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Screenbert | 02 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

If you ever need to execute a method against different DS servers when using the Web service in the ASDK use this code to switch between servers. This is useful when you need to find out which DS server a computer is located on and then execute a method against that computer.

ComputerManagementService computerManagement = new ComputerManagementService();
String strTargetServer = "SERVER.DOMAIN.COM";
computerManagement.Url = string.Format( "http://{0}/Altiris/ASDK.NS/ItemManagementService.asmx", strTargetServer);
CredentialCache cache = new CredentialCache();
cache.Add( new Uri(itemMS.Url), "Negotiate", new NetworkCredential( username, password, domain ) );
computerManagement.Credentials = cache;

Just change the strTargetServer to the next server. You could wrap this code in your own method to loop through all your servers and return the proper server that has the computer you are looking for.

Admin | 30 Mar 2007 | 2 comments

It's costing more and more to lose data, according to a survey of companies that recently experienced customer data loss. Can you afford $182 for each name that seeps through your security? Get the scoop on the report from here.

Here's an excerpt:

Data breaches cost companies an average of $182 per compromised record, a 31% increase over 2005, according to the survey conducted by the Elk Rapids, Mich.-based Ponemon Institute.

Ponemon studied 31 companies that experienced a data breach. The total costs for each loss ranged from less than $1 million to more than $22 million, according to the 2006 findings.

Read the complete report here.

trb48 | 29 Mar 2007 | 21 comments

I was surfing the web today and I ran across this article: "The Lazy Guide to Installing Knoppix on a USB Key". This could the the solution to everyone's WinPE licensing woes. If we can install Knoppix on a USB key, and use it to deploy images life would be great. Why? Because Knoppix is FREE!

There are many benefits of using a USB key. The most obvious to me is that you can keep your data from session to session. Another is you can install software (i.e. all the files you need to deploy an image). Hopefully, the networking drivers will already be packaged in Knoppix.

trb48 | 29 Mar 2007 | 2 comments

I was just reading Universal Silent Switch Finder posted by duijsterj. I really liked the tool because I have spent a lot of time creating what I call Silent Install Packages (and the tool that he mentioned will save me a ton of time in the future).

Basically, if I have to install something I will find out all of the switches I need to use to make it install itself. Here are some resources that I have found that makes creating silent install packages much easier:

Screenbert | 29 Mar 2007 | 5 comments

There is a KB article available for "Common problems for very large environments" and is #26878. Particularly interesting is the last item under NS relating to IIS and .NET's debug mode for asp pages.

Quite a few solutions that are out right now that mistakenly have Debug enabled. This causes additional load on IIS / NS server.

Turning the debugging off on the pages should help in these three areas according to the KB article.

  1. The compilation of ASP.NET pages takes longer (since some batch optimizations are disabled)
    This can be seen in the initial viewing of each NS console page
  2. Code can execute slower (since some additional debug paths are enabled)
  3. Much more memory is used within the application at runtime
    This is of particular importance on NS servers with 2GB of...
DavidLockwood | 28 Mar 2007 | 2 comments

The Active Setup key in the registry allows you to specify a command that should run the first time a new user logs on. You can do some pretty cool things once you know how to leverage this key. Read on to get started.


Using Active Setup

An application needs to launch a repair when a new user logs on to insert per-user information in to the user profile. Examples of per-user information might be a registry key under HKCU or a file in the user profile under the My Documents folder.

In order to activate a repair a valid application entry point must be launched (advertised shortcut, extension, COM information).

What if an application doesn't have an entry point? What about a plug-in for Excel with no shortcut? Oh dear.


Active Setup

The Active...

stebro | 27 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

Release versions for Endpoint Security Solution are as follows.

6.0 GA - 243
Hot Fix 1 - 244
Hot Fix 2 - 244
6.0 Service Pack 1 – 357

Versions will appear in the Solutions Center as well as the Altiris Agent details. The major version will appear as 6.0 in the solutions center, but 3.2 in the Altiris agent.

For example, 6.0 GA will appear as 6.0.243 in the Solutions Center and 3.2.243 in the Altiris Agent details.

trb48 | 25 Mar 2007 | 6 comments

Do you ever have to push out large software packages to thousands of computers under your care? If you push out a big software package does it always install? Here's a secret that'll help with the heavy lifting.

When I have pushed out large software packages I always ran into the same problem: there was not enough time at night to push the software out and install it. This became a big problem under a tight schedule.

After trying several different work-arounds, I came up with a really simple, yet effective solution:

  • Create a job in Deployment Console that copies the software package to destination computers. This should be done during the day.
  • Create a second job, that is scheduled to run at night. This job will actually install the software.

This way, you can install the software on all of the...

BRING | 25 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

In this day and age, tight security is something we all strive for. As a means to that end, changing the expected lay of the land (using non-standard server ports) is a route some of you are taking to slow down the bad guys. If you've wanted to use these ports in your Altiris client communication, here's the guide.

On the outset, it can seem to be a daunting task. However, a recent article added to the Altiris Knowledge Base can help you get it done.

Titled "Notification Server and Non Standard Ports", this is the step-by-step guide to getting your environment talking a bit more securely.

See KB Article 33867, found at:

trb48 | 23 Mar 2007 | 9 comments

Windows XP comes with a number of cool features -- some of which many of us haven't had time to explore enough to fully understand. One such feature is System Restore. Here's some info about the System Restore feature and a suggestion as to when you might want to switch it off.

System Restore periodically takes a snapshot of your computer. You can use the snapshots to restore your computer to a previous state. Windows automatically and regularly makes snapshots to help save your neck when your computer unexpectedly dies. Some programs will actually create a snapshot before they install themselves -- just in case.

If, for example, you are using SVS to test applications, or your solution to fixing...