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ianatkin | 26 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Don't normally post about non-Altiris stuff but what NVidia has recently managed to do deserves applause.

NVidia have managed to create a technology which can model in *real-time* global lighting effects. This enables them to set up a scene model in memory and then perform a real-time photo-realistic render using their Maxwell engine. They decided, as a engine test, to see if the 1969 Lunar Landing photographs could be replicated with the only light source being the sun.  The question they wanted to answer was whether Buzz Aldrin was too brightly lit in his decent from the lander. If he was, then this would lend credence to the conspiracy theory that the landing was faked.

What they found is in NVidia blog and also this nice 10minute YouTube video

And the...

ianatkin | 19 Sep 2014 | 2 comments

I've been fiddling over the last wee while with an idea for DS6.9 (see my previous blog entry). I've been thinking about how to introduce a working method for implementing global variables.

You see, my complex jobs often have user-editable parameters scattered throughout them. Scattering variables throughout a jobs task is really messy (and makes them harder to maintain). So, I thought about how we could just have one place where we put these variables in a job.

A special task in DS6.9 would have been nice. Something like this,

parameters.png

But this doesn't exist... so I've implemented something less elegant, and a full article on that will be posted shortly. If you think this would be advantage you you (in both DS6.9 and DS7) please comment.

If you know people who *would* like...

ianatkin | 19 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Today I was reviewing one of my T-SQL User Defined Functions (UDFs) and got distracted on the SQL Blog site, sqlblog.com

An article by Hugo Kornelis  had caught my attention, T-SQL User-Defined Functions: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This caught my eye as as I often create T-SQL User Defined Functions (UDFs) in order to simplify the look of my T-SQL code and make pieces of it easier to maintain in the long term. Hugo however demonstrates quite clearly how implementing scalar UDFs can be really, really bad. The problem is their performance can't be optimised by the SQL engine, so each call to the UDF comes with the same cost. He then demonstrates massive performance gains by putting even simple UDF code in-line in your T-SQL.

His bad news doesn't end there -the execution plans also lie about the cost, hiding...

ianatkin | 05 Sep 2014 | 2 comments

I often find myself peeking into Altiris databases with the goal of finding a particular piece of information. The only problem is, I rarely know what table it's stored in.

There are three options at this point,

  1. Stare vacantly at the database, scanning through every table name waiting for an internal bell to tinkle
  2. Google till you dribble
  3. Run a SQL Query to find your table

In case you are an option (3) type of admin, this is the query to use,

SELECT  *
FROM    sys.tables
WHERE   Name LIKE '%BIOS%'

SELECT  *
FROM    sys.views
WHERE   Name like '%BIOS%'

Where here, in this instance, I'm looking for tables and views whose name includes the string "BIOS". This is a truely invaluable little query, and very helpful when trying to update reports across database versions. It's even quite handy if you simply are feeling a bit nosey.

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 04 Sep 2014

You may notice a few changes in the Endpoint Management Community product names. We've updated the product names to align more closely with what appears on the Symantec.com site as well as the terms that Symantec Support use. Product descriptions have also been updated. These changes offer a better description of what the product does and in some cases indicates a product's End of Life (EOL) status.

All forums and threads are still available and searchable. We hope you find these changes helpful.

ianatkin | 02 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Yesterday I was looking at my SMP licensing using SIM (the Symantec Installation Manager) and I was troubled that certain licenses might not be applying correctly.

So, I decided to take a look at the installed licenses through an alternative route, the RemoveLicense.exe utility which is located in C:\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\Bin\Tools

When I loaded it though, I got a dialog displaying the following error,

Can not get the license
System.Exception: Certificate Chain is invalid.
  at RemoveLegacyLicense.LegacyLicenseUtil.Verify(X509Certificate2certificate)
  at RemoveLegacyLicense.LegacyLicenseUtil.GetLegacyLicenses()

 

This is a known issue, and Altiris Support directed me to this SMP 7.0 and 7.1 tech note TECH198685,

This cites the following,

Microsoft released a critical update (...

kedar_k | 26 Aug 2014 | 8 comments

ITMS 7.5 SP1 HF2 is available through SIM. It has fixes for the following components:

  • Symantec Management Platform
  • Deployment Solution
  • Inventory Solution

You can access the ITMS 7.5 SP1 HF2 release notes from the following location:

Symantec™ IT Management Suite 7.5 SP1 HF2 powered by Altiris™ technology Release Notes

khelms | 25 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

When trying to access Process Manager portal the browser states "Page Cannot Be Displayed"

You may see these kinds of errors in the Windows Event Logs:

computer | Error | 10/27/2008 2:56:05 PM | Microsoft-Windows-IIS-W3SVC-WP | 2297
The worker process for application pool 'application pool id' encountered an error 'Configuration file is not well-formed XML
' trying to read global module configuration data from file 'path to the file', line number 'line number'. Worker process startup aborted.

Computer | Error | 10/27/2008 2:55:41 PM | Microsoft-Windows-WAS | 5172
The Windows Process Activation Service encountered an error trying to read configuration data from file 'path to the file', line number 'line number'.
The error message is: 'Configuration file is not well-formed XML '. The data field contains the error number.

 

 MicroSoft has a fix that may resolve your issue. The article is listed...

dpatterson3485 | 21 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

As suggested by the title I recently had a problem with MS revoking updates. It seems simple enough, but even though those updates are marked as disabled in the Altiris Database, the Zero-Day Patch workflow still tries to download them. This causes all kinds of problems because when the workflow can't download a patch it crashes. If you are like me you don't want to manually create and manage patches. So what do you do?

1. Figure out what database you are using. This seems simple enough, but if you have dealing with Legacy like we were it can get a little silly. CMDB is the default.

2. Check the correct tables in our case Altiris-2014. I jumped onto our SQL server and ran the following QUERY.

SELECT
TOP 1000 [Guid]
,[Enabled]
FROM [Altiris-2014].[dbo].[ItemActive]
--where Guid in ('41F066A7-0E7E-4BF1-B6A5-195573F9F3D6','BA28B8E2-289A-4FA3-8D6D-...

SK | 17 Aug 2014 | 1 comment

Hello avid packagers.  

I would just like to inform you that Raynet is aiming to add SWV support to its RayPack product by the end of September.  

I will update you again when it is available.  

Scott.