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NetPoint Beta 1.1 Released!


June 14, 2006 – System administrators have always been faced with the complexities of tracking hardware and software installed on their networks. Neutex Systems today announces the release of NetPoint Beta 1.1, a complete hardware and software inventory system available for free to the general public at http://www.neutex.net.

“Conventional network inventory systems have amplified the complexities system administrators face in day to day operations. These systems typically require agents on remote systems, training, hours to implement, and are not cost effective. NetPoint addresses these problems by offering a web based network inventory system equipped with automated system discovery, agentless polling, and can be implemented in minutes. This simplified approach will appeal to many system administrators seeking to simplify their network operations.” says Shannon Ma, Founder of Neutex Systems.

NetPoint tracks 18 different hardware and software components that have been installed and uninstalled. These components consist of: BIOS, CDROM Drive, Disk Drive, Floppy Drive, Logical Disk, Memory, Modem, Monitor, Network Adapter, Operating System, Patch, Printer, Processor, Program, Sound Device, System, Video Controller, and Windows Service.

For more information please visit http://www.neutex.net.

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A solution to remotely deploy the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack


IS Decisions (http://www.isdecisions.com) announces the availability of software enabling instant remote deployment of MicrosoftÂ’s Compatibility Pack for Office 2007.


All Word, Excel or PowerPoint files created with Office 2007 will not be accessible to users running older versions of MicrosoftÂ’s office suite (Office 2000, XP, 2003).

In the near future this incompatibility can potentially generate serious communication problems for organizations as Office 2007 slowly gets rolled out worldwide.

Thus a Word 2003 user receiving by email a file in Word 2007 format will not be able to open it, modify it or save it.


To help their clients resolve the issue, Microsoft has made available a free “Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats”.

This free download, available in several languages including French, effectively allows users who have installed it on their desktop to open, modify and save files in the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 formats.

The Compatibility Pack can also be used with Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003 and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to display files saved in the new formats.

However, the application needs installing on all relevant desktops and laptops.


In order to allow organizations using Office 2000, XP or 2003 to rapidly and cost effectively deploy the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack, IS Decisions is offering 15 day temporary RemoteExec licenses at an exceptional rate (pricing starting at $0.22 per target system).

RemoteExec will deploy the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack within minutes on all the systems present in an environment, regardless of size.

RemoteExec will execute the deployment remotely without requiring an agent or any prior manual intervention whatsoever on targeted systems. RemoteExec will log any systems on which the operation failed. The log can then be directly injected as a target list for a subsequent pass.


IS Decisions supplies a fully detailed reference guide explaining the installation of the Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack using a “15 day” RemoteExec license. The licenses can be purchased online via a secure payment center.

Also, clients will be able to convert their “15 day” licenses to permanent licenses with a 10% discount off RemoteExec’s pricelist.

Full details on IS Decisions site:



Without requiring an agent or any prior manual intervention whatsoever on targeted systems RemoteExec allows you to instantly and remotely execute programs (.exe, .bat, .cmd), scripts (.vbs, .js), program associated file types (.txt, .doc, .wav, .reg, .inf, .msi, ...), to copy folder(s)/file(s), ...

Using RemoteExec an administrator can:

- Add/Modify/Delete registry keys and/or values

- Install patches, Service Packs and hotfixes.

- Deploy Windows Installer packages (MSI) in silent mode

- Close down a custom selection of servers and desktops

- Close a custom selection of user sessions

- Reboot distant computers

- Deploy and regularly synchronize data files and folders on remote systems

- Modify the local administrator passwords on all workstations

- Â…

Full details about RemoteExec:



IS Decisions, founded in 2000 and based in Biarritz (France), specializes in editing security and change management solutions for Microsoft® Windows® infrastructures.

The software developed by IS Decisions cover both domains with the following features:

Security, by providing network administrators with the tools necessary for

- proactive system auditing and analysis,

- enhanced patch / application / data deployment and system action,

- network access security, management and reporting,

- sensitive data and process monitoring and enhanced alert triggering.

Change Management, by giving network administrators the ways and means to easily and rapidly generate and maintain an updated, comprehensive knowledgebase of all managed resources, and by providing the technology to analyze, monitor and intervene instantly on these resources.

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Computer Associates CA World Event

Computer Associates is going to be hosting an event called CA World, it is geared towards IT admins and managers, but will have courses for just about everybody in the field. Just a FYI. Information is avaialbe here www.ca.com/caworld/05k

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New Deployment Book

While it is not the Windows Installer focused book I was planning to write with Nelson and Danielle, we did finally publish a book together: Deploying and Administering Windows Vista Bible. Its contents align with what most of us who spend time at AppDeploy do day to day:

The first eight chapters (by myself) cover planning the deployment, creating basic Windows images, managing licensing and activation, working with Windows Installer, migrating user data, managing windows images, using MDT 2008, and using Windows Deployment services. The remaining chapters (by Nelson and Danielle) cover managing change in Vista, administering workstations, securing the workstation, protecting user data and recovering damaged systems and lost data.

This book started over a year ago so it is nice to report it is finally available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470180218

From the back cover...

Safely deploy Windows Vista across your enterprise

If you're responsible for deploying Windows Vista across an enterprise, this is the book you need to succeed. Packed with over 500 pages of best practices, sound techniques, and in-depth guidance, it's a must-read whether you're coming to Vista cold or are migrating from an older Windows operating system. Configure a secure network for your business, handle troubleshooting, and avoid pitfalls with this valuable resource from a top-notch team of Windows systems veterans.

  • Plan for effective deployment with the right strategies

  • Understand licensing and activation and how it affects your deployment

  • Use the System Preparation tool and ImageX to create custom images

  • Migrate user data, set up boot images, and build desktop solutions

  • Implement Group Policies and administer workstations remotely

  • Protect your data and systems with the most effective security

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Free Version of SparkleFlow!

A helpful tool for managing packaging projects will soon be availalable in a "free" edition:


"To make SparkleFlow available for small projects with a tight budget we have developped a free version. Although it is a free giveaway it is still a very powerfull and usefull application. It can be used for packaging projects, virtualisation projects or a mix of both. It will create a directory structure to store all files, it will hold all documents (even with revision history), it can store all comments about an application (even with drag and drop inclusion of al kind of files), it will use check boxes to follow progress and it can use assignments."



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