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Chad Dupin | 24 Oct 2013 | 0 comments


We’re loading up the RV and hitting the road with Symantec to talk about Altiris 7.5. And We’re Coming To A City Near You.

Okay, we’re not actually loading up an RV, but it sure would be fun if we could!  We’re so excited to be part of this big release. The Altiris experts from ITS will review the 7 and a half reasons everyone should consider upgrading to the Altiris 7.5 platform. We’ll provide an overview of the features and capabilities that are new to the 7.5 platform, as well as how those will enable better management of your IT environment. You’re probably asking yourself, what are we actually going to talk about? Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • Cloud Enabled Management
  • Deployment Solution
  • Macintosh Management
  • Performance
  • ...
AndyN | 09 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Thanks to everyone who attended today's webcast announcing the official launch and availability of Symantec Endpoint Management 7.5 solutions powered by Altiris technology!

Listen to the webcast recording:

Slides are included with this blog post.

Please also visit our Upgrade to 7.5 page to find data sheets, quickstart cards, videos, and other helpful information:

Additional links that might be useful:

Ludovic Ferre | 07 Oct 2013 | 3 comments

The update for 7.5 has hit, so 7.5 is now GA.

Here are some information from the product listing:

file md5  = b8675ec97437e633fbcad1c112a6a557
file size = 15 361 694 bytes
timestamp = 2013-10-03 10:59

And here its the full file list (and handfull as you could guess :D):

Ludovic Ferre | 03 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

With the 7.5 release being so close I decided to check whether the 7.1 based Patch Automation tools I have written will work in 7.5.

And I'm glade to report here that everything (so far) is working properly. The only important thing here is that you need to take a copy of the 7.1 Altiris.PatchManagementCore.Web.dll [1].

I'll probably do more detailed testing in the coming few days but I guess there'll be a lot of (positive) noise about the 7.5 release. So I decided to bit it by a few days ;).

Finally, here's a screen shot of ZeroDayPatch version 8 running on my 7.5 server, just for the fun of it:


[1] If you cannot find the correct DLL version please send me a direct message and I will get it to you.

Santana_Villa | 27 Sep 2013 | 1 comment


Symantec Connect Community Webcast:

Endpoint Management 7.5


Webcast Details:

Wednesday, October 9
11:30 am EDT

Please join us for a special webcast on Wednesday, October 9 for the launch of SymantecTM Endpoint Management 7.5 powered by AltirisTM technology!

We will discuss how Endpoint Management 7.5 solutions will make your job easier, provide a few demo’s, and learn about some of the experiences of early adopters.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get up to speed on 7.5 and the latest news from Symantec!



Ludovic Ferre | 24 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

I have just released version 12 of the Site Builder on the Connect download [1]/

Here's the shortlog I added to the download:

Version 12 is here with massive amount of changes. A full release note article will be published soon, but here's a short list of additions / improvements:

  • All dates are not ISO based and displayed on the graphs using the MMM dd (for example 2013-07-14 is displayed Jul 14)
  • We have a new site layout that lists all Microsoft bulletins by month, all the way to January 2009
  • We now have a site map listing all generates pages and sub-pages
  • Headers (linked or not) were on all stub pages
  • A navigation tool allow the suer to quickly go back home, to the sitemap or help center
  • A help center (empty for now)
  • We filter out superseded / inactive updates / bulletins from the site
  • We added a Compliance by Computer page that use a range selector
  • We have used the same...
Ludovic Ferre | 09 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

After I posted my previous blog entry [1] I went to implement a solution (for which the documentation is done and awaiting moderation to be release here on Connect).

It worked pretty well, but still we have far too many basic inventory coming in. A look at captured NSE's indicated that there is another problem with inventories hijacking the Basic Inventory Capture Item:

Sample 1:

<?xml version='1.0' ?>
<from><resource guid='{ffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff}' typeGuid='{493435F7-3B17-4C4C-B07F-C23E7AB7781F}'/></from>
<body><inventory><dataClass guid="ca029e6b-f124-4399-9b91-10c41b73165b"><data><resource partialUpdate="true"><row PolicyGuid="ffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff" TaskInstanceGuid=...
ianatkin | 06 Sep 2013 | 6 comments


Been messing the last few days with a combination of t-sql and Word macros to create a way of documenting the policies and rules for Altiris Monitor 7.1 servers.

All pretty much done, so am writing up for CONNECT.

Here's a taster graphic though of the end-result which was created by,

  1. Running some SQL
  2. Pasting the results into Excel
  3. Copy/Pasting table from Excel into Word
  4. Clicking on a Macro button
  5. Selecting a table layout and adjusting columns

All in all a couple minutes work! The symbols you see are shorthands for severity, agentbased/agentless, repeats and alert reset method.


Ludovic Ferre | 05 Sep 2013 | 2 comments

Today is riddle day. So here it is in full:

When is a basic inventory not a basic inventory?

When it's a custom inventory!!!

So, now this explains why we are getting thousands of customer inventory every day at my customer. The custom inventories are generated by VBS and as documented here on Connect [1] (and I'm sure in much of the product documentation) we generate NSE's with a msgTo element pointing to the Basic Inventory Dataclass:

'----------------------NOTIFICATION SERVER ENTRY STARTS HERE------------------
dim nse
set nse = WScript.CreateObject ("Altiris.AeXNSEvent")
nse.To = "{1592B913-72F3-4C36-91D2-D4EDA21D2F96}" 'Never change this guid, it is needed by NS.
nse.Priority = 1
dim objDCInstance
set objDCInstance = nse.AddDataClass ("{8284a0ad-b37f-4c9b-b0ad-cb92f97d7401}") ' Change this to math the guid of the custom data class
dim objDataClass
set objDataClass...