Norton1 – service crash… fixes and post-crash changes

Norton1 shut itself off late last week. Stefanie had a look at it and managed to get it back on it’s feet:

RESOLVED that we need to look at changes to services on Norton1/2:

  • auto purging to old quarantine files
  • auto purging of AV service events for faster loading of log viewers
  • load balancing of client across Norton1/2 for better performance/reliability
  • potential benefits of upgrade to SAV 10.0
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Legato License Service: RPC Port

I wonder if port of the problem I have been having connecting to the AX applications on IMGX owing to some sort of Firewall problem.

The only service that has been installed on any of the imaging servers that appears to be of any potential relevance is the “Legato Licensing Server” on DOCIMG1. Netstat -ano reveals that this service is listening at port 9152… this port is not available through the internal firewall.

I will switch this server to port 6252 (currently port of the 100-port range for RPC’s made available through our internal firewall). This setting is made in the registry at:
HKLM:SOFTWARELegatoLicense ServerRPC
REG_SZ Value: TcpIpEndPoint
After restarting the service and running another Netstat -ano, I now see that the license service is listening at port 6252. Yeah!

Update: Last week our WX instance broke… EMC support blames this on the port change. I have reverted to port 9152, and will need to get this exempted on the firewall.

Unattended 2k3 server setup

Geoff wants to configure Unattended to allow for scripted installed of 2k3 servers.

Our thoughts are to provide a script that will:

  1. Create regular fixed system partition sizes
  2. Install standard system components: Backup, Power, Management, SNMP
  3. What else? Std. local admin password?

??? What about the Dell partition, with Utils??? Is it worth it?

Some discovered resources:
Unattended.txt -> When running the windows setup ‘.exe’ files, you can use a /unattended= argument to use different answer files for different workgroups. The “Setup Manager” tool can be used to generate a “Uniqueness Database File” (UDF) which can be user to define computer names, and apparently to link different answer files to these defined machines as well… I will need to look into how this is done.

Oracle 10g Instant Client

Did some work on AX client installation today. I wanted to see how hard it will be to do a Oracle 10g Instant client install… looks pretty easy, although I don’t see why those $%#$%$# at Oracle can’t be bothered to make a light-weight MSI installer for the 10g client… it is the messy Java “Universal Installer”, or the installer-free “instant client”. Bah!

anyway, here is what I did…

-Go to oracle.com, downloads, database, 10g Instant Client, log in, fetch the Instant Client Base package, and the SQLPlus files. also grabbed the ODBC files, even though I do not really need them at this time.
-Extract all of these .ZIP files to C:Program FilesOracle InstantClient
-SET the System Variable PATH to include the instantclient_ subdirectory of the above path
-SET the new System variable SQLPATH to the same value just appended to PATH, above
-SET the new System variable TNS_ADMIN to the same as SQLPATH, but append “admin”.
-Create a new folder “admin” in the instant client directory
-Create a TNSNAMES.ORA file in this location, past required entries into it (copied from the %ORACLE_HOME%networkadmin directory on the server “DOCIMG1”).
-Run the ODBC Installer .BAT file in the instant client directory
-Log out, then log in again to initialize the newly set variables.
-Test connectivity to the IMG databases using SQLPlus.exe:
C:> sqlplus @imgy.world

Now I can install XSAdmin and ApplicationXtender applications. Connecting meerly requires that I select the correct Data Source provider (Microsoft OLE provider for Oracle).

Citrix Printing

Some discovered information on how Citrix prints (that is, when it actually prints at all…)

Citrix performs “automatic printer creation” for ICA client sessions. When a client uses ICA to connect, the Citrix server creates a “local” printer that points back down the ICA pipe to the client’s locally defined printers. The Server must have a driver which matches the client’s. If I have a Canon IR2300 printer defined locally, the Citrix server must have this same driver loaded and ready. Applications on the server will format print jobs using it’s own driver, and then send them back to the client.

Exceptions to this client/server driver 1:1 driver mapping can be made in the wtsuprn.inf file:
%System Root%system32wtsuprn.txt
Here, you can assign specific driver names to a different driver already present on the server. Most commonly, we map printers to a relatively generic PCL driver such as the HP LJ 4000 or LJ4. This is a Good Thing, because it allows the sysadmin to avoid loading untested/unstable drivers (think “Savin”) on the terminal server.

Unfortunately, this does not always work. Some printers, such as most Savin printers we have worked with, simply refuse to map, and they do not even have the courtesy of logging errors on client connect.

Citrix recommends using the “Universal Printer Driver” for troublesome printers. Unfortunately, the UPD is not available under MetaFrame 1.8 (which is what we are using). So, the short answer to the question “why is my Savin printer not working with Citrix” is “because it is not supported”.

Additional discoveries:
You can see which printers were autogenerated for a client by looking in the registry.
HKU://Printers/Citrix/
shows all of the printers mapped for a currently logged-in user. Note that reg keys are loaded at user login time.
You can determine a user SID by issuing the following command line:
dsquery user -samid | dsget user -sid

If you want to see the user hive for a non-logged in user, you will have to import it from:
:Documents and Settings\USER.DAT