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Jeanne | 08 Mar 2007 | 1 comment

Let me start this by saying I know how helpful Active Directory (AD) can be. Unfortunately, our network admin has yet to learn this valuable life lesson ;)

We started out with Deployment Solution installed with AClient. We then upgraded to CMS Level 1 and installed a Notification Server since we do not have AD and our network is segmented with VLANs.

The challenge was to get the Altiris Agent deployed to each of the systems without the help of AD. To complicate matters, our systems are locked down with DeepFreeze since we are a college.

One of my staff members wrote a little script to get the systems unfroze and another script to refreeze them. We then created a Rapid Install Package (RIP) and installed the agent in the RIP. This allowed us to get the Agent on all of our lab systems and start using the NS console.

EWANG | 07 Mar 2007 | 2 comments

One of the best ways to learn how to create a customized report is to get familiar with the Altiris Database. The steps in this tip were written to get you started on the road to custom report creation.

Let's try to build a report from the simple report template. We'll use "Computer Asset" as an example.

Figure 1. Report Builder.

Click to view.

Select "Computer" for the Data Type.

Click on the "Fields" link and select the fields you wish to display. (for this scenario I decided to use Domain, Name, and perhaps IP address).

Figure 2. Field Selection...

erikw | 03 Mar 2007 | 0 comments

The Dutch SVS Web site now has some content in English. We noticed that a lot of our visitors are foreign, to support them we put some translated articles on the site.

You can visit the site at:

If you can translate items in German, please feel free to contact me.

Admin | 28 Feb 2007 | 3 comments

Daylight Savings Time (DST) start and end dates are changing in the US. The start date is three weeks earlier (March 11 this year). The end date is one week later (the first Sunday in November). We found this article (and a few custom tools) in the knowledgebase that'll help you understand what to expect and how to prepare.

Heads Up

You IT pros working in the US are probably painfully aware of the change in the law that specifies Daylight Savings Time start and end dates. You may not know, however, that Altiris Inventory Solution can help get your systems ready for the change.

This knowledgebase article that gives the full details (and includes a custom inventory and a set of custom reports to boot!). Here's an excerpt:

Five reports will be imported. All five reports can be confured to report on a selected...

BRING | 23 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Question from a real user: "I thought installing a Service Pack would be easy. But after installing Service Pack 1, Local Security Solution is not working correctly and I have some weird errors in my Notification Server logs. What gives?"

Answer from a real smart egg in Altiris support: "The details of the logs indicated that there were some specific assemblies that were not loaded correctly. The good news is that there is a solution."

More details and a resolution can be found at:

Admin | 16 Feb 2007 | 1 comment

We are happy to announce that HP Client Manager 6.2 is now available. HP Client Manger is the hardware management tool of choice for HP workstations, business PCs and notebook computers.

New in HP Client Manager 6.2 is support for Vista clients and Vista-ready reports. The ability to globally determine which HP systems meet the criteria for running Windows Vista is essential for planning effective company-wide Vista rollouts.

Note: Vista support requires the updated Altiris Agent included in Notification Server 6.0 SP3 R4, which is not due to ship for several weeks.

Also new in HP Client Manager 6.2 is integration with Out of Band Management Solution. IT managers will now be able to use HPCM to perform discovery, hardware inventory, power management, alerting, and other configuration tasks on their HP vPro systems,...

Admin | 16 Feb 2007 | 6 comments

Listen to this second podcast that supports The Definitive Guide® to Vista Migration eBook.

From this second podcast in a new series from Microsoft MVP's Nelson and Danielle Ruest, you will learn about the considerations for creating a migration plan, as well as the actual actions and tasks necessary to begin a migration to the Vista OS. This podcast is offered in conjunction with the new eBook entitled The Definitive Guide® to Vista Migration.

Podcast 2: Planning your Migration, by Danielle and Nelson Ruest, is available here.

eorme | 15 Feb 2007 | 6 comments

In environments where security is a major issue, many network administrators have elected to not use PXE on their servers. This doesn't mean, however, that Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 2.0 SP1 cannot be used to perform configurations. Follow these steps to create an automation disc which will allow you boot into automation and configure BIOS/BMC/DRAC/RAID or deploy an operating system all without PXE.

I'm using Linux in this example, but WinPE is done in a similar way.

Prerequisites: Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 2.0 SP1 on DS 6.8 or newer.

Step 1: Go to Tools->Boot Disk Creator and create a new configuration.

Step 2: Name your configuration, select Linux, and change the OEM extensions from "<none>" to "<default>". This will inject all of the Dell drivers that are needed in order to boot the Linux automation properly. If you experience difficulties with that image, you may try the "Dell" as an...

Admin | 15 Feb 2007 | 2 comments

This is the first in a series of Vista Migration podcasts sponsored by Altiris. In this episode, Microsoft MVPs Danielle Ruest and Nelson Ruest lay the foundation of a successful migration starting with step 1 of their 10-step migration program: To migrate, or not to migrate?

Listen online or copy the MP3 file to your favorite player to make that time on the treadmill (or the turnpike) educational.

Click here to start listening. (Right-click to download the podcast to your computer).

eorme | 14 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers v2.0 SP1 when installed on DS 6.8 not only injects Dell specific drivers and services into your default PXE boot images, but also gives you the option of incorporating these tools into any Linux or WinPE PXE boot image you create (DOS doesn't need any modifications).

To begin, open PXE Configuration Utility.

  1. Click "New" and Type in the name for your new environment.
  2. Select your Operating System and Processor Options.
  3. Click "Create Boot Image"
  4. Under the "OEM Extensions" section change the selection from "<none>" to "<default>". If you run into problems with your images not building properly, you may fall back on selecting "Dell".
  5. Continue building the image, and once the image is built and saved you are ready to begin using Dell DTK jobs using...