How to create scripts to install printers on WinXP

Our company just ran into this issue. We are undergoing a transition of employees from one section of the building to another section of the building. One of the challenges that we faced is getting the printers installed on the employees new locations. We used a combination of Altiris Software Delivery Solution and the Software…

HP Systems Insight Manager plugin

For those of you that have HP hardware in house, you probably/maybe have your Systems Insight Manager software installed somewhere to monitor your HP devices. Well, Altiris has a connector that you can install to allow you to view the data collected by the SIM tool within the Altiris Notification Server Console. You can get…

My Pirate Name is

My pirate name is: Red John Roberts Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate. Two things complete your pirate persona: style and swagger. Maybe a little too much swagger sometimes — but who really cares? Arr! Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.part of the fidius.org network

Running Altiris on your iPhone

I don’t have an iPhone, but I have an ipod touch. I ran across this the other day and thought it was too cool to not mention. Shane McLean has created .NET web application that queries an Altiris database using the safari browser on the iphone. You can see the details here . I tested…

Using SVS as a Portable App Creator

For those of you using Altiris Software Virtualization Solution, this may be of interest. Using the SVS Admin tool to create an SVS app, prepping the app and then exporting the vsa package somewhere. Now take the vsa package and use Winzip/7Zip or whatever zipping tool you prefer, to extract the package to a folder…

Using Custom Token Variables to Write DS Scripts

For those of you who are Deployment Server administrators, you will feel my pain, trying to write deployment server scripts without hardcoding the path of a server in the scripts. Why is this a problem, I only have 1 DS? If anyone has more than 1 DS you have probably done an export of a…

Altiris Linked In Group

For those of you using the LinkedIn network, there is a new group for altiris users. Great way to make contact with other users and find the possible altiris job you have been looking for.

Want to go Green? Use the Energy Saver Toolkit

Another freebee from Altiris is the Energy Saver toolkit. Yeah, I am sure all of you could figure out how to do this with AD group policy or something, but this is a no brainer easy to configure tool if you are using altiris. Pull it down from the altiris download portal or from your…

I’ve been on Hiatus

Yes, that’s right, I’ve been out of touch here. Too many things at my new job designing and implementing an Altiris infrastructure. Good news though, I am a customer again and no longer consulting so I may have more time to do things like post interesting tidbits on the blog. Stay tuned for more goodies…

Dell/HP Client Manager

Yes, they are vendor tools, and can help you. Both are a free plugin on Notification Server and will allow you to manage those specific types of vendor hardware. Both allow BIOS configuration changes as well as BIOS update options on a mass scale. Both require a license, but the license is free. HP Client…