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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...

stebro | 21 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

Endpoint Security Solution 6.0 Service Pack 1 is now available for download and installation. Be aware that 6.0 agents will not be able to receive policy updates from a 6.0 SP 1 server due to changes in policy encryption. It is recommended that the deployment of server and agent updates are implemented together.

New Features

  • Advanced scripting - This feature will allow custom VB or Java scripts to be distributed with a policy and triggered on a variety of events.
  • Improved Agent Protection - Configurable agent tampering and password protected agent uninstall can be enabled from the policy.
  • Diagnostic utility - A tool for better troubleshooting of policy issues.
  • ESS Dialog Access when Altiris Icon is Hidden - The Endpoint Security Solution dialog is available from the start menu for situations when the Altiris Agent system tray icon is hidden.


  • Large Files - The copying and reporting of large files to...
Annette Klomparens | 20 Mar 2007 | 1 comment

The User Interface script (Located in the MSI script of the Windows Installer Editor) is skipped when you remove an installation by selecting the Remove button in Add/Remove Programs. However, executing the .MSI directly to uninstall the installation does run through a User Interface during uninstall.

If you are seeing different behavior when you run the uninstall through Add/remove Programs than when you execute the .MSI directly, you should check the User Interface script for custom actions that have not been conditionalized.

Screenbert | 16 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

The network discovery process is a great feature in Altiris, but you can only input ranges to include or exclude one at a time. The console does not have an option to allow you to enter a list of ranges.

To get around this, right-click on the Network Discovery Policy and choose export. Save the XML file to your hard drive and open it with a text editor or an XML editor. Find the include IP or exclude IP range and just add additional ranges.

<include ip="" endMask="" type="range" /> 
<exclude ip="" endMask="" type="range" />

Just be sure to keep the same formatting and also to keep the includes and excludes in their appropriate sections.

After you add all your new inclusions or exclusions right-click on the folder that has your Network Discovery Policies and choose Import. Select the XML file you saved and edited and you now have all your entries.

This is a great time-saver when entering multiple entries...

erikw | 16 Mar 2007 | 4 comments

The date and the location for the SVS user meeting in the Netherlands is set.

The 26 of September in Utrecht.

SvS4U has managed to get some good international speakers to tell everything about SVS, and how to deploy and manage it.


The speakers that will be present and are known at this moment are:

  • Thomas Jenssen from Capasystems Denmark will talk about their new system.
  • Andre the Meijer from Altiris will talk about SVS in general.
  • Arie Joossen from Scense will talk about Scense.
  • Erik Westhovens Will talk about SvS4SBC (Citrix)
  • Edwin Charite from Deltaisis will talk about SVS and why you should choose it.


At the meeting there will also be an Expo where several companies will show their products and...

diluzio | 15 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

Okay, maybe there are times when you don't want users to vote on your knowledge base articles. If you're a member of that club, diluzio has figured out how to tweak the code and eliminate the votes.

As with any changes, make sure you have a good backup first.

Most importantly, make a copy of the ArticleView.ascx, in \Program Files\Altiris\Helpdesk\AeXHD\templates.

Then all you have to do is comment out one line in the ArticleView.ascx template. Comment out the line which starts: