Wednesday, October 29, 2008
OK, so I finally admit that riding a bike is cheaper transportation than driving a car. If you cooincidently live far enough away from work, you can definitely lose weight as well. Since I live 25 miles from work, a ride on a bicycle three days a week, well, you do the math. This has helped me to lose 25 lbs., plus it has put a little more pep in the step and allowed me to try out a couple of triathlons too. I would absolutely, without question, take up biking as an exercise routine. If you can get away with riding to work, you take advantage of saving the gas as well. Some companies like mine provide financial assistance for car-pooling, biking, motorcycling to work. I also believe that part of the bailout bill allows for tax breaks for bicycle commuters.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I ran across this scenario this week and thought you might be interested in an easy way to brand the software portal with your corporate logo.
I renamed the disks.gif file in the %programfiles%\altiris\software delivery subdirectory to disks.gif_bak. I then modified our corporate logo to be the same size as the original gif file making sure the background of the logo was transparent, and named it disks.gif and copied it into the same directory.
The file I replaced provided the CD/Disk logo that was in the upper left pane of the software portal. This was easier than installing the Altiris SDK and becoming a codemaster. Although this is probably now supported, I found it an easy way to brand the software portal that we are about to use for departmental moves and software requests. The end result will look something like the screenshot attached.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Example to deploy package to all domain users on a computer silently:
myprofilepackage.exe -user:\mydomain\* -q
The trick here is that when creating a personality package from the template, you are logged into a computer with a domain account that has access to the computers you plan to deploy the package to.
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /n \\myprinterserver\myprintshare .
If you want to see the options for using this tool you can open a CMD Prompt and type in the following to see the help options for using this tool.
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /?
My company uses the Altiris Software Portal with the printers available as shown below.
Monday, March 24, 2008
I have a few DS servers called ServerA, ServerB, and ServerC.
Each DS has it's own eXpress database with a custom table created called 'ds_server' with a column name called 'filestor' with a varchar50 setting.
ServerA has a sharename called \\SiteA\myshare, ServerB has a share name called \\SiteB\myshare, etc....
On each DS I have added the share name to the tables so that ServerA's eXpress database table called ds_server has a location added in the filestor column with \\SiteA\myshare as the location, ServerB's eXpress database table has a setting of \\SiteB\myshare, etc... You get the picture.
Now when writing my jobs, instead of doing something like:
REM Install Adobe Reader from software share
%windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /i \\SiteA\myshare\adobereader\reader.msi /qb
I can use the option of using my custom token and make my script importable into each DS without having to change the path to the MSI package:
REM Install Adobe Reader from some file server
%windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /i %#!DS_Server@FileStore%\adobereader\reader.msi /qb
The idea here is that I have a replicated software repository\file share on each site that I manage with my Deployment Servers, and I reference the location to the actual fileshare by passing the token variable in the script and it is translated to the actual UNC path to the file server at that site.