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JohanH | 28 Aug 2009 | 3 comments

This topic was discussed here, but I discovered today that there actually is a way to edit the list of MSI files and .NET runtime options on the prerequisites page in Wise Installation Studio 7 (build 7.3.0.259). I wanted to add .NET 2.0 SP2 Framework to the prerequisites, which you by the way can download here.

I copied the Framework setup to a folder that I created in: <Wise installation directory (usually C:\Program Files\Altiris)>\Wise\Windows Installer Editor\Stub\DOTNET2.2.30729

DOTNET2.2.30729 was the folder that I created.

The different versions shown on the prerequisites page is picked from an ini file in the Windows Installer Editor directory. It is named dotnet.ini.

I added the following...

viddect | 27 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

I found an article on a different forum about how to boot a full blown linux over PXE, giving the possiblity of a hard drive-less system. See it here: DSL Tips and Tricks :: How-to: PXE - Packing the KNOPPIX image in initrd

EdT | 25 Aug 2009 | 3 comments

The following changes should be made via an existing transform - eg: sp1033.mst for English installs.

Step 1 - Create a custom action in the CustomAction Table

Action: PolicyFix
Type: 3110
Source: (leave empty)
Target: Set S = CreateObject("WScript.Shell"):X="HKLM\Software\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\":Y="REG_DWORD":S.RegWrite x&"EnableJavaUpdate",0,Y:S.RegWrite x&"EnableAutoUpdateCheck",0,Y:S.RegWrite x&"NotifyDownload",0,Y:S.RegWrite x&"NotifyInstall",0,Y:S.RegWrite x&"Frequency",0,Y:S.RegWrite x&"UpdateSchedule",0,Y

Step 2: - Add a custom action to the InstallExecute Sequence:

Action: PolicyFix
Condition: NOT Installed
Sequence - Just before InstallFinalize - eg: Sequence: 3183

Step 3: In the Property Table, ensure the following properties have the stated values:

AUTOUPDATECHECK 0
IEXPLORER 1
...
rpoag | 21 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

We really don't like the balloon pop-ups in the taskbar in XP so we have been turning it off in the registry.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:00000000
"EnableBalloonNotificationsLocal"=dword:00000000
"EnableBalloonNotificationsRemote"=dword:00000000

dfrancis | 20 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

On a few occasions we've had issues where our queues (EvtQFast, EvtQueue, EvtQSlow) have gotten backed up.  This could have been caused by a database communication issue, a service hiccuping or something else.

Regardless of the cause, once you get the issue fixed and the events start processing, they may not be processing fast enough and, as a result, you start seeing one/many queues reporting busy in your Notification Server's event log.

Now you could stop the Client Message Dispatcher service, move all of the events from the queue folders into a temporary folder, restart the service then gradually copy the files back in so they process, but that often involves up to hours of babysitting the server.  One of our server's is starting to outgrow its hardware so this has been a task we've had to address a few times this past year, and when it happens it shoots your productivity.

I came up with a more automated way to handle this using Robocopy, which is...

telegon | 14 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

Yes, even I'm no longer calling it NS7.

So I'm setting up the devlab with 7, and yes - I'm very fascinated by the amount of OOB support for both Dell and HP - both will make my life much easier.  However, my IT management staff will freak if I show them a console branded Dell.

If you install the Dell Management Console while you bring 7 up, you'll likely be greeted with a Dell Management Console after installation.

Why HP doesn't brand, or why we don't have an option to choose the branding is fodder for some late night discussions at Vision in Vegas next year.  You're going right?  You know this economic slowdown thing is almost over, right?  I expect to see all of you there.

In the meantime, as you're setting up your POC, or moving to 7 to satisfy your inner techie voices, here's a SQL script to revert your Symantec Management Console back to it's Symantec-y self.

Run it in Query Analyzer, and make sure you...

jjesse | 10 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

At ITS we are starting to create and upload training videos on the Symantec Management Platform, Client Management Suite 7, Server Management Suite 7, and Symantec DLP.  Pat McPherson one of our senoir Altiris Engineers demonstrates Inventory Solution a part of Altiris Client Management Suite 7

Inventory Solution 7, Symantec NS 7...

jjesse | 10 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

At ITS we are starting to create and upload training videos on the Symantec Management Platform, Client Management Suite 7, Server Management Suite 7, and Symantec DLP.  Pat McPherson one of our senoir Altiris Engineers demonstrates Network Discovery.

For more information visit www.itsdelivers.com/videos.php

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Kinetic | 05 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

I started writing this straight after work and ran into a few snags. The design was simple enough. I wanted to select a server, select a role and then add a full batch of users from a text box I could paste into. A few snags, but nothing I couldn't work around.
 
Snag #1
 At I first tried to use method "getitemsinfolder" in the item management class.After scratching my head wondering why I wasn't get any return at all, I realized security roles are not technically "items" ( "items" can be exported. Security roles cannot ). So everytime I used that method, it was returning null since the security role fodler actually doesn't contain items. I switched this to an NS query using the method "ExecuteNSDatabaseQuery". It was simple enough:

string sql = "select name,guid from SecurityRole";

To attach the results to the combo box you have to use an XML Reader. This is done by...

Kinetic | 04 Aug 2009 | 3 comments

Hello Connect!

I have decided to take on a personal challenge in an effort to teach and learn more about using the ASDK. I have been writing tools for work using ASDK1.4 for about 6 months and just started learning C#. Since then I've developed a few win apps that have saved a ton of time for both myself and coworkers using Altiris.

To celebrate the ASDK and to thank Symantec for giving us such an open and flexible tool for working with Altiris, I am going to write 30 tools using VBscript or C# in 30 days. I will blog about each tool and include short descriptions on the methods being used and the approaches I take to use them.

First a few acknowledgments. A big thank you goes to Screenbert! When I first set out to create an SWD package creator in the ASDK, it was his how-to videos that gave me the start. Without those guides, I probably would of found the learning curve...