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SK | 01 May 2007 | 1 comment

Hello all,

I would like to make you aware of an issue I have experienced which also seems to be a problem with many other SQL Server 2005 users as well.

I installed SQL Server 2005 on two different Servers using the same installation files as well as the same installation configuration.

When opening the Database Tuning Advisor on both machines, I found that it connected successfully on one of them but failed to connect on the other as it could not find a require Stored Procedure.

Upon further investigation, I found that this SQL Server did not have any DTA Tables nor Stored Procedures.

For full details as well as the resolution to this problem, please refer to KBA34616.

duijsterj | 01 May 2007 | 0 comments

If you've ever used InstallTailor you know it can create a "transform" which is a type of Windows Installer database that can be used to customize an installation to a particular group of end users.

Here's a quick demo that'll walk you through the basics.

See the demo, courtesy of, here and now.

SK | 01 May 2007 | 1 comment

Notification Server includes the following five Core languages besides English: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Italian and Russian Language Packs have now been created, and can be found in our Knowledge base. Read on to get the direct links:

Italian for Helpdesk and NS:
Russian for Helpdesk and NS:

Harsh Mokal | 30 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

Frequent contributor Harsh is sharing some wisdom regarding Control Panel files and, more specifically, how to isolate these files in your installation directory.

Each tool in the Control Panel is represented by a .cpl file in the "[%systemDrive]\Windows\System" Folder. The ".cpl" files in the Windows\System folder are loaded automatically when you start the Control Panel.

Note: Control Panel files are sometimes loaded using entries in the [MMCPL] section of the Control.ini file.

Third-party software and hardware manufacturers can add Control Panel icons to provide an interface for setting configuration options for their products. An icon appears in Control Panel when the .cpl file is placed in the Windows\System folder by the program's Setup tool.

You can create a shortcut to a Control Panel tool by dragging an icon from Control Panel to the desktop or another location, or by manually creating a shortcut and specifying the path to a .cpl...

duijsterj | 30 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

Sometimes it's nice to have someone in-the-know walk you through a complex task or procedure. Here's a dandy (and brief) Flash demo that walks you through the steps it takes to set up Launch Conditions when packaging an application using Wise Package Studio.

View the demo (hosted at here.

Terry Cutler | 30 Apr 2007 | 6 comments

Update (July 2007): AMTconfig service 1.3 will resolve errors found in version 1.2. Please refer to Article 35954 on Altiris Knowledgebase. Hotfix posted at

Original post: With an increasing number of Intel® vPro™ processor technology deployments in Altiris management environments, key learnings and ideas are starting to be shared. Here is one such example - if others have key learnings or requests - please comment or share.

In some environments, provisioning and configuration operations may fail to complete. The administrator may receive an error code of 137, or an error that a previous request has been queued yet does not appear to complete....

trb48 | 28 Apr 2007 | 4 comments

A while back I posted an article about how to make a bootable USB Hard drive. There are many uses for the process that I discussed. The only problem is that USB Hard drives are big, require an external power source, and most people don't have an extra hard drive kicking around.

I ran into this great article that goes through the steps to make your USB key bootable. A must read for all of us system admins.

Here is the link:

Screenbert | 24 Apr 2007 | 10 comments

This article talks about the school system running so lean and mean (thanks to Symantec and Altiris products) that they don't have to waste money on high-paid IT folks.

In their own words:
"What's the point of having top-notch IT if the children are holding on all day and can't concentrate because they can't go to the stinking toilets?"

Pages 4 and 5 highlight some of the benefits of Altiris and Symantec, including allowing students to re-image their own PCs.

Read it for yourself ">here.

Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

Another chapter of the Altiris-sponsored eBook, "The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration" is now available for download.

This key chapter focuses on infrastructure preparation and security configuration. Get the download details here.

You can download Chapter 5 here.

Chapter 5: Excerpt

The entire group will be under the supervision of the logical architect or technical lead. In addition, this group must be integrated to the team as a whole as they will need to communicate with their PC counterparts in order to properly discover the expected changes on the network. As such, this group will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Gathering inventories in support of the initial situation analysis
    • Deploying...
Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 3 comments

Are you ready for Windows Vista migration? Make the smart move and migrate with Altiris!

Altiris invites you to attend a no-cost, half-day Windows Vista migration seminar, coming soon to a city near you.

Migrating to Windows Vista is not a question of when, but how. Whether you plan to deploy Vista as a mass migration project or gradually as new PCs are deployed, OS migration can be intimidating for any IT manager. But with Altiris, you can easily manage the mysteries of Vista migration.

At the seminar, our migration experts will explain how to conquer your migration fears with an automated migration plan rooted in best practices and an integrated solution that will help you

  • Reduce time to migrate
  • Diminish end-user downtime
  • Lower overall IT effort
  • Implement enterprise-wide system standardization...