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Utilize Your SMS Wealth - Part III

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Sep 18, 2000


Pierson Glyn-Williams
Systems Integrator

Disclaimer: Let me state clearly, that I am in no way associated with the Altiris company. All information I provide is at my own discretion and in no way is my employer responsible for the articles or comments I so choose to publish.  If you are interested in becoming more familiar with any of the associated products mentioned throughout this article, previous articles or future articles, please visit the related vendor sites.

In the last article we looked at the products we will be using to develop an Inventory Management System. The information from this series of articles is based on cumulative knowledge, which is one of the reasons why I didn't provide subtitles for each of the articles.

In the last article we looked at the products we will be using to develop an Inventory Management System.  The information from this series of articles is based on cumulative knowledge, which is one of the reasons why I didn't provide subtitles for each of the articles. I took you through an overview of the Altiris product line that we are using and how they will be used in our system. Now, it is important to break down everything that needs to be done in order to achieve our objective, which is to create a web application on top of Altiris.

I am going to treat this series of articles like an open source project. I had a couple requests to send over a project breakdown, so I edited out any sensitive information and the results are below. The next articles we will detail how we accomplished each of the core tasks to reach our milestones. Feel free to send feedback or comments regarding what you would like to see in any upcoming articles.

Don't be too concerned about the things you don't understand. We will be diving right in to these tasks as we move forward. We are currently at task 38-40 right now. We had many snags in the installation and configuring Altiris which I will post as separate articles. These snags add for great content since none of the solutions is presently published in the community.

ID

Task_Name

1

Install and Configure Altiris

2

   Clean Removal of Evaluation Configuration

3

   Prepare to Install Notification Server

4

   Install Notification Server

5

   License Manager

6

   Install Inventory Solution Component

7

   Install Web Admin for SMS Component

8

   Configure Notification Server

9

      Configure Agents for XML output

10

         Configure Machine Inventory Agent

11

         Configure Inventory Solution Agent

12

         Configure Exchange Agent

13

         Configure Serial Number Agent

14

         Configure SMS integration

15

         Configure Altiris to post XML inventory data instead of MIF

16

         Set Notification Server Security Context

17

         Enable Pivot reporting for Inventory Solution

18

         Enable WebAdmin

19

         TroubleShooting

20

         Configure NS Client

21

         Create NS client package

22

         Push Notification Server Client to Client Computers

23

         Get confirmation for NS Policies (Polling Schedules,etc)

24

         Configure Event handlers for Pro-Active Error response

25

Preparing Data Sources

26

   Establish connection to Altiris database

27

      Install the SQL Analyzer and Enterprise MGR

28

      Access rights

29

      Consolidation of Equipment database (Older System)

30

      Prepare a PeopleSoft View (for CostCentre & CostCentre MGR)

31

      Gain access to Property Services database (for Floor, Location, WorkStationID, and CostCentre)

32

      Create a view in to Property Services

33

   Verify Altiris data (2days)

34

      Exchange data counts accurate? # of employees,etc.

35

      Exchange data just queried? Or is it placed in Alritis database?

36

      Consideration for Standalone inventory?

37

Build an initial view

38

   Verify data and get an overview of the data tables

39

   Create asp form (read,write,delete) record form into Altiris

40

Customize Altiris database to the Inventory Management System

41

   Extend Altiris database to prepare for importing of equipment mdb table(s)

42

   Verify Tables with Client (Management)

43

   Ensure data and tables are unqiue

44

   Port over data from equipment mdb to IMS

45

   Extend Altiris database to include fields from PeopleSoft view

46

   Extend Altiris database to include fields from Property Services view

47

   Lease Management (1week) - dependecies

48

      Implement Contract Mgt to Extend IMS and create canned reports

49

      Verify calculations against those of our current system

50

      Port lease data from equipment mdb to IMS

51

      Verify calculations and data

52

   Build Inventory Management System (23days) dependencies

53

      Assess client requirements, expectations and define workflow process

54

      Client to define values to port over from equipment mdb (Older system)

55

      Define fields and view for each page of the interface

56

      Define all calculations for IMS

57

      Create each page of IMS (asp,j/vbscript)

58

      Add trigger -- event procedure to populate IMS from PS view

59

      Add and verify calculations

60

      Run tests to ensure that data entered or changed does not get overwritten by Altiris polling process

61

      Pass parameters and queries to web reports (Inquire about a dev contact from Altiris)

62

      Implement Event Procedures (4days)

63

         When a new machine is added to the network an email event is triggered

64

         Incomplete records trigger an event procedure

65

         Testing and training (4days) dependent

66

Setup Security, Custom Views and Additional Reports (7days)

67

   Create custom views and access rights for Mgt

68

   Create custom views and access rights for Support

69

   Create custom views and access rights for OPS

70

   Create any outstanding reports which are not currently available as a canned report

71

Configure Audit Agent (audit.rul)

72

   Create custom groups for software audits

73

   Create groups for standard and non-standard software

74

   Ignore version build data?

75

   Exclusion Filters

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