Altiris Infrastructure Monitoring

I brought this topic up the other day at the Altiris Midwest User Group meeting at TAP Pharmaceuticals but wanted to mention it again as I hope you will use the free tools that Altiris provides to help with the day-to-day administration of Altiris products. Altiris provides a pretty decent server monitoring product, but it is typically used if you manage a server environment and it costs a bit of money that you may not necessarily have to spend. However, they provide the same Server Monitoring product that you can use on your Altiris Infrastructure for free. It is called Altiris Monitoring Solution for Altiris Infrastructure. You can download for free from Altiris. Once you go through the down load process, DO NOT forget to register it on their website and you will receive a license file good for 1000 nodes of the product. This can be used on your Notification Servers, Recovery Servers and Package Servers to keep track of their server performance and notify you of problems via email or SNMP traps. It comes with a report pack that includes reporting data on statistics of your event queue as well as the canned OS performance data reports including information on processor utilization, disk useage, database performance and event log data.Continue reading “Altiris Infrastructure Monitoring”

File Permissions and Attributes

I am sure that there are some of you out there that already know about this, but I find it is important enough to mention for those of you that don’t know. I ran into a rather peculiar situation the other day. I needed to change the folder attributes on a remote computer and also needed to grant some Domain NTFS rights to another folder on a remote computer. After doing some digging into my old tech notes, I ran across a couple of built-in utilities that resides on just about every Windows XP computer. I decided to test my options by using Altiris Deployment Server and a couple different jobs to make the two changes mentioned above. You can use the ATTRIB command to change the files attributes of a file or folder. You can use the CACLS command to change the NTFS permissions on a file. I created a deployment server job that contained a run script command something like this –> attrib + R %systemdrive%\myfolder\myfile.txt cacls %systemdrive%\myfolder /E /G %Domain Users%:W <– to grant the domain users group 'modify' permissions to this folder. I work in an environment where the end users have their computers locked down and do not have rights to do anything on their computers. However, there are some situations where the software they are using requires them to have rights to modify a file in a directory other than their 'My Documents' folder. Hence, the reason for creating a folder on the root of the drive and granting them those rights to that folder only. Software that requires that access level is installed in that directory to allow things to work as planned. I hope this has not confused things too much, and I hope you find it as useful as I did. Especially when it comes to changing things on hundreds of systems in a very short timeframe.

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