go into the Setup Editor

2. Switch to the Components tab

3. Any components with errors will be displayed in Red

4. Right-click on the component name and select Show Errors

5. Use the information displayed to correct the component errors

Sidd | 12 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

Here is HTA script to collect installed software inventory of a computer. One can filter the results with availabe filter option.

The following details can be obtained form this HTA script.

Download it here:

MtBiker | 18 Aug 2008 | 1 comment

This is a simple VB script to modify all the profiles at once. Most the time you can use the "All Users" profile to make changes to all the profiles but there has been times when I've found this little script handy. For instance, it's a nice way of printing out all profiles on a system. But there are many things that this script can do.

'This script will allow you to make changes to all current profiles in the system

' strValue = user profiles (C:\Documents and Settings\profile)

On Error Resume Next

Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002

strComputer = "."
Set objRegistry=GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & _ 
  strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList"
objRegistry.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubkeys
For Each objSubkey In arrSubkeys...
MtBiker | 18 Aug 2008 | 5 comments

Application installation can become tricky at times. We have noticed problems with installing software and our Spy Sweeper blocking the installation. We then had a need to determine if the Spy Sweeper is installed and do some action if it is.

Thus I created a little script that will go out and check to see if a particular application is installed on a computer. First I will show the full VBS script, then go over some modifications you might have to make.

'This script outputs to a .tsv file a list of applications installed on the computer
'Output file is software.tsv
'Usage: cscript applications.vbs

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objTextFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile("C:\WINDOWS\system32\temp\software.tsv", True)

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
  & "{...
networkchic | 29 Jul 2008 | 0 comments

Use this query to get software delivery task information. You can put in your own Where criteria.

If you use with Business Dev Studio use a report parameter so it will prompt you to choose the filter.

Where (b.AdvertisementName IN (@AdvertisementName))

SELECT b.AdvertisementName, a.Name, a.[User], a.[OS Name], a.[OS Version], a.IsManaged, b.ReturnCode, a.Guid

FROM vComputer AS a 
INNER JOIN Inv_AeX_SWD_Execution_Summary AS b ON a.Guid = b._ResourceGuid

WHERE b.AdvertisementName like '%' and b.ReturnCode = '0'

ORDER BY b.AdvertisementName, a.Name

mboggs | 25 Jun 2008 | 4 comments

When using My Helpdesk Console (winuser), sometimes end users try to type their entire issue in the Title field, rather than the Comments field.

I created a Validation Rule which requires the end user to include a Comment when submitting an incident using My Helpdesk Console (winuser).

In addition to this, we renamed the label on winuser from Title to Summary. We had many end users putting their job title in that field, not knowing any better.

Here is the validation rule:

Name: Blank comments not allowed for guests

Comment: Requires guests to enter a non-blank comment.

Display this message: Please enter a comment

Log to Notification Server: If no user interface present

When: Every time incident is saved

And: When ALL of these are TRUE
"Comment" is the same as...

CondorMan | 05 Jun 2008 | 1 comment

If your workstations are using the NTFS file system, you can use COMPACT.EXE that is included with Windows to compress files with a certain extension. For example, to compress all of the .CHM files (which are rarely used), use the command: COMPACT /C /S:C:\ *.CHM

Here is a list of all the available parameters:

COMPACT [/C | /U] [/S[:dir]] [/A] [/I] [/F] [/Q] [filename [...]]

/C Compresses the specified files. Directories will be marked so that files added afterward will be compressed.
/U Uncompresses the specified files. Directories will be marked so that files added afterward will not be compressed.
/S Performs the specified operation on files in the given directory and all subdirectories. Default "dir" is the current directory...
CondorMan | 18 Apr 2008 | 3 comments

PowerShell is the new powerful scripting language created by Microsoft. You can install it to Windows XP and above and it is included in Windows Server 2008.

Here is how to run a PowerShell Script through Deployment Server.

  1. Create a new job.
  2. Add a Copy File task
    • The source path points to MyScript.ps1 on the Deployment Server.
    • The destination path is .\MyScript.ps1
  3. Add a Run Script task as the following:
    powershell -command "& { .\MyScript.ps1; exit $lastexitcode }"
    set ret=%errorlevel%
    del .\MyScript.ps1
    exit %ret%
MtBiker | 18 Sep 2007 | 2 comments

As an Altiris Administrator, I found it fairly easy to find solutions to my problems from either Connect, Altirigos or the Knowledge base. Then I took a Notification class with 8 other Altiris Administrators and discovered that I was learning more about Altiris and its products just by talking with my classmates on our breaks. I decided that Altiris should have a chat room where Administrators can discuss issues and help others struggling. I was unable to find a chat room so I created one of my own. I decided to use IRC because it was easy enough that anybody could use it.

So please join us on IRC for discussions, help, solutions and chatting.

You can access the chat from the web at 

Channel:     #Altiris

Leave me a message if you get confused or need help

You also may download a client such as mIRC at...