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Ludovic Ferre | 07 Oct 2013 | 3 comments

The update for 7.5 has hit, so 7.5 is now GA.

Here are some information from the product listing:

file md5  = b8675ec97437e633fbcad1c112a6a557
file size = 15 361 694 bytes
timestamp = 2013-10-03 10:59

And here its the full file list (and handfull as you could guess :D):

Santana_Villa | 27 Sep 2013 | 1 comment


Symantec Connect Community Webcast:

Endpoint Management 7.5


Webcast Details:

Wednesday, October 9
11:30 am EDT

Please join us for a special webcast on Wednesday, October 9 for the launch of SymantecTM Endpoint Management 7.5 powered by AltirisTM technology!

We will discuss how Endpoint Management 7.5 solutions will make your job easier, provide a few demo’s, and learn about some of the experiences of early adopters.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get up to speed on 7.5 and the latest news from Symantec!



michael cole | 31 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

I came across a stored procedure that is quite popular for troubleshooting SQL especially blocking, it's not new but deserves a repost. I tried it against sp_who and sp_who2. It seems that this SP gives a more instant snapshot in better detail. Probably it's best feature is a clickable link to the transact that is running. I could still see block chains better with sp_who2, as you could see the trail of SPID's better. There is a SQL query for finding the lead blocker at

For those that are interested in what the differences are between sp_who and sp_who2, the screen snip below shows the column differences, the hidden difference is that sp_who is documented and thus supported, otherwise they are very similar. SP_WhoIsActive complements them.


ohzone - CherylPeterson | 30 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

We love our Connect community members and once again we're celebrating SysAdmin day. Check out this blog to find out how we are sharing the love with you!

Happy International Sysadmin Day!

Tell us something crazy that's happened in your world and we might make it worth your time!

stebro | 26 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Properly securing privileged accounts is a basic security tenet and often a priority for servers. Unfortunately, the same level of concern is not present for desktops in many organizations. Yet desktops\laptops often contain as much sensitive information as servers and have done so for many years.

Most desktops\laptops have information that doesn’t make it to servers yet is extremely sensitive and valuable. Think about what is on the laptops of the CEO, the HR director, the software architect, or the CFO in any given organization. Much of this information on these systems can create serious risks if compromised as any data on an organizations file or database server. Endpoint security too often focuses solely on the threat of malware and hackers, but ignores the simple threat of insecure privileged user accounts.

For Windows systems, privileged accounts are any accounts that are in the Administrators group. Often there is at least one account that is used by an...

Santana_Villa | 13 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

ITMS 7.5 Release Preview Release Announcement 06/13/13

Announcement Details The IT Management Suite 7.5 Release Preview has been released to authorized Beta customers.

Highlights - UI Performance improvements – console up to 15 times faster! - Cloud-enabled Management - Expanded security options - Dynamic summary reporting for software delivery tasks and policies with one-click retry for any failed tasks - Legacy Agent Communication mode - Mac management improvements, including Mac imaging - SIM: improved upgrade interface - More flexible deployment options - Additional pre-boot capabilities - Addition of CMDB functions (custom resources, resource mapping) to all products - Simplified and enhanced IT Analytics reporting

Download Location and Documentation Log in with (or create) your SymBeta account:...

msapovalov | 27 May 2013 | 0 comments

In case distinguished names in your AD are very long, due to nested OU`s, SMP will cut it to 255 chars during AD import. This is limitation of database table.

Herebelow is solution to this. Please note this was tested only against 7.1 sp2 mp1 version.  

KB article Unable to import some accounts from Active Directory is not mentioning Inv_Global_Active_Directory_Details, which is also populated during AD Import. 

1. Please backup the Symantec_CMDB database and file mentioned below prior to the changes. 

2. Run the following two SQL Queries on the Symantec_CMDB database: 

ALTER TABLE DirectoryItemMap DROP CONSTRAINT PK_DirectoryItemMap 
ALTER TABLE DirectoryItemMap ALTER COLUMN [Key] nvarchar(442) not null 
SK | 15 May 2013 | 7 comments

The long awaited pcAnywhere hotfix is finally here.

Please review "Symantec pcAnywhere 12.6.7 Hot Fix (HF1) readme" ( for full details.

Joe G. | 13 May 2013 | 0 comments

Ever since the introduction, and general take-up of the tablet, it has been speculated that the death of the PC is nigh. But is this the case? According to IDC, global PC sales fell 13.9% in Q1 2013, accelerating the drop of 8.3% in Q4 2012. Certainly less are being sold, and for this there are many reasons.

A fundamental reason for this, and I believe we’ll be seeing this very shortly with smartphones and tablets, is that PCs have become like ‘white goods’. You don’t throw away your fridge or cooker when a new model comes out, and the same has become the case with the PC. Given the slowdown of processor improvements, and how well Windows 7 runs on older machines, consumers are no longer buying a new PC every couple of years to keep up. RAM is still very cheap and given the prevalence of 64bit Windows 7, it’s easy to put in another 4 or 8GB of RAM to improve performance.

Another reason for keeping an aging machine is cloud services. If...