Systems Management consolidation continues

HP aquired Novadigm. Altiris acquired Previo, Computing Edge, Wise, FSLogic, Bridgewater Tonic and Pedestal. Symantec have aquired Ghost, Powerquest and On Technologies. Novell aquired Ximian and Tally Systems. LANDesk was aquired by Avocent. Microsoft aquired Softricity and Desktop Standard. Now Symantec have spent again and announced the intent to acquire Altiris.

Training room fun

Ah – this takes me back ten years to 1997/1998 when I was training Intel LANDesk 2.52 and 6.x to customers. I’m in Singapore and training about 20 partners and internal people. 4 of the training room machines have hardware failure. It seems that about 20% failure rate is normal; the other two Novell tracks […]

100 days of ZENworks – Windows only management

I’m in Singapore at the Asia Pacific Partner Academy; we are training partners on the forthcoming ‘ZENworks Pulsar’ release. It’s just gone beta 1. One question that came up: How do I integrate ZENworks 7 with Active Directory? Well – here are the links. Here is a really cool article from Novell Connection Magazine; it’s […]

Final two Vista apps – solved

My final two ‘missing’ Vista applications got fixed today. Ping Plotter and Flash Video Studio. I had a problem with Ping Plotter crashing on installation and startup; I emailed Pete Ness the author – he found a problem with a component interacting with DEP on Windows Vista. Turns out that this fixed the Flash Video […]

digestIT 2004

I’m always needing to check the integrity of ISOs and other large downloads; I use md5sum on Linux – and now a new tool on Windows. digestIT 2004 is a free (beer not speech) tool for calculating the md5 and sha-1 checksums of files. There is also an interesting project – the Antares Project – […]

Vista launch – Singapore style

I’m in Singapore – it’s hot (28’C) and humid (90%) Walking around this morning with Mark – and we saw a huge advertising display for the Vista launch; tied in nicely to the Chinese Lunar New Year. More from Singapore later. Last time I was here was almost exactly four years ago.

Pandora Townhall

A week late posting this – sorry. For those that haven’t heard it – Pandora is an online music player – that plays music that you like and other music similar in style to it. We’ve been wowed by it for over 15 months. So late last week I read on the Pandora Blog that […]