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The examples below use Altiris Task Server to execute various command-line accessible features of Lenovo TVTs.

This section assumes that the administrator has successfully installed:

  • Altiris Notification Server on a separate dedicated server
  • The Altiris Task Server component on the Altiris Notification Server
  • The Altiris Notification Server agent and Task Server subagents on various Lenovo desktops and notebooks to be managed
  • And configured the Lenovo TVT modules on the managed Lenovo systems mentioned above

For more information about Altiris documentation, visit support/ documentation.aspx); for more information about Lenovo TVT documentation, visit us/think/thinkvantagetech/ downloads_support.html as needed for help in completing these steps.

Creating a Task

This section overviews how to create your own custom tasks in the Altiris Task Server. The Lenovo-specific tasks explained throughout this white paper are already provided for you in the download link identified earlier in this document.

The following instructions are provided to help you understand how the Lenovo tasks were created and how easy it is to modify them or add your own.

To create a task in Altiris Task Server:

  1. On the Altiris Notification Server, click Start > Altiris > Altiris Console 6.5.
  2. In the Altiris Console 6.5 menu bar, select Manage > Jobs.
  3. Under Task Management, right-click Tasks and Jobs, then right-click Client Tasks. Next, click New > Folder.
  4. Enter a name for the folder you are creating and then click Apply. In this example we'll enter Lenovo TVT Tasks. This folder will contain any custom jobs that we create.
  5. Right-click the newly created Lenovo TVT Tasks folder and then select New > Task/Job.
  6. 6. Select the type of task you want to create (script, power control, software delivery, etc.).

    For our example:

    1. Select Script.
    2. Enter a task name.
    3. Enter the DOS command language script to call the TVT command line.
    4. Click OK.

    Click to view.

    This example calls the rrcmd.exe utility provided with the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery solution. It passes commands to this utility instructing the TVT to run a simple backup and label it "bk."

    Note: The Advanced button at the bottom of the script dialog screen allows you to run the script hidden, normal windows, minimized, or maximized.

Running a Task

Once the script task is created, you can run it by:

  1. Selecting the task in the tree (Rescue and Recovery - Run a Backup in this example) and then clicking the Run Now button in the details pane.
  2. In the Run name field, provide an optional run name for the task (to differentiate between different executed instances of the task) and then click the pencil icon to display a pop-up screen that allows the administrator to select a target computer or computer collection to run the task against.
  3. From the pop-up dialogue, select a collection of computers (see the Lenovo ThinkVantage folder that contains several collections) or select a specific system (see the Lenovo-5A9975A5 computer) to run the task against. In this example, we'll click the Lenovo-5A9975AR computer in the list. Click OK to save the selection.
  4. A dialog displays the task to run, the run name and the selected computer and/or collection(s) to run the task against.

    To execute the task immediately on the selected computers, click Run Now.

    Note in the bottom right pane of each task's details section that the run status of each task is listed along with the number of resources affected. The run name is also listed if one was provided.

A Task Server portal is also available. This provides an aggregated view of multiple tasks, their status, etc.

In the previous example, an Altiris task was created to initiate a Rescue and Recovery backup on a remote system. After a backup is completed, an administrator can log on to the remote managed computer and open the Rescue and Recovery utility to view the local backup that was created. Note that the name of the backup is "bk"-the name that our example provided via the command line.

The previous example demonstrates step-by-step the creation of a Lenovo command-line call in Altiris Task Server step. Many other command-line calls are supported by the Rescue and Recovery utility as well as other TVTs.

Many examples have been provided and are available in the downloadable Lenovo task pack as part of this paper. The following sections explain the functionality of each of these and show the specific calls that each makes.

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