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ianatkin | 07 Jul 2014 | 2 comments


One of the things about writing DS jobs in a rush is that the end result is often really difficult to repurpose and port to other servers. This is because my DS jobs contain many tasks; so rushing inevitably means that many aspects are hard-coded. 

As a programmer having hardcoded elements distributed throughout a complex job goes against the grain; when programming I try to place all those nice user-editble variables at the start to make it clear that only one area needs attention when changing simple items like file locations.

However this is tricky to do with DS... sharing user variables between the client production, automation and the server is just plain awkward. In the past I've tried various routes to get around this,

  1. Creating on the fly and environment variable batch script (named %ID%_env.bat) on the deployment share. This hosts all the user-editable variables and can be called at the start of each script task to ensure...
ianatkin | 07 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

I came across this news last month and was a bit dissapointed. I was aiming to move to Zone just before this accouncement came as I very much liked the idea of holding my own encryption keys. Unlike with some other cloud storage providers, my stuff would remain always remain my stuff in the zone.

If you are a Norton Zone customer, today (7th July) sadly marks the beginning of the end. According to the Zone placeholder page, from today you'll no longer be able to share files or create public links. The end itself comes in one month on the 6th of August at which point Symantec will terminate the service and delete any remaining Zone files.

My heart goes out to all those who shed sweat developing this product.

Full details on

Kind Regards,

ianatkin | 02 Jul 2014 | 15 comments

Just imported some job binary for normally well behaved jobs on a new DS6.9 SP6 server (on Windows 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2012) and started getting this error on tasks running embedded scripts.

Never seen this before which is odd as I've been using these job sets for years (since SP4). It's an access denied problem...  and sometimes it happens... sometimes it doesn't.

Feels like a support ticket is looming... :-(

kedar_k | 19 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Migration: A migration is when you install the latest version of the IT Management Suite solutions on a new server, and then migrate the data from the earlier ITMS solutions to the latest version of the application.

Upgrade: An upgrade is when you install the latest version of ITMS on the same hardware, server operating system, and database.

You must migrate the Notification Server 6.x or 7.0 data to either Notification Server 7.1 SP2 or Notification Server 7.5. After migrating the data, you must first upgrade to either ITMS 7.1 SP2 MP1.1 or ITMS 7.5 HF6 depending on the path you choose and then upgrade to ITMS 7.5 SP1.

The following diagram gives an overview of the migration and upgrade process:

Migrating to IT Management Suite 7.5 SP1

You can use the following reference documents:

ryanschoenherr | 18 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Join Novacoast on June 24th, at 11am EST for an Altiris 7.5 webinar

- Follow the link below to register



                 New features & Why theres no better time to upgrade!

Cloud Enabled Management - Manage clients outside the corporate network

Macintosh Support - Deploy, Manage and Secure your Macs

Updated Deployment Solution - Easier to use, support for Mac

Better Performance - Faster, more scalability, manage more endpoints

New Platform Support - For the newest Windows, Mac and Red Hat operating systems


KimBaraviec | 12 Jun 2014 | 1 comment

Here's a little tip if you are thinking to upgrade to ITMS 7.5 SP1.


During the upgrade of deployment, I discovered that the installation deletes deployment folder, and then makes a new one. So if you have your unattended xml files in this folder, make sure that you make a backup of them. When the upgrade is complete, you will see that your image jobs ar corrupted. because xml files are missing. You now need to copy your XML files into the deployment folder again. But image jops ar still not working.


I contacted symantec support and they gave me this sql query,


UPDATE ItemVersionData 
   SET [State] = cast([State] as nvarchar(max)) + '</vItem>' 
 WHERE [State] like '<vItem>%' and [State] not like '%</vItem>' and LEN(cast([State] as nvarchar(max))) < 4000


Run this after you copy youre xml files to the deployment...

ianatkin | 09 Jun 2014 | 4 comments

Trying to be nice here. SIM is frustrating. No product is more certain to bring an SMP server's resources to its knees.

So, word to the wise. ALWAYS close SIM when you've finished using it.

hugo_parra | 02 Jun 2014 | 82 comments

We're happy to announce today the general availability of ITMS 7.5 SP1.

Some of the highlights for this release include:

1.   Server and Client-side platform support updates

  • Notification Server support for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Site Server support for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2
  • Client support for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Mac 10.9, Windows 7 Embedded, ESXi 5.5, and RHEL 5.10
  • Console support for IE10 and IE11

2.   Reusable targets, flexible filtering

  • New visual builder
  • Immediate result verification
  • Enhanced import and export capabilities

3.   Inclusion of Workspace Streaming Agent

  • "Network mode" application streaming

4.   Ease of implementation

  • In-place upgrade from 7.1 SP2 MP1.1 and ITMS 7.5...
Ludovic Ferre | 02 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

ITMS 7.1 SP1 is out now. Here is the GIT log message from my tracking repository, listing all the files added (195), modified (1) or removed (0) to the Product Listing xml:

Log message md5 = 498109517651274055ec4a3ac612e33d
Affected files
    Add    /solutions/7_5_sp1/barcode/altiris_barcode_7_5_sp1_x64.msi
    Add    /solutions/7_5_sp1/barcode/altiris_barcodeupgrade_7_5_sp1_x64.msi
    Add    /solutions/7_5_sp1/barcode/altiris_barcodeupgrade_7_5_sp1_x86.msi
    Add    /solutions/7_5_sp1/ita/csmp/altiris_itanalyticscsmp_7_5_sp1_x64.msi
    Add    /solutions/7_5_sp1/ita/csmp/altiris_itanalyticscsmplp_7_5_sp1_x64.msi
    Add    /solutions/7_5_sp1/ita/dlp/altiris_itanalyticsdlp_3_5_0_x64.msi
    Add ...

ianatkin | 29 May 2014 | 0 comments

Strange news greeted my inbox this morning.

The flagship disk encryption software TrueCrypt appears now to be dead. The annoucement however has not been made directly on the TrueCrypts website, but instead on the redirected site The new SourceForge pages declares that TrueCrypt is not secure and provides instructions to migrate from TrueCrypt.

The reason quoted for the demise of TrueCrypt is odd; the SourceForge site says that development ended in May with the demise of Windows XP. Now whilst product development has been somewhat slow, TrueCrypt did (until this annoucement) have a roadmap which included full Windows 8 support. So, this is certainly the first time I'd heard about this planned EOL.

All most odd. And whilst there is nothing which points to this not being authentic, the manner in which this annoucement has been made does whiff slightly of a rift in the TrueCrypt...