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BRING | 12 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

Task Servers are a great new addition to any CMS environment. They can add an "instant response" feel to nearly any task. Making sure that the remote variety of Task Servers are talking correctly is usually pretty easy. Sometimes, however, they appear greyed-out in the UI, and you just don't know why.

A little SQL statement can give you the data you need to know about their status right away.

This info is found in an Altiris KB article entitled:

Verifying Remote Task Server Registration

Find it at:

and get your Task Servers on the active track.

Screenbert | 11 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

The article on "Building a Standard Vista Image" said that "comparing the advantages and disadvantages of WIM versus traditional imaging formats is beyond the scope of this document". So here is a rundown of the major features of Ximage (WIM) vs. Rdeploy.

Feature Rdeploy Ximage (WIM)
Supported Preboot Environments WinPE, Linux, DOS WinPE only
Multicasting Yes No
Can create partitions as needed Yes No
Heterogeneous Yes (FAT, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3) No (Windows Only)
File-based Yes Yes
Executable images Yes No
Sector-based Yes No
Offline Editing Yes...
trb48 | 10 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

I have posted several tips about how to speed up Windows Vista over the last few weeks. Today I found a pretty good guide that shows us how to speed up Windows XP. It brings up many good points.

Here is the link: Speedup Windows XP in Minutes!

trb48 | 09 Apr 2007 | 2 comments

Are you tired of deploying an image that is months (or years) behind in Windows Updates? Do you use WSUS, but it takes too long to get all of the updates installed? Or do you rebuild your personal computer and don't want to connect to the network until it is completely up-to-date?

The solution for you is a program called AutoPatcher. According to the AutoPatcher web site:

AutoPatcher is based on the functionality of these special updates, automating their installation process. This way, with only a few mouse clicks and two minutes of your time, AutoPatcher is able to continue with the installation of the items you selected. In short, AutoPatcher combines the advantage of both Windows Update (presentation and description of updates and automated installation), and the special administrative updates (portability and installation without the need of an Internet connection...

bsuggs | 09 Apr 2007 | 0 comments

Have you ever found yourself comparing GUIDs in ConflictManager and scrolling left to right trying to find which files to sync with which GUIDS? Scrolling back and forth can be a pain. Well, here is the solution.

All of the columns in ConflictManager can be moved. All you have to do is click and drag the column headers left or right.

This way you can place the file or registry name column beside the GUID column.

trb48 | 09 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

Windows Vista marked a brand new way to approach imaging. This brand new OS has caused all of us to re-learn our way around administering computers. Luckily, Microsoft has released a ton of resources to help us all figure out how to tackle this new IT challenge. Below is a list of Vista resources you cannot do without:

jsjj01 | 06 Apr 2007 | 8 comments

Have you ever tried to package an application only to see it blow up on you? We have all experienced the mysterious errors during software installations. How do we take an EXE and turn it into an MSI file? What switches are where and what exactly do they do? How do we do a complete install instead of a typical install? I have included some links that have helped me "master" the art of application packaging. Enjoy!

trb48 | 06 Apr 2007 | 4 comments

Windows Vista is a RAM hog! There is no way around it, unless you drop hundreds of dollars on more RAM! Well, I found an article over at ExtremeTech that may help. It explains different things system Admins can do to speed up Vista. It is definitely worth checking out!

Here is the article: Speed Up Windows Vista

trb48 | 05 Apr 2007 | 4 comments

I am really excited about Vista, but I want to be able to run certain apps (mostly games) on XP. Well, I found a sweet article on Lifehacker that shows us how to do both!

This is a good option for Admins. If you set this up on your master computer, and then you can take an image of that computer. This allows the best of both XP and Vista!

Here is the article:
Dual boot Windows XP on a pre-installed Vista PC

Screenbert | 05 Apr 2007 | 1 comment

When Upgrading Patch Management from 6.1 to 6.2 you may want to upgrade your NS server and then upgrade your Software Update Agents on your client machines at a later time.

This will work as long as you continue to import 6.1 PMImport updates instead 6.2 PMImport updates.

In order to do this, change your Patch Management configuration under Configuration -> Solution Settings ->Software Management ->Patch Management ->Server Settings ->Import Microsoft Software Management Resource.

Make note of the current URL and save it somewhere. Then put the old 6.1 URL in 

When you upgrade your clients, go ahead and change this again, putting in the 6.2 PMimport URL and you'll be set to go!