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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Disable Vault Cache for Symantec EV Vault

“How to disable vault cache on a per machine basis”

Background

When setting a machine to be used in kiosk mode, Terminal Services, or Vmware View, it is usually best practice to optimize the operating system for multiple user logins. That means disabling unnecessary features and caching to increase speed, reduce disk space and I/O. Most of you are probably aware of the big ones like Outlook Cached Exchange Mode and Offline Files, but I have found Symantec Enterprise Vault (SEV) cache to be just as resource intensive. SEV is an email archive utility which helps to keep users within their mailbox quotas for Exchange Mail Servers.

Problem

The problem I encountered is that most of the users that have SEV are laptop users who would require access to their offline vaults when they are out of the office. But when those same users log in to a multi-user computer (in this particular case, Vmware View desktops) SEV would automatically begin synchronizing their archived mail. In this situation, it would be best to somehow enable vault cache for dedicated computers like laptops and desktops, but disable it for multi-user machines Continue Reading


Deploy Lenovo BIOS Settings

“How to deploy Lenovo BIOS settings”

Background

When it comes to BIOS settings deployments, you are typically going to be at the mercy of the PC manufacturer. For most Dell shops, this isn’t a problem because Dell has created a “Client Configuration Tool Kit” (CCTK) which can be used to deploy BIOS settings en masse. Intel’s answer to this problem is “Active Management Technology” (AMT) for vPro enabled chips. If you are fortunate enough to have an environment which is comprised of these AMT capable computers, it is possible to deploy BIOS settings using SCCM or something similar, regardless of make or model.

But this post isn’t about Dell or AMT, it’s about a problem I’ve encountered when trying to deploy Lenovo BIOS settings. Continue Reading