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ianatkin | 12 Feb 2014 | 0 comments


There is a known issue with DS6.9 SP6 and WinPE4 which means that the PXE environment variables used in this article won't be set. To resolve this please take a look at and replace your startutl.bat batch file with the revised version in the tech note.
This is important for sites who use their DS6.9 PXE servers as image stores, and who therefore map a drive to  \\%ALTIRIS_PXE_IP%\images in Bootwiz to assist this process transparently across multiple PXE servers.
My google-fu failed to pick this tech note up and it took a fast response Altiris support ticket to track this one down. I've updated my "WAN Nirvana" article to reflect this.
Ludovic Ferre | 10 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

I have progressed the Software Delivery trending tool quite nicely and has it often happen, the (interim) result drives the long term design.

So far I have 2 files for the toolkit: an executable that generate a Javascript output (based on the Evt_AeX_SWD_Execution table) and a web-page to display the java script as line charts (using the Google Chart API as usual).

You'll find a sample output at the end of this blog post.

There are a few design problem that were "solved" in the current build (we are still at version 0):

  • All the data is written into a single java script file
  • No more than 100 policies will be added to the js file
  • Visualization is based on a two column layout
  • By default 6 charts are displayed on a page view
  • You can set the view to at most 10 charts per page
  • Next and Previous Page navigation links allow to scroll thru the full data set
  • A home link allows the user to set the view...
SK | 08 Feb 2014 | 1 comment

The following query maps item names to the three different guids found within the ResourceAssociation table, allowing you to understand its contents better:

vi1.[Guid] AS ResourceAssociatiopnTypeGuid,vi1.Name AS ResourceAssociatiopnType,
vi2.[Guid] AS ParentResourceGuid,vi2.Name AS ParentResource,
vi3.[Guid] AS ChildResourceGuid,vi3.Name AS ChildResource
FROM vItem vi1
JOIN ResourceAssociation ra ON ra.ResourceAssociationTypeGuid = vi1.[Guid]
JOIN vItem vi2 ON vi2.[Guid] = ra.ParentResourceGuid
JOIN vItem vi3 ON vi3.[Guid] = ra.ChildResourceGuid

david_evans | 05 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Many thanks to Pål Kristiansen of Helse Nord for presenting at our EPM 7.5 Launch events in Oslo, it was great to see how Symantec technology is helping to meet their business challanges.

Please download the following presentation to learn more about Helse Nord and their smart migration strategy using workflow with EPM:

Ludovic Ferre | 04 Feb 2014 | 0 comments


A few hours only past since my first post [1] on this matter, but there's nothing like Connect to keep the momentum.

So this evening I have 3 elements to add to the project:

  • The generic SQL query to summarise the content of the SWD Execution table
  • The houlry exec count per Advertisement Name
  • A sample page with a chart to validate the basic look and feel

SQL Query I:

The first query I ran is very simple: list all the software delivery execution in the event table by run count. Order the result by count descending, and lilmit the data set to 100 results, albeit we could limit the dataset to any policy that has more than n execution just as well:

select top 100 AdvertisementName , COUNT(*) as '#'
  from Evt_AeX_SWD_Execution
 group by AdvertisementName, AdvertisementId
 order by COUNT(*) desc

Note that we use the AdvertisementId field in the group by as a safety measure, in case we...

Ludovic Ferre | 04 Feb 2014 | 0 comments


I have done a few project with the Google Chart API's now [1][2][[3] and I am becoming addicted to the results it provides. There's nothing like a line chart to show you at a glance what is happening in a given environment, and to help you work out if the behaviour of a given environment is standard or out of bound (indicating a problem).

I have tackled the Patch Management trending requirements, but lately I have found out that I would really need to have something similar to show the Software Delivery Execution data overtime.

For example we have started deploying the R7+ agents (Core, PAtch and Inventory) to 30,000+ computers worldwide, and 4 days in the proces I would like to be able to show how fast the environment reacted and if there was any problem (as I know there were ;-).

So here's an overview of how the tool would / should work to provde the features in a simple manner:

Data source

We want to tap on the...

david_evans | 04 Feb 2014 | 4 comments
On October 7, 2013 version 7.5 of ITMS was made generally available.  Symantec Corporation will End of Life (“EOL”) the earlier releases of this product including Components, Agents, Options any Maintenance Packs (MPs) and/or patches for each version, in all released languages. This notice describes the timelines for the delivery of support services for these products that have reached their EOL.



End of Life Date

End of Limited Support and Start of Partial

End of Support Life

Altiris™ Inventory Solution

(all platforms)

7.0 - 7.1

7, October 2013

6, March 2016

6, March 2016


Ludovic Ferre | 04 Feb 2014 | 3 comments

January was a busy month with the release of aila2 here on Connect.

Interestingly enough it feels like I have spent much more time documenting the tool-kit and features than coding it, and I'm not completely done yet.

So, in order to motivate myself to publish some long awaited articles or downloads, here's a quick list of things to come:

  • A wrap-up for aila2-version 1 containing a couple of installation files and the toolkit in a single zip
  • A gauge control for Patch Compliance Trending to provide global compliance status at a glance
  • A toolkit to link multiple Patch Trending sites to provide a global view for large environments
  • A Managed Delivery execution reporting toolkit, to display software execution over time

The 1st item is almost complete and was used in a few production environment already and should be available real soon.

The 2nd and 3rd items are needed because we have large customers moving to my...

SK | 31 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

The following query will display those computer assets that either do not have a department or an owner associated with them:

SELECT vc.Name AS Computer,vado.Department,vauo.[User Name] AS [Owner]
FROM vComputer vc
LEFT JOIN vAssetUserOwner vauo ON vc.[Guid] = vauo._AssetGuid
LEFT JOIN vAssetDepartmentOwner vado ON vc.[Guid] = vado._AssetGuid
WHERE vado.Department IS NULL
OR vauo.[User Name] IS NULL

SK | 31 Jan 2014 | 5 comments

Today marks the last day that my community status will display Symantec Employee.

I will endeavour to maintain a community presence; however, I do not know how frequent this will be.