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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 software-repackaging.com) 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 ftp://ftp2.altiris.com/Download/KB35954/
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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:
http://www.bay-wolf.com/usbmemstick.htm

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...
Admin | 20 Apr 2007 | 29 comments

You may have noticed we're in the process of making changes to the pages that contain downloads. As always, (well, almost always:)) we're responding to user feedback and trying to improve the Juice experience.

The changes we're making will help in a couple of ways:

  1. Contributors will be able to upload updates to their own tools. Updates will be posted faster and our users can benefit from the new features quicker. In marketing speak, "time-to-market will be decreased".
  2. We'll be able to track how many times a tool or utility is downloaded. This is cool because popularity is often an indicator of a tool's usefulness. We'll be able to do some fun things with this information like create a "top downloaded" list.

Here are the visible changes you'll start to see immediately:

  1. Users will have to be logged in to download files.
  2. It will be impossible to bookmark a link directly to the download file and then (without logging in)...
Scott Jones | 19 Apr 2007 | 16 comments

We have a winner! (No more submissions, please.) Check out this labor of love for the full details.

Altiris awarded 1,000 Juice Points as a bounty for this commonly requested tool!

Background

Altiris is planning a feature for the next major release of SVS ("AutoCapture") that will allow end users to install their own software without breaking corporate standard apps. AutoCapture will also give IT the ability to make this personal stuff go away cleanly if they need to.

Two new things need to be done to support AutoCapture. First, a service needs to be built that reliably recognizes installation processes run from anywhere (including the Web) and triggers the SVS capture function to create a new layer. Also, SVS needs to be...

erikw | 18 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

Have you ever wanted to check what your security level is on you own PC? I found an Altiris link that gives you the ability to scan some rules.

Click to view.

Go to: http://www.pedestal.com/products/se/downloads/webs..., mark the rule the you wish to use, and click "Begin Audit".

The following message will appear:

Click to view.

Click yes to accept the message,...